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.
The employees seem to be genuinely interested in providing great service. They do get snowed under during happy hour....understandably. It was very enjoyable. Thanks.
Great venue for our birthday party get together. Group of 25 on the verandah - we all have a ball. Thanks for everything highly recommend.
Good vibe - a shame you have to queu each time you want to get food or drink and not table service but great pizza
Great atmosphere, fast service, friendly staff. Will definitely be going back Nice and close to the ICC so perfect for a pre show meal
Pleasant atmosphere upstairs and the staff were very helpful in organising our team catch up. Wine was very ordinary particularly the rose and also the sauvignon blanc and it was reasonably expensive wine for a pub too so would expect better quality.
Food was good and service great. Despite being a particularly busy time, the food arrived at a reasonable time.
Was here five years ago and was fantastic so thought we would return when visiting Sydney again. However the menu sucked it was just pub food so we walked out and found elsewhere. What a disappointment
Place needs to be cleaner Table need to wipe down Not a fan of the food coming out on wooden servers Possible hygiene issues
Lovely staff and atmosphere! A great location to enjoy lunch. Will definitely go back!
Food & drinks good. Service also fine but being a first timer to venue it was a little confusing as to where to go & how things worked. We'd booked a table & eventually found it on our own. Menu although fine was not what is online & quite limited. It was pretty noisey so for the 'hard of hearing' difficult. However bar staff very pleasant.
Bar staff were so friendly and awesome. They could not do enough for us.
The bar staff were super friendly and very accommodating. nothing was too hard. The only difficulties I had was arranging the booking when initially contacting the venue directly. However, when I reached out via email, I received a response pretty quickly and everything was easy from that point.
Great location, yummy food and friendly staff
The waiters service was fantastic. Unfortunately my guests encountered a rude/arrogant and abnoxcious bar tender/person at the pay station which wasnt nice considering we were a group of 16 people, but aside that, everything else was great.
Wonderful venue, food and staff not to mention beers. I have received only excellent feedback from all of our staff. Would definitely recommend to others.
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.