Lifestyle Restaurants

Pumphouse, Sydney Darling Harbour

After an extensive refurbishment, the historic Pumphouse Sydney has now reopened to show off its incredible face lift. We were welcomed back to check out the Pumphouse Sydney’s new chic industrial design that speaks to the signature heritage traits of the building. And what a face lift!

The historic venue once supplied power to a booming city and the sophisticated new space boasts an industrial design with high end finishes, from the statement pendant shades over the bar which feature the work of Australian artist Lance Corlett, to the stunning timber bar and intimate wine room.

Pumphouse, Sydney

Visitors can cosy up by one of the fireplaces and enjoy a whisky or relax on the open terrace and watch the hustle and bustle of the Darling Square precinct in Darling Harbour.

Head chef Anthony Kirk and his team has created a new range of food, suited to accompany any drinks preference. 

Kirk commented: “The concept for the new menu has been inspired by the Pumphouse Sydney’s rich history, fusing great Australian pub food with grazing dishes to keep customers satisfied. We are so thrilled to welcome Sydneysiders and interstate visitors to our new and improved venue

The menu is designed to share with a selection of plates including three types of boards – the Bushman with a selection of cured meats, a veggie board with creatively displayed vegetables and a seafood option which will have fresh Sydney rock oysters, southern calamari, Tasmanian ocean trout and smoked fish rillettes all featuring house made wood fired flatbreads.

The Pumphouse was one of Sydney’s first microbreweries, and stocks an evolving and diverse beer selection. For the wine drinkers with the addition of a stunning wine room for tastings and private dining which can be booked for special events. For cocktail lovers, Pumphouse Sydney offers a great range of cocktails specially curated for the venue. Paying homage to the venue, cocktail favourites will include ‘Steam Punk’ including vanilla vodka and flavours of passionfruit, ‘The Heritage’, a simple cocktail of vanilla vodka, Chambord and pineapple and the gin based and lychee flavoured ‘The Darling’ to name a few, while also offering favourites such as the original and the Pumphouse Negroni.

We know that not all of our readers can get to Sydney so the Pumphouse has shared a delicious cocktail recipe (below) although of course the Pumphouse will love to shake these up for you when you are in town!

Steam Punk Cocktail Recipe


60ml Vanilla Vodka

15ml Passionfruit Puree

15ml Passionfruit Monin

30ml Lime Juice

Prosecco (to top up)


  1. Measure all ingredients (apart from the Prosecco) into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Top up with Prosecco

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