There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to finding a local pub and with so many great pubs in the Potts Point and Woolloomooloo area, the decision is made even harder.
That’s why we’ve crafted a small list of local pubs, each offering a unique experience to suit your individual taste on any particular day or night.
The Old Fitzroy Hotel
129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
The Old Fitzroy Hotel, affectionately known as ‘The Old Fitz’, is one of Sydney’s oldest pubs, and has worked hard to keep that old pub charm. A local spot for many artists, writers and actors, including playwright Louis Nowra and his beloved pet Coco the Chihuahua, the Old Fitz is a reminder of Woolloomooloo’s colorful bohemian past—including an intimate theatre hidden in its basement.
In addition, the Old Fitz recently received Timeout magazines ‘Best Bar Food’ award. On the menu, you can find pub standards—steak and Sunday roast—as well as traditional English favourites such as scotch eggs, shepherd’s pie, and the special menu’s mainstay, a hot chip butty with mushy peas and curry sauce.
The Tilbury Hotel
12-18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo
From the outside, it’s easy to mistake the Tilbury Hotel as just another of Woolloomooloo’s long-standing waterside pubs. However, once inside, the light, bright Tilbury Hotel is modern and spacious with one of the best outdoor courtyards that Sydney has to offer.
If you’re looking for a new local, the Tilbury is walking distance from Kings Cross, the Art gallery, Government house, the Navy Barracks, and the famous Harry’s Café de Wheels. And, for dog lovers, the Tilbury Hotel is dog friendly, perfect for those who want to walk their dog and catch up with friends.
The New Hampton Hotel
9-15 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point
The New Hampton Hotel’s mission is simple, “serve delicious, affordable food that guests will want to return to week after week.” Simple, right? Well, the Hampton surely makes it look effortless, offering all day dining to late night drinks. The Hampton’s rustic and cozy atmosphere—in the heart of the Potts Point— is all about getting the simple things right. Don’t feel like going out? Locals can stay in and enjoy takeaway from the New Hampton’s menu or have cocktails and drinks home delivered.
The Bourbon Hotel
22 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
The iconic Bourbon Hotel, once a popular R&R destination for US servicemen during the Vietnam war, became famous—or perhaps infamous—for its indulgent and decadent nightlife. These days, however, you can expect a much more relaxed vibe with a great selection of wine, beer, and pub food classics. And, if you are interested in an afternoon of rest and recreation, the Bourbon Hotel hasn’t lost its penchant for entertainment, with live music on nearly every night of the week.
46 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
What do a drunken sailor, American pie and the garden of Eden all have in common? Why they are all signature cocktails at Woolloomooloo’s Frisco Hotel, of course.
Along with many other fun, rum-based cocktails, the harbour-side hangout, only a few hundred meters from Sydney’s Fleet Base, has embraced its navy heritage with beautiful blue and white trimmed interior, and a well-priced menu that celebrates fresh, local seafood sourced from the Sydney Fish Markets every couple of days. Here, vegans are also well catered for: Wednesday nights currently feature vegan specials, and there’s an entire plant based section on the menu.
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