The 38 Best Pubs, Clubs, Bars And Watering Holes In The Sutherland Shire

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If there's one thing we all LOVE to do here in the Shire it's head down to the pub for a coupla' frosty lagers... Ammmiiiiright? But seriously...

Humans are social creatures, and spending time with friends and loved ones is an important aspect of our well-being.

Pubs, clubs and bars provide a relaxed and social atmosphere where people can gather, catch up and connect with others. Sharing a drink can facilitate conversations, laughter and the strengthening of social bonds.

The Sutherland Shire, like many other areas, offers a range of pubs, clubs and bars with unique atmospheres and experiences.

Each establishment may have its own ambiance, decor, music, or entertainment options, giving residents a choice in selecting a venue that aligns with their preferences.

When Summer vibes are flowing are we heading to somewhere by the beach? Or is it the middle of August and we're looking for somewhere dark and cosy? Is it family friendly? Can we bring the dog on a Sunday afternoon?

These things matter and the diversity and location of these establishments can really "make or break" the overall experience of enjoying a drink with friends.

Best Pubs, Clubs, Bars And Watering Holes In The Sutherland Shire

We've rounded up some of the Sutherland Shire's best bars, pubs and clubs you've gotta add to your "Shire pubs, clubs and bars" bucket list this year. Whether your tastebuds are craving a fruity cocktail, refreshing glass of wine or a crispy schooner of beer - these places have it all and most have pretty incredible menus too!

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Kurnell Rec Club

The Recca's has a simple vision. To create a family friendly heart of the Kurnell peninsula, where community events, entertainment, sport and recreational activities are co-existent.

The Recca's is fast becoming one of the most popular bars in the Sutherland Shire. Sunday afternoons in the beer garden are where it's at. You can bring your dog and there's a jumping castle for the kids! Winning...

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The Blind Bear

The Blind Bear has been a staple of the night scene in Cronulla since 2013. Dimly lit with exposed brick walls and bespoke antique wooden furnishings, the bar is reminiscent of an American style whiskey saloon. Go to website >>>

The Blind Bear boasts a selection of over 100 Whiskeys from around the world as well as a rotating roster of Australian craft beers and a cocktail list comprised of popular classic cocktails as well as house specialties.

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The Union Place Hotel

Adjacent to Jannali station, the Union Place Hotel bar offers a broad range of your favourites on tap.

Start your day or night at the sports bar with mouth-watering cocktails made fresh to order and prepared with a smile. Look out for our weekly cocktail specials to ignite the night! 

Book A Table Here >>>

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Cronulla RSL

The Cronulla RSL has gone from strength to strength over the decades. The Cronulla “arrey” is now a local institution and Sutherland Shire landmark.

Membership these days exceeds 30,000 with the most recent refurbishments taking full advantage of the clubs’ spectacular beach side location, whilst still paying homage to its history.

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Skeetas Southside

Skeetas Southside is a small bar in the heart of Jannali, offering a fine selection of wines, craft beer, your favourite spirits and a tapas style menu.

Famous for it's Live music every weekend, friendly atmosphere and intimate layout. Skeetas might be small but it packs in a HUGE vibe.

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The Botanical Caringbah

Escape to the luxe rooftop oasis with city skyline views, seasonal bistro menu, fresh cocktails & ice cold tap beer. The Botanical is located upstairs at Highfield in Caringbah

With live DJ entertainment every Friday and Saturday nights and acoustic sessions every Sunday, The Botanical is the best place to meet with friends and family for that special occasion. 

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Croyden Lane Wine & Tapas Bar.

Situated in a hidden location in Cronulla, the name gives away where this city-style venue is found.

Boasting a sunny outside wine garden, banquette seating & intimate dining inside plus an eclectic private function room with private bar hire options, Croydon Lane Wine & Tapas Bar is the perfect setting for your next special occasion or social outing. 

