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 took my family and some close friends to celebrate my daughters birthday on last Saturday evening. We all had an amazing time. All the staff was so friendly and they all went over and above to make sure we all have a great time. The food, atmosphere and service was 10/10. Highly recommend this venue.
Good service and the chips to die for.
Food was very poor quality. Pizza was burned and schnitzel was dry.
We enjoyed the food at the Pumphouse - the salmon didn’t have as much flavour as I expected, however, was still tasty. My youngest son loved his kids’ fish and chips. And the chicken wings were very tasty. I was disappointed with the beer selection, however, was in the main bar area so maybe we weren’t in the right area. Whilst the bar staff seem disinterested, the person who greeted us - Chris- was very attentive. Chris made sure we had everything we needed and even helped to carry our meals to our table. He made our dining experience very pleasant and hopefully his cheerful, helpful attitude is a good influence on the rest of the staff. Thanks Chris!
It was cosy and lovely, but super cold in the bar! Even though we were sitting by the fire, we had to keep our coats on. That’s the only thing that wasn’t great 😊
Great venue for a group catch-up taking into account current COVID-19 restrictions.
They managed the Covid 10 person rule well, but 1.5 hours would have been a bit more reasonable. Good food. Great building.
The food is the best it's ever been, can you pls keep the parmesan fries and the wagu beef balls permanently on the menu? They were insanely delicious. Service was amazing, as usual.
Being out first sit down meal out since lockdown we were extremely impressed! Amazing staff and atmosphere!! The food was great too. Will definitely be returning
I loved the way the waitress Ludmila served us and interacted 👏👏
Great lunch. Specials were awesome and staff were really helpful (even when they forgot two meals!!!)
Great service, eg I booked table which ended up being on the balcony, but it was extremely hot and stuffy out there (could do with fans for hot days) and the servers found us an inside table instead. Also bar ran out of the $38 bubbly I ordered, and the great service was again seen here as they were happy to sell me the next bottle up (price-wise) for $38. Food came out quickly too. Good job all round to everyone on the team!
Food was very expensive and was a bit slow to get service but food quality was amazing and drink range was also very good
Service was slow for meal and Pizza and veal snizatael was too much sauce in the pizza and the meat was very tough
Food was poor value for money steak tough
Food was expensive and poor quality. Had 5 entrees to share, the Mac and cheese croquettes were hard and dry and the crispy cauliflower was soggy. The watermelon and feta salad was the star dish which really refreshing and delicious
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!!