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.
Awesome vibe, amazing food and an outstanding range of beers
On a Friday afternoon to have no burgers available on the menu is disappointing and actually unacceptable. The alternative was pizza and they were not cooked enough and the dough was soft and doughy. The prawn pizza had 4 prawns for the entire pizza which is quite disappointing. We definitely won’t return as Accor Plus members for food but will return for the craft beers.
I was very disappointed when we arrived had to wait a long time to get our drink and staff are not very welcoming and what made it worse when we asked for our table they couldn’t find my booking but the night before i confirmed and it was acknowledged and now i get an email to rate your service
The food and service from staff was great. You need to buy new bar stools as they are falling apart..
Extremely disappointed. I didn’t expect a fine dining experience, but I did hope for clean. Beers are good but cocktails are expensive and smaller than expected. Bartender forgot our beers (served cocktails) and even when reminded took 30 min. Place wasn’t busy so no excuse. Food was very avg pub food. Won’t return.
Very enjoy and fun .Staff are very freindly. Love to go again
Table was booked online. Even though I received two emails confirming our booking, sent from the Pumphouse, on arrival I was informed there was no booking. The venue then closed early for a private function and we were asked to leave. Had we known about the private function and early closure we would have chosen another venue.
The food was delicious, really great steak Only downside of our experience was there was a Christmas party on and it appeared that they hadn’t organised for the normal reservations so we had to wait a while whilst they organised a table last minute. Also there was not a lot of cutlery and napkins around, it’s like they hadn’t topped it up. Anyway apart from that it was fine, I would eat there again.
Good food great drinks. The atmosphere and location is perfect for a relaxed after work drinks or function.
Restoration of building has been very insensitive, not impressed at all. But food and service excellent. Had to go out the front to get away from the loud music inside, and then had to sit on a stool, no chairs with back support provided.
We had the hot dog and The sausage was huge and long!
We absolutely love the Pumphouse! great venue for all our staff events.Lovely and friendly staff and the food is delicious! and... a short walk from our offices. Keep up the good work :)
Food was cold as they were short staffed, it sat waiting for a waiter. Had to ask for the table to be cleaned and wiped down even though we had a booking. I asked the chefs what was gluten free and they didn't know. Full credit to the girl trying to run the bar and food on her own.
Food is very over priced and ordinary. The veggie burger is a frozen cheap veggie patty from a supermarket at $25 you would expect something a little more homemade and gourmet. Sweet Potato chips were good.
Great beer selection, mixed board for 2 was a hit as well
The staff were very friendly, the drinks were ok, but you can't really go wrong when you pour a glass of wine or open a beer. The night prior to our large group booking ( colleagues from interstate) a few of us went to pumphouse for dinner to check it out. The following day we found another restaurant and cancelled our booking..
Frankly the food was terrible . Poor presentation and quality of product and not much in the sides . Would have drink there but would definitely not recommend eating there. As an Accor venue it was not up to scratch
Food was five star. Thoroughly enjoyed lunch.
Table was dirty. A waitress went to remove dirty plate and glasses but did not bother to clean the table. The pork rib was tasteless. Sweet potato was burnt. The fish we ordered as part of fish & chips was soaked in oil. The place is old and dirty.