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 had a work xmax function for 76 people for three hours on the 7th of December 2018, not everyone showed up, certain beers ran out and towards the end there was no beer left , the food I believe was not catered for 76 people, the food was some what terrible, only a few items were good, food also ran very quickly, (when u drink you need something to eat!!), also we had 6 people that don't drink alcohol...Certainly for a function did not get our money's worth.
Last time we had a staff function here it was table service and a quiet place to chat and socialise. This time it was noisy and the meals came out so that some had finished before others began. Fine as a pub - and nice beers for happy hour, but not great for a group that wants to be able to talk to each other.
Great happy hour perfect for catch up with friends and great beer
We booked for 40 people.... on balcony. Staff we ambivalent to our arrival. When we enquired o the bar staff on arrival we were advised "I don't know --theres plenty of room upstairs"...of course he was right but not the welcome I expected. Bar staff offered no advice on the Boutique beer offerings...& simply plonked drinks down on the bar. We found our area ourselves blocked out....but not on the balcony. Ordered meals...some meals of same arrived different- some with salad -- some without ???.....staff were neither friendly nor rude.... could only be described as too cool to provide any attention. Not sure I can recommend.. other than a quick drink venue.
Great venue. Service was a little slow but the beer is cold and the atmosphere is great.
The pictures need to be updated as it has changed significantly as I was expecting the "ye old world charm" in the pictures ... arrived to pool tables, pin ball machines and so on. Still enjoyedthe experience but was not what I expected on the day.
I booked a team lunch for 16 people and at the end of our lunch the team agreed that this would be the last time we go to pump house. It took over an hour for all of our food to arrive. The food was overpriced and poor quality. The steaks were over cooked, the pasta looked like it came from a tin and the salads were more of a mayonnaise soup.
Ordered food and 30mins later they realised that they never palced the order with the kitchen. Burger was dry
Myself and my partner had booked a table for 7pm on Friday 5th October. Upon entering the Pumphouse, we were unsure where to go to get our table. We made our way to the bar and asked the Barman where our table was. He checked for us and pointed to the stairs and said “head upstairs there will be a table somewhere up there reserved”. We headed upstairs and found one table available with no reserved on it and also no chairs. We decided that we would much prefer to be able to SIT at our table we had reserved for our dinner so we left. I can not give any feedback on the food here, but the food at CYREN was absolutely delicious. So thank you for not having a table for us prepared (even though we reserved one a week prior), and thank you for not having any chairs for the one table that was free. Because we ended up having a meal we couldn’t complain about in a setting that was beautiful, welcoming and friendly.
It’s has always been our favourite hangout place and would highly recommend
Really enjoyed the atmosphere, lovely day, everyone enjoyed the variety of beers. Bar staff were friendly and helpful.
Somlous we had to leave Awful
No one had any idea I had booked anything. Luckily it was not busy.
Lovely staff, the pork belly was spot on and the pinball is a major plus!
Great venue, wonderful selection of beers and the music was top drawer!
Booked lunch for 4 people at 12:00PM and was literally the first person through the doors. Upon opening, I found out that a significant number of dishes was unavailable and that they only had one portion of the "fish of the day", because they had a busy week. Not a great way to gain confidence in the freshness of the seafood. The guys behind the bar were great - felt a little sorry for them for having repeatedly say "it's unavailable today".
Great place will be back soon
The service was great and the atmosphere is also great but the food was very ordinary and overpriced .
Staff who were bussing tables weren’t friendly.
Many times on the menu were not available which was disappointing. However, the food that we did have was extremely lovely
The bar was full packed with a noisy crowd. There was no receptionist not did I see any restaurant staff. All the staff were behind the bar. No one could tell me about my reservation nor did they even offer to seat me. I promptly left the place.
Noce place to while away a Wintry afternoon - sipping delicious beer!
Hi, Thank you for having us. Comments; We arrived on time only to stand around for 15 minutes while staff liaised with each other. Table was found to seat 8, but our reservation was for 18 people. Slightly embarrassed as our guests borrowed chairs from other patrons. All who ordered Angus Steaks left hungry and ALL mentioned how bad the pizzas were...particularly the bases being so dry. Your staff confirmed you have the pizza bases premade and frozen. Bar staff were sensational, particularly the tall young man and a lovely lady who took our orders.