Top ten pubs in NSW

23 December 2013

New South Wales has a range of excellent pubs that cater to all tastes, whether you’re looking for good views, delicious food, a great atmosphere, family friendly surroundings or all of the above!

With so much choice you will have fun picking an establishment for a bit of R&R, tasty food and a cold drink.

To take some of the pressure off, here is a list of some of our favourite pubs from across the State so that you can pick the best watering hole for you and your fellow travellers.

The Dockyard: This Newcastle-based pub overlooks the harbour, and offers an extensive beer and wine list which changes frequently. Located in one of the city’s most vibrant precincts – Honeysuckle – it is a great bar to use as a starting point for a night out.

Dockyard Hotel

Dockyard Hotel

The Albion Hotel: If you like craft beers, this award-winning Newcastle pub has more than 220 microbrewery specials on its books, along with top cuisine from head chef James Christensen.

Jack Duggan’s Irish Pub: A true Irish local in Bathurst. This friendly bar has an authentic restaurant with menus inspired by the Emerald Isle, as well as clean and affordable NSW accommodation.

The Lennox Hotel: Looking for a place to unwind in Lennox Head on the North Coast? With its beachside location, relaxing ocean facing deck, live music and first-class cuisine, it offers the ultimate work-day wind-down. Patrons can also enjoy free pool on certain days, pub quizzes and poker nights.

The Lennox Hotel

The Lennox Hotel

Sutton Forest Inn: If you fancy a picturesque rural retreat then this is an ideal option for those visiting the Southern Highlands. With a cosy interior, great views and impeccable service, this is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.

Royal Hotel Moree: Visitors hoping for drinks and accommodation in the centre of town should take a trip to this hotel. Patrons have a choice of two bars, with the John McKenzie Public Bar offering sports, horse racing and pool, while the Lounge Bar provides a heated beer garden.

The Sawtell Hotel: Another beachside pub, this one is located just eight kilometres south of Coffs Harbour and enjoys a laid-back and friendly atmosphere. Bringing the kids? A children’s playground is available, while mums and dads can relax and listen to weekly live entertainment and bands.

Empire Bay Tavern: This family friendly Central Coast pub has live entertainment and presents a welcoming atmosphere for all ages and even boasts ten beers on tap – both local and imported! Wine enthusiasts can instead enjoy the tavern’s extensive selection of reds, whites and sparklings, among others.

Empire Bay Tavern

Empire Bay Tavern

Snowy Vineyard and Microbrewery: Okay, it may not technically be a pub – but it does serve beer! This winery has been established for nearly 30 years, but it now brews five beers ranging from a smooth, creamy blonde ale to a 6.5 per cent strong ale. Not for the faint hearted!

Patonga Beach Hotel: This establishment in Patonga is well known for its nautically themed Sandbar. It boasts a rounded bar-top made from mahogany and jarrah that was taken from the America’s Cup Bar at the Sydney Hilton Hotel in 2000. Serving a mix of premium brands and some of Australia’s most popular tipples, the bar has many furnishings inspired by J Class yacht racing.

Patonga Beach Hotel

Patonga Beach Hotel