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.
Fabulous duo playing on Saturday night. Delicious food Activity pack for kids - our daughter loves them
No very welcoming
Was able to do a group booking. Not far to walk from ICC theatre. Able to use NSW service vouchers !
When I made the reservation I was expecting something better. This is just another pub. While music is quite OK it was so loud it was difficult to communicate while ordering the food. As a result all of our food, entree / main / dessert, came out at the same time. They did rectify this. The food we did have was quite tasty and in quite good portions.
Delicious food Staff very friendly!
Had a great catch up lunch with friends. Staff were friendly and good bar service.
You had an amazing singer in that night amazing atmosphere. Would definitely come back for more of that
Good vibe with food and drink specials
Bartender Michaela was absolutely amazing. She made us all feel welcome and was happy to make our requests for different cocktails (which were delicious). Pumphouse is a great place to share a drink and food with friends. Would highly recommend
We would have liked to sit upstairs but got told we couldn’t
Great service & very accommodating with rescheduling due to Covid. Lovely staff who help make our yearly event possible.
We enjoyed a lovely meal on a warm summer evening. We sat outside as it was a bit noisy inside. The staff were great. The food is more the pub food kind.
Looking so sad in here now needs a serious renovation to bring it back to its former glory . Veal schnitzel dry and old . Chicken schnitzels ok. Zero atmosphere. A shame .. this place used to hum. Perhaps it was the rain or Covid but it was virtually empty
The service was wonderful and they were very accomodating. We had to change our booking details an hour beforehand and they helped us with zero issues. The atmosphere is industrial yet comfortable. I feel I could spend hours in this beautiful building. Ale was amazing, 100% going back again.
Great day and well looked after
Really enjoyed our visit, we all had a great time! Would be great if you could get a sours beer on tap as well please! Thanks
Great Venue and Great Staff would recommend the Pumphouse for any get together big or small. Staff very helpful and professional . We changed the booking details a few times and they were very understanding and accomodating Would go there again for sure Thansk to Nadia , Evan Josh and Jake and a great crew
Pre booked for a table 2, arrived and told to find a table that wasnt reserved, first table was dirty, second was ok. Expecting a resturant/tavern no menus (due to covid), no table service - order meals at bar. The only other patrons on site were 2 large groups of guys who were very loud. Voted with our feet and walked out and found a proper resurant not a Pub. Great for a buck's party - not a resturant.
Booked a table for pre-dinner drinks for 20 people. Perfectly organised when we arrived, friendly staff and a great selection of beers to choose from along with Happy Hour. Was a great choice !
Great quality food at decent prices and the venue has a unique ambience for a casual group lunch
Limited menu but great place to eat.
Great Service & Great Food
Good service , friendly staff & a very relaxed & enjoyable vibe
We went there on a Friday night drinks and were a small group. Great music, perfect location. We had an amazing time.