Top 10 Great Australian Pubs for a Piss-up
Wherever you go in the world, all countries seem to have a Royal, a Grand or Railway Hotel. Each used to be the local’s favourite watering hole where stories were swapped, and friendships forged.
Modern-day pubs have morphed into pubs where you dress up, have a good meal, watch the latest sport and have a night of entertainment. Nevertheless, pubs remain a hub in any town or city.
While we certainly cannot say these pubs to visit in Australia before you die is the absolute best, they certainly worth checking out.
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1. Loop Roof – Melbourne
If you haven’t been to Loop Roof in Melbourne, you are certainly missing out. What we like about it most is its exotic garden setting and as the name suggests a rooftop bar in the open air. If you are worried about the changing weather conditions, don’t as its designed to cater for any weather.
Subtle misting in the peak of summer, radiant heating during winter and a retractable awning that protects patrons against rain, wind and sun. you have a magnificent view of the Melbourne skyline while it has the best selection of ciders, beers, wines, cocktails and food.
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23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9654 0500
2. The Stag – Adelaide
The Stag is a heritage-listed pub in Adelaide. It is a pub with an outstanding vibe with multiple big screens for watching footy. The beer on tap is only $5 and even though the food menu is rather pricey, you get a free beer when you order their house speciality, Steak Sanger.
299 Rundle St, Adelaide SA 5000
0478 557 824
3. P.J. O’Brien’s – Sydney
If you love an Irish pub vibe or wonder how the Irish enjoy their pubs, try out the P.J. O’Brien’s on the corner of Clarence and King in Sydney. Here you drink your ale on tap, creamy pints of Guinness and other spirits, wines and beers while listening to traditional Irish music and an open fire glowing in the fireplace in the cold winter months. Savour your drink and enjoy one of the traditional Irish pub meals and dishes.
57 King St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9290 1811
4. Man O’Ross Hotel – Tasmania
The Man O’Ross is a sandstone building and a traditional Tasmanian heritage pub. It is on the Midlands Highway and halfway between Launceston and Hobart, so you cannot miss it.
This hotel is rich in history and one of the buildings in the township of Ross that was built by convicts. Since 1835 it has been a pillar of the traveller with its historic accommodation but above all, cold ales and country-style meals.
35 Church St, Ross TAS 7209XF9R+PX Ross, Tasmania
(03) 6381 5445
5. The Daly Waters Pub- Outback
The oldest pub in the Territory is the Daly Waters that opened its doors in 1893. The iconic pub is on Stuart Highway and the best location when you go for a trip to the Outback. Here you can get a good night rest, and excellent pub grub even though somewhat unexpected items like crocodile sliders or kangaroo loins.
The range of beers of tap, six to be exact is below zero degrees. Regardless of whether you overnight at the Daly Waters, pitch a tent in the outback or posh it up somewhere, be sure to put this pub on your bucket list of things to do.
16 Stuart St, Daly Waters NT
(08) 8975 9927
6. Criterion Hotel – Rockhampton
When the Criterion Hotel was first built in 1889 it only cost ten thousand pounds for the entire construction. As one of the top pubs in Australia, the hotel is rich in history with plentiful famous visiting here. International visitors that stayed at the hotel and passed through this iconic pub include Lew Hoad, the English Cricket Team, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Queen Elizabeth II.
While offering exceptional formal and casual menus, it has traditional pub grub the Bar is an absolute must-see and visit place. Throughout the years many rich and famous visited the Rockhampton region and in particular, the Criterion which also has strong ties with Singapore and the US, and these collectables and rich history are displayed on the walls of the bar.
150 Quay St, Rockhampton QLD 4700
(07) 4922 1225
7. Billinudgel Pub – NSW
The Billinudgel Hotel is a historical must-see hotel 20 minutes from Byron Bay and only five minutes from Brunswick Heads off the Pacific Highway. When you are in New South Wales or visiting the famous Byron Bay be sure to stop here for a pint or two and value pub lunches.
It has an excellent vibe and old-world charm that you don’t find in modern pubs with plenty of socializing places like the Shed, paradise lounge, beer garden veranda and front bar.
1 Wilfred St, Billinudgel NSW 2483
(02) 6680 1148
8. Bavarian Broadbeach – Queensland
Are you looking for something different while in Broadbeach? Try the Bavarian with its excellent German pub food and excellent vibe. Across Australia, you will find Bavarian venues, with The Bavaria in Broadbeach our top choice for traditional pork knuckle, live entertainment, pub grub and Bavarian beer.
5 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach QLD 4218
(07) 5512 0555
9. Cambus Wallace – Nobby Beach
Cambus Wallace is certainly one of the best pubs that you should not miss out on. It is unlike any other pub since it is a very, very old wooden ship that sunk more than 120 years ago off the Gold Coast. While they focus on rum like cocktails and tropical sours, be sure that you can drink ice cold beers and any other spirit too.
4/2237 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218
(07) 5575 3420
10. The Pub with No Beer- Taylors Arm
Don’t worry, despite its name, it certainly has plenty of beer. It is an authentic Australian pub and one of Australia’s most famous with a history of more than 100 years. It has the iconic song by Slim Dusty, A Pub With No Beer recorded that ensured that this pub is immortalized in Australia. It is 27 km from Macksville and locals love to call this pub the Eight Wonder of the World.
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The Pub With No Beer, 4 Taylors Arm Rd, Taylors Arm NSW
(02) 6564 2100
While these top pubs to visit in Australia before you die is a mere drop in the bucket of outstanding pubs, we sure do hope you enjoy them during your travels in our vast country.
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