Many Sydney pubs have an outdoor drinking area, perfect for enjoying the sunny weather – the five listed , however, are outright legends.
Coogee Bay Hotel
Arden St, Coogee 02 9315 6063, coogeebayhotel.com.au. Loud, rowdy and crammed with backpackers, this enormous beer garden across from the beach is renowned in the eastern suburbs. The hotel has 6 bars in all, including a big-screen sports bar for all international sporting events. Revellers can buy jugs of beer and cook their own meat. Daily 9.30am till late.
Australia St, Newtown 02 9519 8273. A typical Australian pub at the front, and out the back a relaxed and inviting beer garden – a favourite local hangout. Modern pub cuisine is served. Daily 10am–midnight, Sun till 10pm.
Newport Arms Hotel
Beaconsfield St, Newport 02 9997 4900, newportarms.com.au. Famous beer-garden pub established in 1880 with a huge deck looking out over Heron Cove at Pittwater. Good for families, with a children’s play area. The bistro’s range of pasta, pizza, grills and salads complements a large wine list. Daily 10am–midnight, Sun till 10pm.
The Oaks Hotel
118 Military Rd, Neutral Bay 02 9953 5515, oakshotel.com.au. The North Shore’s most popular pub takes its name from the huge oak tree that shades the entire beer garden. Cook your own (expensive) steak, or order a gourmet pizza from the restaurant inside. Daily 10am–midnight, Thurs–Sat till 1.30am, Sun from noon.
Watsons Bay Hotel
11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay 02 9337 5444, watsonsbayhotel.com.au. The beer garden here gives uninterrupted views across the harbour, which you can enjoy with fresh fish and chips from the renowned Doyles kitchen or a steak from the outdoor BBQ. Daily 7am–10pm.