What's better than curling up next to a fire this winter?
While the cold weather may leave you uninspired to leave the house, you can still enjoy yourself on a night out by curling up next to a fire in Sydney's bars and pubs.
Whether you're sinking into a worn Chesterfield lounge swirling an Old Fashioned or cupping your hands around a mulled wine, you can forget about the outside world and settle into a night of comfort and cocktails with the fire roaring beside you. Want to know where? Here's where you can start:
The Duke of Clarence, Sydney
Inspired by the traditional 18th-Century London Tavern, this quintessential pub nestled in the heart of Sydney's CBD offers the ultimate cosy escape from the outside world. A step into the Duke of Clarence transports patrons to another era with its walled bookshelves, deep mahogany interior and various cosy nooks. Sink into one of the armchairs in their main lounge area to warm up next to the fire, and take in the rich atmosphere while sipping on a British ale.
The Lord Dudley Hotel, Woollahra
As a local favourite since its opening in 1889, the Lord Dudley offers a second home to many - especially in the cooler months with their fireplace burning. Located in the heart of the hotel, the fireplace sits in the cosy loungeroom area where you can find patrons relaxing on the vintage furniture and soaking up the rich atmosphere.
Glebe Hotel, Glebe
Previously the Australian Youth Hotel, the 157-year-old pub has recently been transformed into The Glebe Hotel. While the hotel went through a big renovation, many of its historic features were preserved, like the grand original fireplaces. Set in the public bar or in the new restaurant, locals have the opportunity to sink into a Chesterfield lounge on a cool evening while swirling a glass of red and catching up over a meal from the new British-inspired menu.
Doss House, The Rocks
Whisky lovers will be in heaven once they step into the dimly-lit, underground whisky bar in the heart of The Rocks. Built in the 1840s, the original sandstone building is full of history and stories, perfect to mull over with a signature whisky cocktail in front of their roaring fire. With five separate cosy bar spaces to explore, the Doss House offers an exciting glimpse into Sydney's historic underworld.
The Old Fitzroy Hotel, Woolloomooloo
Commonly known as the Old Fitz, this inner-city pub is a little gem. The two-storey building serves as a bar and theatre venue, being a favourite among locals. The exposed brick enterior matches its relaxed pub feel, complete with a cosy fireplace for people to gather and enjoy the sophisticated menu in the bistro.
Main image courtesy of Duke of Clarence.