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.
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.
It’s has always been our favourite hangout place and would highly recommend
Really enjoyed the atmosphere, lovely day, everyone enjoyed the variety of beers. Bar staff were friendly and helpful.
Somlous we had to leave Awful
No one had any idea I had booked anything. Luckily it was not busy.
We had a child with us and a staff member made a comment ‘is that a fucking kid’ while the mother of the child was standing in line at the bar. The wait staff were excellent as with the food it was just this one member of staff that ruined our evening.
Lovely staff, the pork belly was spot on and the pinball is a major plus!
Great venue, wonderful selection of beers and the music was top drawer!
Booked lunch for 4 people at 12:00PM and was literally the first person through the doors. Upon opening, I found out that a significant number of dishes was unavailable and that they only had one portion of the "fish of the day", because they had a busy week. Not a great way to gain confidence in the freshness of the seafood. The guys behind the bar were great - felt a little sorry for them for having repeatedly say "it's unavailable today".
Great place will be back soon
The service was great and the atmosphere is also great but the food was very ordinary and overpriced .
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