My 11 Favourite Sydney Inner West Craft Beer Bars for the Best Booze Tour

It’s easy for a first-time visitor to Sydney, Australia to end up seeing only the city itself and perhaps the Blue Mountains and one of its famous beaches. You’d be sorely missing out, however, on many Sydney Inner West craft beer bars and breweries, in places such as Balmain, Camperdown, Enmore, Marrickville and Newtown.

These Sydney inner west craft beer bars are only a handful of stops from downtown, so they make a fine excursion. However, if you make your base there, you’ll also get to enjoy really cool neighbourhoods that have no high-rise buildings and plenty of affordable and delicious food from around the world. That said, it’s in the flight path to the airport, so expect the noise of planes coming in to land between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Not sure what to try? You can always refer to my handy introduction to craft beer.

Marrickville–Sydney Inner West Craft Beer Taprooms

You can string all these together in a single bar crawl, with each being no more than a five-minute walk from another taproom. It feels semi-industrial and the lack of high-rises (due to its proximity to the airport) lends the area a special feeling.

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Batch Brewing Co.

They have taprooms in Camperdown and Darling Harbour, but Marrickville is where it all started. My favourites remain their seasonal brews Juicy as Phuck and Little Lou’s Creme Brulee Pastry Stout, but of their core stuff, Pash The Magic Dragon is a refreshing mix of dragon and passion fruits that I haven’t seen in other breweries’ sour beers.

Mixtape Brewing and Bar

The new kid on the block opened in March 2022 and provides a large, airy and light-filled warehouse space to sample their beers as well as guest ones. At the time of my visit, their only core beer was the Testing Testing IPA, with a pale ale on the way having just launched.

Sauce Brewing

The food tent has really cool Asian fusion dishes, while the difference “levels” of Sauce pales and IPAs are the mainstay. For a real flavour explosion, the Trubble and Squeak triple IPA is the beer to have, but the regular Bubble and Squeak is still very tasty

Stockade Brew Co (closed)

Stockade’s vibe is as good as each of the others and the barrel room is the place to be to try their most-unique barrel-aged one-offs, such as the Old Money imperial stout.

Wildflower Brewing & Blending

The daddy of wild ales in the area, if not the state. The brewery taproom and tours resumed only in April 2022. If you adore funky and sour beers (and wines), you have to come here. Reservations recommended at peak times during their short opening hours. Food is also available to order.

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Wildflower Sydney Inner West craft beer
Wildflower Brewing and Blending taproom

Alexandria Craft Beer Bars

I’m being cheeky but I think Alexandria is close enough to the inner, being no more than a 10-minute bus ride from Newtown.

Bracket Brewing

These guys make top-notch IPAs that are so flavourful and yet easy to drink. A variety of core beers and specials flows from their twelve taps, but you’ll have to find your own hot meals.

The Beer Bar

It’s hard to beat 42 taps of craft beer from independent Australian breweries on rotation. On weekends, there is a food truck too.

The Beer Bar Alexandria
The Beer Bar

Enmore Craft Beer Taprooms

Hopsters Co-operative Brewery

Being Australia’s first co-operative brewing makes this place unique, but you don’t have to be a member to enjoy the beers, which are brewed at partners around Sydney. There are also several guest taps available.

Newtown Craft Beer Bars and Taprooms

Odd Culture

The group runs a few hotel bars but its standalone bar surprises with a few (pricey) imported beers on rotation that are hard to find, such as the Penyllan Carolyn that I had during my visit. The sticker shock doesn’t extend to the wide variety of beers in the bottle shop.

The Union Hotel

The Union Hotel feels like a lot of hotel bars in the area with the exception of pouring mostly Australian craft beers, including some of the best from around the country. The bottle shop is also very well-stocked; there’s a discount on buying six or more beers, including hard-to-get ones and foreign imports like Other Half and The Veil from the United States.

Young Henrys

Young Henrys may be a big deal by now, with their Newtowner pale ale available everywhere including the airport lounge, but their taproom has a undeniable grungy vibe. It would also be a shame not to try the specials–when I was there, the 10th anniversary strong ale was that.

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Young Henrys Newtown craft beer
Young Henrys taproom

Other Sydney Inner West Breweries and Sydney Inner West Craft Beer Bars

I didn’t visit these but you should if you get the chance to!