The 5 Cosiest Fireplace Pubs in Sydney

As the weather gets colder and the beanies and scarfs come out, there’s nothing more appealing than the thought of ordering a hearty meal, grabbing a glass of red and curling up by the fireplace. Luckily for you, we’ve got you sorted with these cosy fireplace pubs!

Image credit: The Oaks Hotel
Image credit: The Oaks Hotel

The Oaks

Neutral Bay

The grand old Oaks Hotel has been knocking about since 1885, and seems to pop up with a newly renovated bar or function room every other week. Several crackling fireplaces adorn this giant venue, but our favourite’s the sleek, black-tiled number in the Bar and Grill area. Follow the tartan carpet to a nearby table, and order up a mighty 1.9kg ‘Tomahawk’ steak!

“Fairy lights!!! As soon as I walked out into the courtyard, there was a massive oak tree covered with fairy lights and it simply lit up the entire open space. From then, I was already mesmerised. It’s a huge a spacious venue with lively vibes, good food and great drinks! Highly recommended for post-work drinks, catch-ups, boozy lunches, any occasion really!” – kningja

Image credit: Hero of Waterloo Hotel
Image credit: Hero of Waterloo Hotel

Hero of Waterloo Hotel

Millers Point

Hero of Waterloo has been around for 160 years, and it hasn’t really changed much in that time. It’s still a stony, old-fashioned haven of hospitality, and you almost expect a bunch of jolly swagmen to stroll in at any time. The best spot is a cute little alcove with its very own fireplace, and you can’t beat the slow-cooked lamb shanks in opulent red wine sauce.

“Great pub! It’s still in it’s original condition, sandstone walls, timber bar. Really nice place.” – rina.v


Swanson Hotel


If you like birds, flowers and mounted zebra heads, you’ll definitely appreciate the fine décor of Swanson Hotel. It’s hip, modern and boasts a sumptuous autumn menu, including a lip-smackingly hearty rack of Cowra lamb with carrots, rosemary jus and truffle mash. The big, roaring fireplace adds a sense of homely charm, and the cocktail list is always worth a thorough investigation.

“All the staffs on the floor was super friendly, polite, and very courteous and they flawlessly served our big table without fail. The place is a full service dinner. Plates and cutleries are changed for each course. It is also kids friendly as they give complimentary kids colouring packs upon arrival. The food were also high quality.” – Easternian

Image credit: Hotel Steyne

Hotel Steyne


Beach views, fireside booths and a pirate-themed rum bar upstairs? Yes, that’ll do quite nicely! Hotel Steyne is a large and multifaceted food and drink bonanza, with tasty offerings to suit every palate. It’s beautifully renovated and boasts impeccable service, and we’d have to recommend the Mediterranean-inspired Lamb Osso Bucco for a truly heart-warming feed.

“The Hotel has a great atmosphere and very inviting” – a natural change

Image credit: Toxteth Hotel
Image credit: Toxteth Hotel

Toxteth Hotel


Ah, the Tocky! One of the most sprawling, spacious pubs in NSW, this place has room for a whole lot of weary travellers to kick back and warm their frosty toes. It’s been recently done up for a slicker, more contemporary feel, as exemplified by the super-Trendy Yard Bar up top. The fireplace room is the place to be, however, accompanied by a giant plate of maple-glazed pork cutlets. Perfect!


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