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The Como Hotel

Como Hotel has a touch of elegance standing in the quiet backwaters of the Georges River. With remarkable views and shady verandas, this hotel is a beautiful heritage of our Shire.

Today, The Como Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the Sutherland Shire and is an important part of the Shire’s heritage. The Hotel caters to all ages and features a bistro, a sports bar, TAB and Keno facilities, a lounge area, and a unique functions space.

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3 Doors Down Menai

Formerly known as Rocksalt Tapas, 3 Doors Down is a 'speakeasy inspired' lounge bar located in Menai with eclectic decor, moody lighting, chesterfield lounges, soul-filling food and craft cocktails.

From the moment you enter you could be in another place and time, the atmosphere is dark, lit by candlelight. the mood set by electro-blues, jazz and R&B music with regular sets of live acoustic on weekends.

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Northies Hotel

Northies Cronulla is the go-to destination for celebrating sunshine and good times. This beach side icon offers a luxurious escape from city life.

Encapsulating the gorgeous, sun-drenched surrounds, it offers the hottest entertainment, an unbeatable dining experience and award winning facilities all in a chilled seaside luxury atmosphere.

Sounds pretty bloody good to us!

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Miranda Hotel

Miranda Hotel is a true Shire icon. One of the last remaining Pubs AND Night Clubs left in the Sutherland Shire. The Garden Courtyard and bistro, with it’s comfortable booth seating is a perfect spot for lunch or dinner.

.... or a frosty beer or two.

When you're ready to dance the night away you can hit the D-Floor from 10pm every Saturday night at Carmens Night Club.

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Taren Point Hotel

Inspired by Palm Springs, the Taren Point Hotel is the Shire’s favourite local. Featuring a large sports bar and TAB, bistro and beer garden, kids play area.

The hotel even offers a range of weekly activities to keep you entertained! Check out the Taren Point Hotel Here >>>

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The Snug Bar

Feel like an Irish jig or maybe just a good old fashioned pint of Guineas? The Snug Bar in Gymea is home to live music, Irish specialities and plenty of your favourite beer, wine, classic cocktails and more.

The cosy and traditional pub atmosphere is sure to take you straight to Ireland!

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Sunday Road Brewing

Sunday Road Brewing in Kirrawee is a locally owned and proudly independent brewery, famous for its pale ales, lagers and more. You can visit the brewery every weekend from Thursday through to Sunday for a food truck experience like no other!

The local brewery has a different food truck come each week to cater for the public! So why not come get yourself a quality, locally made brew and some tasty food to go with!

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St George Sailing Club

If you fancy somewhere that has picturesque scenery, delicious food and a drink menu you want to dive straight into, the St George Sailing Club could become your new go-to.

The club is set on the water with stunning balcony views for all to enjoy and the food and drink menu is sure to impress all guests! This is the ultimate Sunday arvo destination, so grab yourself a drink and head to the balcony to watch the sunset while listening to their chill-house style music.

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The Prince Hotel

The Prince Hotel in Kirrawee is home to a huge menu full of all your favourite food and drinks, of course! Locals flood through the front doors for the fun atmosphere suitable for the whole family.

The hotel offers plenty of fun activities like their trivia nights on the most popular tv shows and movies or their hilariously fun drag bingo nights!

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The Oatley Hotel

The heritage-listed Oatley Hotel is home to comedy shows, live music, good food, better drinks and all round good times.

The hotel comes complete with a bistro menu, pizza menu, drinks menu, wine menu and cocktail menu. This is also the perfect hotel to hold your next next event.

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Huxley's Bar

The Caringbah-based Huxley's Bar is a New York style inspired sports bar beneath Highfields. The bar features a retro interior with entertainment across every wall and flowing beer on tap.

Not only does the bar have an impressive drink menu with beer, cocktails and wine, but also has a delicious menu with USA favourites like onion rings, mac n cheese balls, nachos, popcorn chicken and more!

