City Rail, Sydney Trains, whatever you call them – they get a bad rap. But one thing they have going in their favour is the variety of top class craft beer venues right on the door step of their stations.
So, bust out the Opal Card and follow this hop-on-hop-off train ride around some of Sydney’s best craft beer venues.
For simplicity, we start at Central Station.
Central – Royal Albert Hotel
While there are a few pubs reasonably close to Central there aren’t a lot of stand out craft venues right outside. So it’s a ten minute walk to the Royal Albert Hotel.
It’s one of the leading craft beer pubs in Sydney with a number of rotating taps and a strong focus on supporting Australian craft breweries, especially if they’re from Sydney. Whatever’s on tap, the bar staff will be able to recommend something for your tastes.
Other options include sister pubs Keg & Brew (Foveaux Street) and Dove & Olive (Devonshire Street). The latter is a slightly longer walk but it’s conveniently located straight up Devonshire Street. It has a slightly plusher setup, and more space. While each has a macro lager presence, they both get an interesting variety of craft beer.
Redfern – The Noble Hops
(Travel time Central-Redfern: approx. 2 minutes)
Hop back on the train at Central and take the short ride to Redfern. This is actually a very easy walk but let’s stick with the train theme.
Across the road from the station you can wander up Redfern Street and find The Noble Hops. This venue opened in 2016 and is quickly become a favourite small bar among Sydney’s craft beer lovers.
With ten rotating taps showcasing local and international breweries, along with a well stocked beer fridge and whisky shelf, there’s something for everyone.
The Noble Hops is particularly popular with the local Redfern community and fans of American hop-forward beers, which feature prominently.
Erskineville – Hive Bar
(Travel time Redfern-Erskineville: approx. 3 minutes)
Erskineville is a quietly cool suburb. It doesn’t get as much hype as nearby Newtown or Marrickville but there’s some interesting stuff happening there. Not least, just a two minute walk from the station, The Hive Bar.
A favourite place for local gypsy brewers Shenanigans and Merchant Brewing, you’ll find four taps of great craft beer, an ever-changing bottle list, classic cocktails and some great tunes. It’s a perfect stop on this crafty train ride.
Sydenham – Batch Brewing Co.
(Travel time Erskineville-Sydenham: approx. 5 minutes)
So, next it’s to Sydenham Station. Although we’ll actually be spending our time in Marrickville. Batch Brewing Co. is a short stroll from Sydenham Station.
While Batch’s brewery bar is essentially a large warehouse in an industrial park, inside there’s a great community vibe and fresh beer. They’ll have small batch stuff alongside their signature West Coast IPA and American Pale Ale.
Newtown – Young Henrys
(Travel time Sydenham-Newtown: approx. 15-25 minutes)
The other stops so far have all been on one train line but now we need to go back a few stops in order to hop on the short ride to Newtown.
There are a few decent pubs along King Street but given its close proximity to Newtown Station and its standing in the Sydney craft beer scene, Young Henrys is an obvious choice.
While those at the pointy end of craft beer might not be spending as much time at the Wilford Street brewery, it’s still immensely popular with locals, with those just discovering craft beer or people looking for something a little different for a Saturday afternoon.
A Reason To Take The Train
Sydney’s train network might not be the best but it’s far from the worst around. When you factor in how close great craft beer venues are to some of the stations, it actually starts looking pretty good.
If you get onto a train line with one of these stops, you’re a short ride away from great local beer.
Are there any other craft beer spots near Sydney train stations? Leave a comment with where else you’d add to a crafty Sydney train ride.