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The best kid-friendly pubs in Sydney

Pubs and parenting don’t mix. 
Or do they?

Photograph: Anna Kucera

Whether it’s the awesome ball pit that’ll keep ‘em busy, or the $5 feeds for little ones that’ll satisfy the bank manager, these local pubs don’t shun parents for bringing their toddlers or their tweens. 

Australian Brewery and Hotel

Bring the whole clan to the Brewery for the multi-level climbing frame, soft play area for tots and $9 menu for tiny tastebuds. Grab a $5 ice cream sundae or traffic light jelly for the nippers.

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Western Sydney

The Balmain Hotel

There’s a big beer garden and three pinball machines. But the best part is the kids’ menu – from 5pm to 6pm daily, it’ll cost you just $5 to feed the little ones. 

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Belrose Hotel

One of the Northern Beaches’ largest hotels is also one of the best for bubs. This place has a huge soft-play area and on Sundays kids eat brekky for free.

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Ettamogah Hotel

Little ones will love the kiddie activities on offer every week, from jumping castles to pony rides and face painters. There’s also a "feed my mob" special: the more kids to feed, the greater the discount.

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Sydney

The Golden Barley Hotel

A stone’s throw from Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre, the Golden Barley’s handy for a quick, no-fuss bite after swimming. They’ve got $8 kids' meals and a Busy Nippers activity bag for $1.50.

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Marrickville

Greystanes Hotel

The little tackers can lose themselves inside the colourful five-storey play maze next to a slippery slide, all undercover. Next door, meanwhile, is a veritable paddock boasting gumtrees, a kind of spinning donut covered at any given moment by a gaggle of giddy squealers, and an elaborate flying fox that propels the brave-hearted on a ten-metre flight over an ocean of bark chips. On weekends, they’ve even got a jumping castle installed (weather permitting).

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The Henson

At one of the most family-friendly watering holes in the Inner West there’s a rumpus room, a ball pit, and $3.50 salted caramel milkshakes.

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Marrickville

The Norfolk

Kids can chomp down on dishes like battered cocktail franks or fish and chips (or corn) for $2 every day of the week.

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The Ranch Hotel

Games and dance machines indoors, playground and jumping castle out back. Bonus: kids’ plates are all priced at less than $10.

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Terrey Hills Tavern

Kids’ dishes are $8.50 each, but the real drawcard is the glassed-in play area – let them loose and finish your meal in peace.

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Sydney

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By: Emma Joyce