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.
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.
unfortunately I thought it would be a little bit more up market restaurant and not a pub - food ok but not much variety
The venue had no record of my booking but were nice and accommodating in response. The music around the fireplace was a little loud for conversation.
Staff were great!
Service, food and atmosphere were great. On a minor note just a little disappointed that both staff on shift claimed to be unable to make a coffee and when I pushed they said the machine was off! Being part of novotel I would have thought they could have a few coffees made in the hotel then sent out to the pumphouse..
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