Nothing beats toasting your toes near a fireplace. Especially with a drink in hand and plush armchairs to nestle in. With winter well on it’s way and an early cold snap already taking over the city, these cosy pubs with fireplaces, rustic aesthetics and a homely, inviting feel are sure to warm you up. Here are some of our absolute favourites in Sydney.
1. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Sydney’s oldest pub deserves first billing. Located at The Rocks, the pub itself invites you to take a step back into time. With excellent beers, modern Australian cuisine and a crackling blaze, this is the ideal pub to escape to when the cold weather hits.
19 Kent St, The Rocks. Find more info here.
2. The Duke of Clarence
This 18th-Century inspired tavern is a charming and secluded British-inspired pub with brilliant eats, cocktails, cosy armchairs and comforting open fires. It’s remained a hidden gem for countless years and a true winter staple if you’re in Sydney.
Laneway, 152, 156 Clarence St. More details here.
3. The Glebe Hotel
This suave, old-fashioned pub comes with a beer garden and excellent wines complemented by a cosy fireplace and British eats. Located in a cosy corner in Glebe, it’s well known for its period decor and perfect steaks.
63 Bay St, Glebe. Head to their official website for more info.
4. The Lord Dudley
This Woollahra boozer is another English-style pub with a cosy fireplace and splendid pub fare that’ll warm you up from the inside out. It has a traditional, old world vibe to it which goes perfectly with it’s pleasant decor and extensive wine list.
236 Jersey Rd, Paddington. See more here.
5. The Doss House
This speakeasy located at The Rocks is set up in an old sandstone building and boasts of excellent cocktails and even better atmosphere. It’s got a distinctive old-school dungeon vibe and a welcoming fireplace to huddle up next to.
77/79 George St, The Rocks. Head here for more info.
6. Charlie Parker’s
This intimate underground bar offers a wide range of cocktails and gins with lovely, rustic interiors flanked by a roaring fireplace. Escape from the rain and cold at this cosy winter hideout, you might end up spending your whole day here.
Basement/380 Oxford St, Paddington. Get more details here.
7. Cricketers Arms Hotel
This quaint little pub is an old Surry Hills icon and the ideal spot to while away your time on a cold, soggy day. With cosy alcoves, an inviting fireplace and a splendid food and drinks menu, if you’re after cosy pubs with fireplaces in the city, this needs to be high up on your list.
385 Reservoir Rd, Prospect NSW. Get all the info on their official website.
8. Dove & Olive
If you’re a beer enthusiast, you need to head straight to Dove & Olive in Surry Hills. With twinkling lights, comfy booths and an extensive drinks menu, this is the ideal spot to hunker down in near a warm fireplace.
156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills. Get all the details on Dove & Olive’s website.
9. The Riverview Hotel
This hidden gem in Balmain is an 1880 gastropub with an open fire, a rooftop courtyard and craft beers aplenty. The Riverview offers an intimate pub experience with earthy interiors, warm lights and typical pub food and drinks.
29 Birchgrove Rd, Balmain. See more here.