Here are three must-visit pubs in Sydney from the perspective of an experienced student!


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Sydney, located in the southern hemisphere, has a lot of pubs because of its strong roots in British culture.

I’ve actually been to some of them while studying abroad, and I’d like to recommend three of the best places to go!

Recommended for people like this
  • You like to drink and want to know the best pubs in Sydney.
  • Want to go to pubs that you can’t find in guidebooks
  • People who like to go to pubs in other countries

Contents of this article
  • 3pubs that I recommend in Sydney
  • Characteristics of pubs in Australia
  • 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Going to a Pub

I experienced studying abroad in Sydney for a year starting in 2018. Currently, I am writing a blog about my experience.

By reading this post, you’ll get to know about some of the most popular pubs in Sydney!


3 Pubs I would recommend in Sydney

There are many pubs in the CBD, the heart of the city, and they are used as places for people to socialize.

I’ve compiled a list of three pubs that I personally recommend, for your reference!

1 Maloney’s Hotel

Sydney pub

This pub is located near the Town Hall station.

It’s also very close to the Greenwich language school, so I used to go there a lot when I was studying abroad.

One of the features of this pub is that it is a bit more affordable than other pubs and has more seats.

The best thing about this pub is the beer deals, starting at 10:00 in the morning, you can get a pitcher of XXXX beer for only $8!

They also have regular events at the pub, so feel free to join in!

Maloney’s Hotel
  • Address: 81 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
  • Opening hours: 10:00am – 3:00am daily
  • Closed: No holidays

2 80 Proof @ Cheers Bar

Sydney pub

This pub is located in the basement of George Street.

The reason why I recommend this pub is because it is a place where language exchange meetings are regularly held.

It’s a great place to meet Australians who you don’t normally have contact with, and I often attended these events!

At midnight, it becomes a nightclub, so you can enjoy music and drinks.

You can practice what you’ve learned at the language school at these social occasions!

By the time you realize it, your language skills will have improved.

80 Proof @ Cheers Bar
  • Address: 561 George St, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
  • Business hours: Open 24 hours
  • Closed: No holidays

3 The Baxter Inn

Sydney pub

The last pub I’m going to introduce is one of Sydney’s hidden pubs, and it may take some courage to go there for the first time.

This pub is located not far from Sydney Tower, and you can see the entrance from the front street through a dimly lit alley.

I went there with my friends, which was reassuring lol.

There is a security guard at the entrance, so you need to show your ID to enter the pub.

When you go down the basement stairs, you’ll see a breathtaking sight!

There were hundreds of different kinds of whiskeys and sophisticated bartenders.

It’s a bit of an upscale place, so be careful not to drink too much!

The fruit cocktails are highly recommended, so be sure to try them!

The Baxter Inn
  • Address: 152-156 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
  • Opening hours: 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. daily
  • Closed: No holidays

Characteristics of Australian pubs

Basically, the interior of the pub is dimly lit, with tall tables and often no walls or other partitions in the store.

Many beer servers are lined up at the bar counter, and it is probably a feature of Australian pubs that you can easily interact with them.

Five things to keep in mind when going to a pub

1Always carry your ID card with you.


Because of Australia’s strict laws against alcohol, you must have your ID checked at all pubs.

In the daytime, they often don’t check your ID, but in the evening, they often do, so make sure you carry your ID with you.

In my experience, a friend of mine forgot his ID card and could not enter a pub, so please be careful too.

2 Take care of your items


Even in Sydney, which is said to be a safe city, there have been reports of pickpocketing and theft.

It is easy to become judgmental when drinking, so always be careful with your personal belongings.

Many pubs accept cards, so keep cash to a minimum.

3 Don’t get too drunk


This is a surprise to me, but if you get too drunk in a pub, you will be thrown out of the bar.

I’ve seen people being carried out of pubs by strong security guards.

I think this is also a law against alcohol in Australia.

My friend was actually taken out of the store once, so enjoy your alcohol in moderation!

4 Dress Code


Depending on the day of the week and time of day, the dress code is often strictly enforced.

For men, there are many cases where they are refused entry with sandals.

I have witnessed such situations myself, so be careful about what you wear.

5 Keep an eye on your drink


Some customers in pubs can be suspicious.

I’ve heard of cases where they put sleeping pills in the alcohol, so it’s best to drink it all if you are leaving your seat.

If you go to the pub with a friend, one of you will watch over the other, so you can enjoy your drink with more peace of mind.


pub Sydney

  • If you want to drink in the daytime, Maloney’s Hotel is the place to go.
  • If you want to improve your language skills while having fun, try 80 Proof @ Cheers Bar
  • The Baxter Inn if you want to have a special experience

I’ve introduced three pubs that you must visit in Sydney!

I’m sure you’ll have a great time at all of them, so please try them out!

Have a great nightlife in Sydney!

I’ll be posting more information about Australia in the future, so please stay tuned.

Thank you for reading to the end!