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 booked in for the pre theatre show package , The pump house need to have their staff know more about this and explain how it works to people when they arrive as we had know idea what we were to order from the menu and staff did not seem to know about anything either
The staff were so friendly finding us a table near the band and making sure we enjoyed ourselves was made to feel so special thanks to the lovely blonde boss lady cheers great place thoroughly enjoyed our night
Service was amazing :-)
The food was absolutely amazing . There was so much food. Great value for money, the whole day was brilliant. Haircut and beard trim guys we're fantastic.
Great food and atmosphere. Lovely host and definitely will return.
Very friendly and attentive staff, great food too.
If ever I’m in Sydney again I will definitely be going back. Honestly love the good and the people
Great atmosphere. Food was cooked really well.
We booked a table for a large group of us and the table wasn't ready. The food quality was quite poor and oily and bland. Beer was nice.
Great night in a relaxed environment. Bar snacks were excellent, enjoyed by everybody.
The food is nothing like in the reviews and photos, too pricey for the quality.
Thanks to the staff that made an effort to reserve a leaning table for our group, it was very much appreciated. The pizzas were excellent!
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.