1200 to late
- Disabled Access
- Free Wi-Fi
- Alfresco Dining
About Pumphouse Sydney
THE PUMPHOUSE was built in 1891 as a pumping station for the Sydney & Suburban Hydraulic Power Company as part of Sydney's power infrastructure, back before electricity provided most of our power needs.
The station powered hydraulic engines, lifts, wool presses, cranes and bank doors in the city and inner suburbs. Water was pumped initially from Sydney's water supply to the pumping station, and stored in a large water tank (which can still be seen in the Pumphouse Bar). The water was then pumped across the city to various destinations which then utilised the water under pressure as a source of power.
Gradually the use of electric power took over, but the pumping station at Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour continued to be used to a limited extent until 1975. At the time of closure, the system was still operating lifts and doors in 35 city buildings including the Queen Victoria Building. Once the system was terminated, the enormous front doors on some banks were left permanently open and no longer operable.
The building was saved from demolition by the Heritage Council of New South Wales and was restored to become the Pumphouse Tavern, owned and operated by the Tank Stream Brewing Company, and selling craft beer at the tavern made by the company at their own brewery.
From its beginnings the Pumphouse played a central role in Sydney's commercial and industrial development by providing power. As a Tavern, the Pumphouse was key to the development of cosmopolitan Sydney's appreciation of the different tastes offered by beer.
Today the Pumphouse Bar honours that tradition by bringing back the infamous Thunderbolt Strong Ale from brewery days and also stocks over 60 other craft beers from Australia and around the world.
We dined in using The Fork 50% discount which was a great value. Lemongrass + ginger steamed salmon and spinach + ricotta cannelloni were delicious. Only the meat lover's pizza was an disappointment. However,service was great.
Food was great ... Remember the pumphouse as once being a rocking place but the atmosphere was pretty much non existent. Opening hours said till late yet last drinks were called at 10:30.
Good customer service and great food
Thanks for helping us lock in a table for our Christmas Party. Needed a table for 20, they were more than happy to help us reserve this during the peak Christmas period without requiring a minimum bar spend or deposit like majority of properties at this time. We all enjoyed the night here.
Disappointed that we had to ask for the music to be turned down 3 times as mid conversation the music was turned up to ridiculous levels in the middle of your peak dinner time. Also the fact we had to wait an hour for food was a disappointing, although when we ordered we were told half an an hour then an hour within the same sentence. These points don't go well considering that you advertise as a restaurant.
Great place for friends gathering.Absolutely value for money.
Lovely place for our Teams Christmas lunch! 3rd year in a row that we come to you guys! Thank you!!
Lovely staff, good drinks and good food.
great atmosphere, fantastic service a pleasure to be there
Food was great had the steak .. had a hiccup with the order , but once the staff were notified the order came quick ..
Convenient to ICC.
It was a great experience, and everything was very good. Thanks for helping us with our event.
I reserved a table for Friday night for two to only be told to sit anywhere, couldn’t find a table so decided to leave. No real help from staff. What’s the point of reserving a table if it’s not upheld?
Party of four and all four meals where wrong. Burger arrived with lettuce, but no sauces or cheese or any of the other listed ingredients. Staff also weren’t concerned when we pointed this out or the cold food. Very poor.
Three people in their 70s catching up over lunch were perhaps unlikely customers for this boutique brewery bar in the centre of Darling Harbour. It was chosen as the restaurant for the adjoining Novotel Darling Square. I was expecting to be battling to hear our conversation due to a throng of customers but not so. The place was fairly empty for the three plus hours we were dining and talking. However, the sound level of the music was way too high. This should be moderated when there are so few bodies in the building. We were on the verandah where the music could have been loudest? The food was very good and well priced, especially the Sunday roast offering. Despite the loud music we enjoyed the experience. The Novotel must be looking to attract a younger clientele!! A quiet dinner is not what you can expect. Still, plenty of other venues to eat in the vicinity.
The pictures on the website must be quite old because those big comfortable looking lounge chairs are really quite tatty with the vinyl torn and missing - all the support had also gone. The meal we had was delicious can definitely recommend the wagon beef croquettes. The popcorn prawns... we are not as I have had another places they were chopped up and made into a croquette as well And included chilli which was not mentioned on the menu.(I can’t eat chilli) The calamari was very nice and extremely tender. There are a lot of high tables with stools but we sat outside upstairs at a regular table and it was extremely pleasant .
The menu was too basic & for a darling harbour venue was very ordinary.
Great for dancing without live music it would lack atmosphere.
Extremely limited gluten free choices. Don’t go if you have food allergies. My husband liked your beer selections. Furniture very old and in need of repair.
Good food. Nice and casual. Would go back
Lovely friendly staff and great atmosphere for the fringe event with Pat Capocci!
A tiny bit more effort in service would have been noticeable.
Beautiful food. Service was great. Thank you Julie Kettle