Sydney Historic Pub Crawl Walking Tour.
Of all Australia’s cities, Sydney is renowned by both visitors and locals as the place to be if you’re thirsty and after a generous measure of Aussie pub culture to scratch that itch.
The watery city boasts a pub on almost every corner, such is the devotion to the humble tavern, making it the best place in the country to quench your thirst with a cocktail or quaff a cold amber ale.
With such a selection of hostelries, it’s a tall order, of course, to know where to wet your whistle. To help out, embark on our “Historic Sydney Pub Crawl” and visit some of the oldest Pubs in the city.
Whether the claim is ‘the oldest pub’, ‘the longest-running continual liquor license’ or ‘the oldest building ever used as a public house’ there will never be a definite answer as colonial Sydney was brimming with sly grog shops and hotels from 1800 onwards.
Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy
– Benjamin Franklin
Historic Sydney Pub Crawl
Sydney comes with a storied past. In the hidden alleys and dens of the city’s inner streets, an assortment of artists, criminals, strippers, activists, and hookers have all led their varied lives.
This is a town that lived by its own notorious anarchy and rum-induced monopoly during colonization, which later evolved into a place of street gangs, brothels, and unsolved murders.
But Sydney’s history also involves beatniks, underground writers, artists and secret societies.
Taking a look back, let’s bring a few characters back to life — take a journey into their haunts and tell their colorful tales of mischief, with the ultimate Sydney historic Pub crawl.
Who deserves to be called Sydney’s oldest drinking establishment? We will let you decide for yourself on this 4-hour walking Sydney pub tour of 4 of Sydney’s oldest pubs.
Any Sydneysider can map the city by its historical pubs. These atmospheric watering holes (officially called hotels because they once offered rooms as well as beer) provide a hedonistic key to exploring Australia’s most beautiful city. They range from venerable sandstone relics to elegant Victorian bars and boisterous 1920s working men’s pubs rich in art deco flourishes. After several decades of neglect, lavish facelifts are making these antique pubs the height of Sydney nightlife and fashion. Many now have top-notch restaurants, others spectacular views. But each offers a bar-side window onto Australia’s past, which, as Mark Twain observed after an 1895 visit, “does not read like history, but the most beautiful lies.”
Visit four of Sydney’s oldest and most famous pubs and bars. As you taste some of the best beer Sydney has to offer, sit back and listen to the stories and histories of these fascinating watering holes that have served the public for over 100 years.
Along the way, you visit a variety of Pubs, all with their own story to tell. Of course, no drinking tour would be complete without a beer or two. With many local breweries, you won’t have to look far to find a great-tasting beer. Whatever you enjoy, you will certainly find something to quench your thirst and nibble on.
“Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.”
– Henry Lawson
Price: $75 for adults ( This is the price for a shared public Tour. There should be minimum 3 person’s payment for a group tour to go.) Please check our Disclosures for City Breaks & Adventures for explanations on shared or private city tours.
All tour participants must be age 18 or older. This tour is limited to participants age 18 or older because of age restrictions at the pubs and bars we will be visiting. Please remember to bring a valid government-issued Photo ID with you.
Go Local Tours supports the responsible enjoyment of alcoholic beverages. When it is misused, alcohol can be dangerous. We want you to have an unforgettable night, but for your safety, the bars visited on Pub Crawls will cut you off if you’ve reached your limit. The mission is to show you Sydney’s nightlife, not to get you drunk.
- Location: Our guide will be standing outside of Sydney Customs House. The Customs House is a historic Sydney landmark located in the city’s Circular Quay area. Address: 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000
- Departure time : 18:00 p.m
- Duration: 4 hours
- Walking pace: Easy
- Dress code: Smart Casual ( No beachwear-please)
- Walking Tour of the Rocks
- Visit four of Sydney’s Oldest Bars
- Finger food
- The opportunity to purchase a glass of boutique/handcrafted Australian beer, or a glass of Australian Wine, or a soft drink at every Pub!
- Remember to add a “Drinks Pack” at checkout to make your Pub Crawl even more memorable.
Notes & Clarifications
Weather: In the event of potential inclement weather, the threat of weather or natural disasters, on the day of a scheduled tour, the tour will be canceled or postponed and you will be fully refunded.
Dress Code: Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera! And an umbrella just in case!
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many world destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
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