Whether you’re keen to sample bespoke gins or fancy going behind the bar to learn all about the art of craft brewing, we’ve got you covered. While away the hours on a rainy day, switch up your usual date night or treat yourself to a quirky experience with our guide to the best distilleries and breweries Sydney has to offer and get to know why our city is home to some of the best tipples in the world.
When it comes to the best breweries in Sydney, 4 Pines is a local fave. Head on over to the Northern Beaches for their Truck Bar, where a vintage pickup acts as beer taps for pints of lip-smacking craft beer. Topping it off? This place serves a menu of hearty pub classics (we're talking seriously stacked burgers with piles of fries) and frequently hosts live music nights.
Finders is one of Sydney’s coolest urban distilleries, which can be found nestled in the North Shore. Open for tasting sessions every Friday and Saturday night, this is a top choice for budding couples looking to switch things up with a quirky date night. Of course, you can get right into the belly of the beast with a full-blown tour of their HQ from $30 a ticket.
If you’re after something a little more unusual, Poor Toms Gin Hall is sure to impress. Up there with the best distilleries in Sydney, this Newtown bar comes decked out in all-white interiors with decorative foliage and an altar to a 'Ginsus' mascot. Make your way through a menu of signature gin creations with freshly baked slices from neighbouring Pizza Madre.
This popular Newtown boozer is so much more than your average neighbourhood hangout. Not content with just serving up some of the best craft beer in Sydney, Young Henrys is also home to fun-filled brewery tours. Head behind the bar to their small yet perfectly formed space, where you’ll learn all about the process with a selection of samples to hand.
No guide to the best distilleries and breweries in Australia would be complete without Archie Rose. Bringing together a gin distillery and a whisky distillery under one roof, this place is a mecca for cocktail classes, tasting events, production tours, blending sessions and drinks experiences, making it an essential visit for a boozy day out in Sydney.
The Grifter Brewing Company
The Grifter Brewing Company is one of Marrickville’s most popular locals. Pay a visit to their brewery and tasting bar opposite Enmore Park and you’ll find a buzzing converted warehouse space that champions community spirit, with an extensive list of brews on tap and in cans. And if you get hungry? They’ve got Rico’s Taco Truck serving delicious bites to eat.
Batch Brewing Co
If you fancy having a wander around one of Sydney’s many craft beer breweries, make sure to check out Batch Brewing Co. With two sites in the city, Marrickville and Petersham, this place not only offers an inside glance into the production side of things but offers a cosy spot for trying their creations. Plus, there's regular food and drink events to check out too.
Sydney's only dedicated craft rum distillery can be found in the ever-exciting neighbourhood of Surry Hills. Founded in 2017, Brix Distillers aims to showcase top-quality ingredients and delicious flavours sourced from across Australia. As well as hosting a roster of classes, tours and rum making experiences, this place has a relaxed bar for cocktails and small plates.
Sauce Brewing Co.
Sauce Brewing Co. is an independent microbrewery in Sydney, specialising in easy-to-drink ale, lager, IPA, stout and plenty more. In the summer months, their sprawling beer garden becomes a hub for socialising, with freshly poured pints and mouthwatering eats from resident food trucks, alongside a regular selection of events to check out too.
Rocks Brewing Co
If you’re searching for a top brewery in Alexandria, Rocks Brewing Co is just the spot for you. Serving some of Sydney’s best craft beer, this place is a must for lovers of all things hoppy. Swing by for in-depth brewery tours and delicious menus of classic pub grub, with a hearty selection of 20 regularly rotating taps which are all brewed on site.
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