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.
I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday at Pump House on a Sunday lunch time, we were allocated alot of space on the upstairs balcony. Food was good value and it was easy for everyone to buy their own food and drinks when they liked. Staff was lovely, I recommend!!
I could tell that the place wasn't used to hosting 20 people for dinner on a weekday, though we had made a reservation. The place itself had a good atmosphere with 80's music and retro pinball machines. However, service was less than expected. I had to ask multiple times for menus, since tables with 8 people were sharing 2 menus. Clearly the staff wasn't notified there would be a big group. They did try to work with some of our orders, since some people had food restrictions. However, since there was understandably a long wait, some people got their food later than others. Which was fine, however, when they wanted to take their food to go, we were told by a manager that because they don't have a license to sell food to go, they don't have take away containers. We asked for other options, but the manager didn't try to be helpful or accommodating. Which is such a shame because we spent a lot of money. It would have been fine if someone from the establishment had mentioned their "no take-away" policy before hand (when I confirmed the reservation), or when they saw us ordering a lot of food. Wouldn't recommend for big groups if you plan on eating dinner here. However, the French guy that worked there was very nice, clearing our table when we arrived, and helping to sort out the bill at the end of the dinner.
Staff were great. Food was awesome, especially the croquettes.
Lounges at upstairs need to be fixed or replaced. Tables are too high for the lounges. Otherwise, nice place for having a drink with friends
Poor food. Burnt, dry, lacking flavour.
Cool venue! We went on a very busy night (Pumphouse were hosting the PBR) so it took a long time to get the order. When we received it (Nachos, Pork Tacos & Poutine) it was obvious the cooking had been rushed. Tacos & poutine were good but the nachos were a let down - massive serving but the cheese hadn't been melted properly so there was a lot of shredded cheese on the board. In saying that, I would give this venue another go for sure.
Staff are super Friendly!! Beautiful food , excellent atmosphere and great location! Definitely would go back !
Service was a bit slow, but the servings were big, and the ambiance was great
Service was great
Friendly staff made our party feel welcome and allowed us to arrange our tables to suit or party size. Food was quick to be delivered to our table and drink prices were good.
The employees seem to be genuinely interested in providing great service. They do get snowed under during happy hour....understandably. It was very enjoyable. Thanks.
Great venue for our birthday party get together. Group of 25 on the verandah - we all have a ball. Thanks for everything highly recommend.
Good vibe - a shame you have to queu each time you want to get food or drink and not table service but great pizza
Great atmosphere, fast service, friendly staff. Will definitely be going back Nice and close to the ICC so perfect for a pre show meal
Pleasant atmosphere upstairs and the staff were very helpful in organising our team catch up. Wine was very ordinary particularly the rose and also the sauvignon blanc and it was reasonably expensive wine for a pub too so would expect better quality.
Food was good and service great. Despite being a particularly busy time, the food arrived at a reasonable time.
Was here five years ago and was fantastic so thought we would return when visiting Sydney again. However the menu sucked it was just pub food so we walked out and found elsewhere. What a disappointment
Place needs to be cleaner Table need to wipe down Not a fan of the food coming out on wooden servers Possible hygiene issues
Lovely staff and atmosphere! A great location to enjoy lunch. Will definitely go back!
Food & drinks good. Service also fine but being a first timer to venue it was a little confusing as to where to go & how things worked. We'd booked a table & eventually found it on our own. Menu although fine was not what is online & quite limited. It was pretty noisey so for the 'hard of hearing' difficult. However bar staff very pleasant.
Bar staff were so friendly and awesome. They could not do enough for us.
The bar staff were super friendly and very accommodating. nothing was too hard. The only difficulties I had was arranging the booking when initially contacting the venue directly. However, when I reached out via email, I received a response pretty quickly and everything was easy from that point.