This is the ultimate bar to watch Friday night footy in while having a couple of cold ones with your mates!

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Cony's Cronulla

If you're looking for some seriously instagram-worthy cocktail photos, look no further than Cony's!

This bar packs serious South American flair through their tasty food and drink menu. The bar hosts bottomless lunches on weekends and girls nights each Thursday.

This is the perfect place to pull up a chair with friends and forget about a week of hard work!

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The Bavarian Miranda

On the rooftop of Miranda Westfield you can find The Bavarian, a german inspired bar, that of course sells the country's world-famous beer.

You can't go wrong with a pretzel in one hand and beer in the other followed by a classic crispy schnitzel.

The drink menu boasts a mix of German beer and Aussie beer. You can also get your hands on a beer tube or beer paddles for some extra fun!

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Bundeena Bowling Club

If you're having a day out in the Royal National Park why not swing past Bundeena Bowling Club for a drink or two?

The club was originally founded by 17 locals back in the early 1970's. Since then people have continued walking through its doors for food, drinks and a good time.

With live entertainment, barefoot bowls, a tennis court and a large beer garden, what more could you ask for?!

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C.C. BABCOQ

The modern and colourful C.C. BABCOQ has earnt a name within the Sutherland Shire community for their fresh food and vibrant drinks.

Their Mediterranean menu never fails among customers and their cocktails, wine list and beers are one of the many things that continue to bring locals back for more.

A signature cocktail and one of their best sellers is the Juicy Watermelon Sour. This bar is perfect for a sunny lunch or early dinner combined with a relaxing atmosphere.

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Gymea Hotel

Good old Gymea Hotel is the perfect place for a cheeky afternoon drink with mates and has become a favourite among Shire locals. It attracts many for it's casual atmosphere, flowing drinks, trivia nights and live music!

The hotel has three different bars depending on where you feel like having a drink. These include the Main Bar, Sports Bar and the Bay Bar.

Gymea Hotel is conveniently found opposite Gymea Station and right near Shire icon, The Vinyl Room. This pub is the perfect place to have a couple of cold ones before hitting the dance floor!

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Papa Js

If you've always wanted to have a Great Gatsby inspired evening this bar could be just the place for you.

Papa Js is a more recent addition to the many bars of Cronulla. The luxe interior will make you feel like you've walked straight into a film from the 1920s.

Their 15 page drink list is sure to have something for everyone and their food menu is inspired by Asian cuisine.

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Black Swan Wine Bar

At the northern end of Port Hacking Road in Caringbah you will find the Black Swan Wine Bar.

If you deem yourself wine connoisseur or just love a good glass of red, white or rose the Black Swan is the place for you.

Combined with live music and a tapas-style menu you will be set for a fun night!

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Club Central Menai

Club Central Menai has served the Shire community for the past 26 years and in that time has become a popular place to catch up with friends over drinks and food.

If you're a cocktail kind of person you'll enjoy Club Central Menai's exclusive drink menu. Just some of the unique cocktails created are the peanut butter colada, the Mars Bar, Turkish Delight and chocolate honey comb, as well as the lamington martini!

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Zinc Bar

Cronulla's Zinc Bar is renowned for its fruity cocktails, frosty beers, tasty finger food and picturesque view of North Cronulla Beach.

The bar hosts local artists to perform live music every Friday night and Sunday arvo for added atmosphere.

Their $4 sliders are also something you need to add to your table order and come in five tasty flavours!

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Heathcote Hotel

For more than two decades Heathcote Hotel has served the local Sutherland Shire community and has become a trusty spot for a bite to eat and drink.

The hotel holds fun trivia nights each Wednesday and has become a popular spot for local Sharkies supporters to watch our live games.

They are known for their affordable food and drinks, need I say no more than $6 schooners and $5 spirits! Yes Please!

