When you want to know how a neighbourhood enjoys itself, do you ask your local mortgage broker? No, no you don't. No offence to mortage brokers, but if you want the skinny on the fun side of things, then you ask the person who helps people put their feet up, enjoy a fine brew, fine chat and some fine tunes. You ask a bartender.
We befriended some welcoming faces at four quintessential inner city pubs – in Surry Hills, Newtown, Kings Cross and Double Bay – to find out what makes their pub the nerve centre of their locality, and to get their picks of the best in their region. Alongside refreshing beers, our pub heroes poured out plenty of local knowledge...
The famous Double Bay pub sits at the centre of the suburb’s best annual events
History, community, a sense of place – the Paddo Inn is a pub that’s also a neighbourhood hub
The Clock Hotel offers its dedicated patronage everything from people-watching to whisky tasting
Looming large on the landscape of Sydney, this iconic pub is a beacon for the local community
In a region famous for its historic pubs, the Sackville on Darling Street is simply doing everything a neighbourhood haunt ought to do.
You’d have to call it one of Sydney’s top party bars.