The Rocks has been intoxicated since convict times, with several local pubs dating back to settlement days. It's very touristy (George St in particular), but it’s still an interesting place for a brew or two. Circular Quay’s eastern shore is lined with modern bars serving pricey drinks, with tables spilling across the promenade. Note, most venues in these parts stick to traditional pub hours and close their doors around midnight. The entire area is covered by the inner city's lockout laws, meaning that nobody's permitted to enter a licensed venue after 1.30am. Only a handful of places stay open late.