Low & Lofty's

If you're looking for somewhere with a vibrant and fun atmosphere this is the place for you! Low & Lofty's is a Cronulla-based bar that serves up Caribbean-style barbecue food and tropical cocktails.

You can find the bar in Cronulla Mall, right beside Bakers Delight. Once the drinks are flowing and the music turns on you won't wanna leave!

This place does get pretty packed so bookings are recommended but walk ins are excepted.

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Bangor Tavern

Voted by locals as 'one of the Shire's best beer gardens', Bangor Tavern has it all when it comes to food, drinks and entertainment for the young and young at heart!

The tavern is known for its DJ sets that attract locals from near and far, as well as the modern seating arrangement.

Their menu features classic pub food and their $6 happy hour is not to be missed! Pups are also welcome!

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The Alley

One of Cronulla's secret gems is The Alley, which can be found up on the balcony of Ridges, overlooking the hustle and bustle of North Cronulla.

This bar hosts live music, serves up delicious cocktails and some seriously tasty food, created by Masterchef Australia favourite, Aldo Ortado!

This is the perfect spot for sunset drinks and nibbles with mates! Come see for yourself!

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Tradies Gymea & Caringbah

With two locations within the Sutherland Shire, Gymea and Caringbah tradies have become long time go-to's for locals.

Their bistro menu, bar, trivia nights, card nights, bingo, bowling and more are popular among the community. For some locals these activities are a part of their weekly routine.

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1908

Cronulla is home to the historical, 1908, a stunning bar and restaurant known to serve up impressive food and drinks.

This bar was once a Methodist church in 1908 and then went on to be the Shire Library in the 1970's!

1908 knows how to serve up spectacular meals inspired by coastal cuisine, as well as their extensive cocktail menu. With 20 different cocktails you won't know which to choose... Guess you'll have to try them all.

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Jack Gray

One of the up and coming, trendiest bars in the Sutherland Shire resides in Grays Point. The food menu, drinks, music and overall atmosphere will make Jack Gray your new go-to!

Their wine bar opens every Friday and Saturday night for locals to enjoy nibbles and drinks. The food menu accompanies the drink menu perfectly. We can promise some definite insta-worthy cocktail shots!

The wine bar opens from 6pm, so, what are you doing? Secure yourself a table now and enjoy!

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Hairyman Brewery

Along Northumberland Road you can find Hairyman Brewery, a locally owned and independent brewery. The cellar bar is open Wednesday to Sunday for takeaway beer or to sit in for a drink or two.

Food trucks also make an appearance every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the brewery! The local spot has also become a very popular place for fellow Sharks supporters to catch up for a pint before a game.

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South Cronulla Bowling Club

If you're looking for a spot to spend a Sunday arvo this hidden gem, away from the hustle and bustle of Cronulla, is highly recommended.

South Cronulla Bowling Club, also known as "the Shire's friendliest club" is the perfect place for a casual meet up with friends or family over an ice cold beer and a bowl!

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The Vinyl Room

Feeling like a drink and a dance? The Vinyl Room is calling your name! This iconic Gymea club opened its doors back in 1983 and has been serving Shire locals ever since!

Grab yourself a drink or snack from the front bar and dance the night away on the D-Floor to classic tunes from the 70's, 80's and 90's. (AKA the best kind of music)

No matter your age or dancing abilities, you're guaranteed to have a fun night at Vinyl!

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Cook At Kurnell

Don't know where to go to get good food and have a cheeky drink or two with friends? Check out Cook At Kurnell!

This is the perfect spot for sunset nibbles and drinks with live music in a fun, outdoor atmosphere.

Happy hour is from 2pm til 3pm on Saturdays, with $14 cocktails, $25 sangria jugs and $35 Corona buckets on offer! Guess I'll see ya there!


All bookings are subject to availability. Please check with each venue if you are unsure about their rules and regulations around COVID and being vaccinated.

Drink responsibly!

Cameron Laing
Local Supporter
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