It might be getting chilly, but theres no excuse when the Sydney sun in shining. Weve picked out our favourite Sydney Beer Gardens – perfect for those crispy winter afternoons.
Although the inside of this iconic Victorian styled hotel built in 1885 is in itself worthy of a mention, through its Georgian orange windows lies a sun soaked outdoor area shaded by a majestic 80 year-old oak tree canopying out over the entire dining area. A good setting for a glass of one of their craft beers or ciders and steak and chips. And when the sun fades its replaced by fairy lights densely lining the oak tree and youll feel like your in a bar in Neverland.
118 Military Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089 | www.oakshotel.com.au
Matt Moran and his hospitality management group, Solotel, own this joint. The modern gazebo with mossy trellises and greenery entwined thatched walls and floating lights makes the Jug of Pimms and a bottle of French rose taste that much betterwith a wagyu burger, obviously.
429 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2043 | www.thesheaf.com.au
A convivial and often packed summer venue in the inner west and is often teased for being the bohotel. The Courty is 150 year-old country styled pub and attracts an array of different beer garden loving local folks. You may find a bikie talking to a bespectacled, leftwing Professor whos sharing her plate of chips with an artist with dreadlocks under white awnings and fairy lit frangipanis. This place bustles so if you want a table arrive early and order a pub meal with a drink from their generous selection and watch the place become increasingly filled before you.
202 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042 |www.solotel.com.au/venue-details/pub/courthouse-hotel
The Newport is on the shores of Pittwater 31 km north of the CBD and is the largest waterfront beer garden in Australia. A northern suburbs landmark since 1880, the building and the area surrounding was gentrified and re-opened by the Merivale group. This Montauk cross The Hamptons cross Mediterranean inspired estate includes an impressive outdoor area riddled with chinese elms, plane trees, crape myrtles and date palms and is kept by resident gardener David Testall. The place is adorned by a local mural artist and furniture makers to ensure the Northern suburb coastal style was authentically imbued. The venue includes a number of stalls and outlets set out like a food market so if you time your visit with one of their live gigs you can grab the cuisine of your choice with a beer and be serenaded while watching the sun set over the glossed crimson bay.
2 Kalinya St, Newport NSW 2106 |www.merivale.com/venues/thenewport