There's a reason why the Oaks Hotel in Neutral Bay won the people's choice in the 2021 Time Out Bar and Restaurant Revive Awards. From its open grills, polished service and expansive beer garden, the Oaks has the lot. The lure of this shady beer garden has always been a key element of the Oaks’ appeal, but following a recent refurbishment this sprawling establishment now boasts a spruced-up lounge bar, Alala's, and their very own in-house butcher.
There's a lot that goes into making great pub. They need to furnish you with an excellent counter meal and friendly service, and a game of darts or pool doesn't go astray. In the cooler months we love a good fireplace and the rest of the year (or a sunny winter's day) it's all about having a welcoming beer garden. There are a lot of rock-solid pubs in this city, and these are the pick of the bunch.