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Sip on wine by the fireplace at these cosy Sydney bars

As the relentless chill shows no sign of easing, we Sydneysiders have to find ways to make it through those frigid wintery afternoons, and what better way than snuggling in with a glass of red and good company in front of a crackling fire at one of these Sydney pubs.


The Lord Dudley

Toast yourself by the crackling embers in this Woollahra institution. The sandstone walls of the restaurant make an appealing backdrop to nestle in for homey English-style pub fare, and with over 20 beers on tap and a comprehensive wine list you’ll be left wanting for nothing.

236 Jersey Road, Woollahra


The Lord Nelson

A beloved stalwart of The Rocks, the Lord Nelson is home to Australia’s oldest pub brewery and a glowing fireplace to keep patron’s toes from freezing all winter long. Their Upstairs award-winning food menu is all about innovative, contemporary Australian, and downstairs you’ll be treated to simple, hearty pub classics.

19 Kent Street, The Rocks

The Commons

Though not strictly a pub, you could be forgiven the confusion given just how relaxing a Sunday session at this Darlinghurst venue can be. Warm yourself by the open fireplace as you tuck in to a Sunday Roast washed down with one of their Barrel Aged Cocktails – perfect to warm you from the inside out.

32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst

Duke of Clarence

This 18th century inspired London tavern does comfort British eats like no other in town, teaming them with cask ale and cocktails best ingested by the roaring fire. Their selection of over 500 spirits and impeccably trained bartenders will whet your appetite for a tipple from the first sip – if you’re looking for a winter date spot, you won’t find anywhere better.

The Laneway between 152 and 156 Clarence Street, Sydney

The Dove and Olive

This fail-safe Surry Hills haunt has long been favoured by locals for its daily food and drinks specials (yep, $4.50 beer, wine and spirits from 5-7pm Monday to Saturday) and range of over 20 dedicated craft beer taps (not to mention bottled options). With a space to suit every pub-preference, you’ll find a nook that fits just right at the Dove and olive.

156 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills

The Riverview

This Inner West has serious chops on the pub charts, so when it comes to chalking up a sturdy reputation you know that anything situated in Balmain is going to have it sorted. The pub does smart-casual vibes like no other, and their 12 hour slow braised lamb shoulder goes down best with a smooth red by their open fireplace.

29 Birchgrove Road, Balmain

The Morrison

Escape from your desk and into the welcoming arms of this Inner City hideout, with a statement fireplace giving the ‘Conservatory’ a charming NY brasserie atmosphere. Every evening this August from 6 – 7pm you can indulge in their $1 oyster special and Morrison happy hour meaning that a night on the tipple and seafood needn’t hurt your wallet.

225 George Street, Sydney

Hero of Waterloo

Hidden away toward the back of the venue, the fireplace at the Hero of Waterloo provides the whole venue with a radiating heat that is soaked up by the historic sandstone walls. Hopefully you’ll catch a glimpse of the resident ghost as you munch on a ‘Hero Burger’ who supposedly likes to loiter by the fire like the rest of us mortals when the chilly weather sets in.

81 Lower Fort Street, The Rocks


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