FOOD & DRINK Features
Sydney’s Best Beer Gardens
The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. So what better way to spend the afternoon than relaxing in the sun and catching up with friends over a few drinks? But where to go? Almost every bar in Sydney has some sort of beer garden, so how do you tell the good, from the bad, from the ugly? Here’s our favourite beer gardens to wet your whistle.
The Beresford Hotel
354 Bourke St
Surry Hills, 2010
02 9254 8088
When it comes to sitting back with a cold beer on a hot summer afternoon, there are few better locations than the Beresford. Situated in the heart of the hipster hub that is Surry Hills, the beer garden out the back is a leafy hideaway from the mile-a-minute world outside. Decked out with iron seats and glass topped tables dotted around the flagstone courtyard, the ample seating invites you to kick back and relax, sip away at your beverage, and simply enjoy.
The Albion Hotel
135 George St
02 9891 3288
This establishment, way out west, took out the top gong at the 2013 AHA awards for the best outdoor venue, and it’s not hard to see why. Make your way through the sparse interior of the pub (which doubles as a club come the evening), and you find yourself in classically styled pub surroundings. Take away all the trimmings, and you have simple yet appealing wooden furniture, a well stocked outdoor bar and massive sun umbrellas to keep away that vicious western heat. It’s a big space, but it’s filled up nicely to make you feel cozy and at home.
306 Liverpool St
02 9331 3672
Outdoor space in Sydney real estate is at a premium, so it’s all about turning what you’ve got into what you want. Darlo Bar is a perfect example of that. The beer garden is upstairs, and is actually an outdoor part of the indoor area. They’ve taken off the roof to let that lovely sun in, and set the area up with garden chairs and long wooden tables interspersed among a plethora of flourishing pot plants. No outdoor space is no problem at the Darlo Bar, when you can literally raise the roof. Darlo Bar brings a little bit of nature to the concrete jungle.
The Rose Hotel
Cnr Cleveland St and Shepherd St
02 9318 1133
The Rose Hotel is among a dying breed of pubs in Sydney that maintains that feeling of a real pub. The wood panelled walls inside give way to the airy beer garden, filled with long tables that seemed to have been simply chipped away from logs and heavily varnished. It’s the urban lumberjack’s dream, with the far wall covered in creeping vines, and a covered area that houses the obligatory pool table. So, rain, hail or shine, there’s always space for a frosty pint at The Rose Hotel.
Writer & Photographer – James. W