Time Out Sydney

In spite of the Beresford's imposing facelift drinking here doesn’t have to break the bank

Small bars leaving you claustrophobic? Time to show this big-scale oldie-but-goodie some love. Synonymous with weekend pre-gaming drinks and birthday get-togethers, the Beresford’s massive beer garden remains one of Sydney’s most reliable bar experiences. In a former life it was a famous gay bar, and the gentlemen of Darlinghurst are still well-represented in the crowd (especially on Sunday nights), alongside big groups of blokes guzzling the lager and ladies sipping on jugs of Pimms or mixes of vodka and apple juice (known as the Group Hug jug), St Germain and lychees (called the Secret Garden) or a bottle or two off the bar’s extensive wine list. Big, earthy-hued couches crowd the leafy outdoor area, which is completely closed off from the madness of nearby Taylor Square.

These guys do great Italian-inspired pub grub to help line stomachs for the big weekend push, so get stuck into the menu. There are pizze (seafood marinara or just a simple Margherita), a cured meat plate with pickled veges, fresh pastas and a wagyu steak with polenta chips. But we say aim for a Wednesday night when you can get amongst their long table feast – an Italian shared table that is $30 if you are just eating, or $45 if you’d like a glass of wine with your meal.

Warning: after a few here, it’s hard to leave – but that’s OK because hey presto, there’s a music venue and dancefloor at the venue too. Just climb the stairs to Upstairs Beresford on Friday and Saturday nights to keep the good times rolling. At the end of the weekend, the place gets packed out with handsome gentleman who drop in for Beresford Sundays, a consistently popular drinking session that turns into a big dance party located, yup, up the stairs once the sun has set and everybody's feeling loose. You may feel dusty on Monday, but it will have been worth it.

Who won the bar awards?

First published on . Updated on .

By Kristie Lau   |   Photos by Daniel Boud

The Beresford Hotel details

354 Bourke St, Darlinghurst 2010

Telephone 02 8313 5000

Price per person including drinks $51 to $100

Open Mon-Sun noon-1am

The Beresford Hotel website

The Beresford Hotel map

Report a problem with this page

Restaurants and bars nearby

The Stables

21m - The folk from Bondi Staples DS Co-Op have opened their first coffee...

Upstairs Beresford

28m - This jumping spot located on the, well, upper level of the popular Surry...

The Foundry

46m - Sydney’s wave of produce-driven, whole-food cafés that don’t mess...

Formaggi Ocello

57m - If cheese was porn then Formaggi Ocello would be triple-X rated. Scratch...

More restaurants and bars nearby

Other venues nearby


56m - If you are looking for original design visit Workshopped. Just stepping...

Eternity Playhouse

86m - The newest addition to Sydney’s theatre scene, the Eternity Playhouse is...

More venues nearby
Spice Temple

Spice Temple

Neil Perry's exciting Chinese is now serving yum cha

The Baxter Inn

The Baxter Inn

Baxter Inn is the gussied-up inner-city sister of Surry Hills swill house, Shady Pines Saloon

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus