Pyrmont Bridge Hotel

in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Standing like a guardian of tradition at the entrance to Pyrmont, this solid centenarian pub is a bastion of no-frills Sydney drinking culture. With an island bar and rooftop terrace, there are many handsome features; there's also lots of character and regular live music. Its biggest selling point is its 24-hour licence – the CBD lockout zone ends several metres away.

In practice, it usually closes for a little while at 5.30am so they can hose the place down and begin again.