5 Sydney Establishments Where You Can Drink With the Flies and Look at the Sky

There are few things more Australian than enjoying a drink at the end of a long day. Solo travellers don't need to miss out on the fun at these great Sydney pubs.


Ivy Bar. Image credit: Alpha via Flickr

1. Courthouse Hotel, Newton

The Courthouse Hotel in Newtown has one of Sydney's most famous beer gardens, a wide open space that's twice as large as the historic pub's interior which is open to people from all walks of life. The traditionalists enjoy Carlton, Reschs, and New on tap, but there are also plenty of boutique beers and ciders for travellers with more discerning tastes. Pair them with pub classics like fish and chips, chicken ‘schnitties’, or the favourite Courty burger. You'll get the most value between 5 and 7:30 on Tuesdays, when schooners cost just $3.20.

2. Newport Arms, Newport

Newport Arms claims to have the largest waterfront beer garden in Sydney, and it's hard to argue with its claim. It's so big that it's been divided up into distinct zones to make it easier to navigate. In one corner there's a projector screen which shows family movies and all the big games. In another you'll find old school pinball machines and arcade games. But who needs technology when you can admire the harbour views? The Northern Beaches might be beer country, but the pub also has an expansive cocktail menu for visitors with sweeter tastes.

3. Hotel Sweeney's, Sydney

Getting up to the top level will test your endurance, but it's worth the huffing and puffing to check out the view from the roof. Don't be discouraged by the lacklustre Thai kitchen or the uninhabited pool room you'll pass on the way. The rooftop is where it's at, a place where you can soak up a chilled atmosphere and equally cold beers. It's right in the middle of Sydney's CBD, so drinking here feels a bit like floating amongst a sea of skyscrapers. Soak it in as you're chatting to the friendly young clientele.

4. Ivy Pool Club, Sydney

The Pool Club are for patrons looking to be seen, but it's worth dealing with a bit of the display if you’re looking to enjoy a dip and drinks. The cocktails are on the pricey end of the scale, but with one taste you’ll know that they're worth every cent. If your fingers are getting pruney, head downstairs for a dance at Changeroom.

5. Zeta Bar, Sydney

After you visit local attractions, unwind at the trendy Zeta Bar. If you really love your cocktails, there's no better place to get them than Zeta Bar. The expert mixologists here make their own syrups and aren't afraid to try daring combinations, like the cheesy pecorino Negroni or moreish Peanut Butter Flip. The balcony offers great views of the Queen Victoria Building while listening to uplifting house music in the background. 

Whether you’re travelling solo, with a friend, or with family, these five establishments are the perfect way to extend your longs days of travel while drinking with the flies and looking at the sky!