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.
Nice atmosphere and friendly staff.
Friendly service from staff who organised our table and greeted us
Food was great, very decent sized meals.
I booked a table through their website and got confirmation email (also feedback email the day after), however, when we got there we were told that they don't have my name on booking list.. Luckily, there were some available table so we could sit down but I was bit disappointed how they handle bookings
Great casual atmosphere, friendly staff. Would definitely come back
Great place to switch off after work, having some beers with colleagues. Great beer menu (changes regularly) and feel-good food. Highly recommended.
We had a long overdue catchup with colleagues and the venue was perfect. Food and drinks were great and the staff were incredibly accommodating. We’ll be back for sure.
Excellent service and friendly staff
Well organised with Covid 19 restrictions. Friendly service by all.
Awesome vibe and great atmosphere. Staff were excellent and loved the food too. Had the bbq chicken pizza, marmalade wings and delicious beef which have a little kick to the sauce. Great to spend the night with friends and catch up plenty of seating. We sat upstairs looking over Darling square
One meal was awful and the other was overpriced. Music was too loud and the place lacked atmosphere.
Thanks folks.. we had a great afternoon sitting in the sun with some nice food and good beer!
great service really good food giid size serving could not finish. only comment music very loud. but understsnd with the venue and thats just for us as my guest was a bit older so was at times hard to hear but would not stop us dinning again
Food was good and the craft beer range was a highlight
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!!!)