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There’s been an explosion of good beer across venues in Sydney. We’ve seen the rise of the small bar, the revitalisation of the corner pub and the evolution of the local club. It’s in large part down to a greater interest in high quality beer that resonates with people and their communities.

Breweries now have their own taprooms or cellar doors, providing beer directly to thirsty locals. Independent beer has passed from the reserve of the nerdy to something for everyone, meaning it’s more readily available than ever. Independent bottle shops are not only sustainable but are connecting with beer lovers on a whole new level.

Sydney is a city where you can go nearly anywhere and find good beer. Sometimes, it’s just a case of knowing where to look. All the pubs, clubs, bars and bottle shops here are reliable and trustworthy providers of good beer.

  • Ashfield has a small but excellent craft-focused speciality bottle shop. Labelled as Liquor Legends, Ashfield Mall Cellars (as it’s better know) is unassuming in appearance. It looks like a discount…

  • The Noble Hops, Redfern

    July 18, 2016

    The Noble Hops has opened up in Redfern to much fanfare. It has that real small bar vibe and a focus on awesome craft beer and whisky. The real litmus…

  • Coming under the Rocks Brewing banner, the Lord Raglan Hotel in Alexandria is a quirky pub with a fantastic range of beers. The Lord Raglan features a large wide open bar…

  • Flat Rock Brew Cafe is a lively northern Sydney venue serving up a global selection of beers as well as their own house brews. There’s an obvious English influence at Flat…

  • Beer Cartel, Artarmon

    June 27, 2016

    Beer Cartel is the bottle shop to go to if you’re north of the bridge. Possibly best known for their online store, Beer Cartel also has a physical shop in…

  • Spooning Goats, CBD

    May 9, 2016

    There are a number of great places for craft beer along York Street in the CBD. However, not many have captured the hearts of beer enthusiasts like Spooning Goats. It’s…

  • Akasha Brewing started operations in Five Dock to much excitement and acclaim. The cellar door gives beer drinkers the chance to try their hoppy beers as fresh as possible. Aside…

  • In the back streets of Rozelle there sits one of Sydney’s most celebrated craft beer venues, The Welcome Hotel. It’s a proper old pub but one that carries a shiny…

  • Want that growler refilled but can’t make it all the way down Enmore Road to Young Henrys? Is Marrickville just too far to get to the sweet, sweet nectar at…

  • It’s impressive that craft beer has now penetrated even the most tourist driven parts of Sydney. That’s what’s happened with Beer Deluxe opening in Darling Harbour. First and foremost, Beer…

  • It’s a small space at Nomad in Brookvale but, like their beers, it’s packed with character. Cosy is probably the best word to describe the Nomad Brewing tasting room. It…

  • The Royal Albert Hotel has become something of a craft beer institution in Sydney. Close to the city, in the trendy suburb of Surry Hills, the Royal Albert Hotel somehow…

  • The Grifter brewery bar opened up in late 2015 and it looks set to go from strength to strength. The Grifter Brewing Co. have been steadily building a reputation through…

  • The Rose, Chippendale

    December 28, 2015

    Chippendale is close to my heart. For such a small suburb it sure has some awesome places to drink craft beer. But if you’ve had your fill of Knox Street…

  • The Little Guy, Glebe

    December 14, 2015

    Glebe is home to one of Sydney’s best small bars with an awesome beer list, The Little Guy. Glebe. It’s just full of restaurants, isn’t it? What’s more, they’re nearly…

  • Empire Hotel, Annandale

    November 18, 2015

    Parramatta Road is getting famous for a few of its boozy venues. Down the road from the award winning bottle shop, Camperdown Cellars, is the Empire Hotel. Refurbished fairly recently,…