The Australian calls itself 'Sydney's oldest continuously licensed hotel'. The Lord Nelson calls itself 'Sydney's oldest licensed hotel'. Let the battle of semantics continue, we say. Whichever way you (continuously) swing, the Lord Nelson has a lot going for it, including its very own microbrewery. They also do some of the best pub food in the Rocks. It's a little more expensive than some of the other pub grub in the area, but they do a hell of a pie floater, with gravy, mushy peas and a mashed potato high hat. That's ballast for you, right there. Especially if you've taken it upon yourself to try each of the six naturally brewed ales the Lord Nelson has on tap. We'd also suggest doing the Nelson on the earlier side, if you want a seat and swift service. Friday and Saturday nights see the pub absolutely jam-packed with beer fans and groups of people with the same idea as you: trying every excellent pub the Rocks has to offer. Instead, make it a daytime operation, or simply swing by for a few beers and some dinner during the week and get the place to yourself. If beers aren't your thing, there are also a couple of crisp ciders on tap. And hey - you could always just go a cheeky dram.
Need a place to rest your head?
When visiting Australia oldest pub and brewery, why not stay a while? Try an A.M. beer along with their complimentary continental breakfast. You are staying at a brewery after all. The location can’t be beat: just five minutes walk to the Circular Quay. Tthe $130 a night rate gets you a room, but no bathroom – it’s shared. But if this is not an issue the Lord Nelson offers historical ambiance in spades for those on a budget. If a private bathroom is necessary, but staying at a brewery is just too enticing to pass up, for an extra $50 per night you get you your own facilities.