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Hotel Sweeney's and Chimney Thai Bistro

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by Night Writer (subscribe)
Co-author of the ebook Secret Sydney Bars Walking Tour (Amazon). Reviews wine & craft beer bars and pubs, Asian restaurants and other places open late. Please visit my blog for more of the same from around the world
Published May 9th 2016
Taking Craft Beer to New Heights
While the ground floor bar of Sweeney's looks like your standard sports bar with basic beers and a pokies area, further exploration of the place is rewarded with the discovery of a fast and friendly Thai restaurant along with a second bar on the first level, a lounge area and pool table on the second and a craft beer garden and bar on the third.

Hotel Sweeney's Rooftop Bar
Chill out with some music above the crowd


This variety is what keeps people coming back. You can chill on the slightly more quiet 2nd level or enjoy the open air on the third.

Craft Beer Taps
Almost ready to change to the next ones


We went to try the latest beers and weren't disappointed. A very malty 10% alcohol craft beer for $15 a glass? Sure! You only live once. And it was amazing. I also tried a chocolate stout which was everything I imagined.

Assorted Craft Beers at Sweeney's
Enjoying some beers with some friends


The place is near Town Hall so it is easy to get a train back to wherever you need to go. The bar staff are friendly and helpful, happy to offer a taste of the different beers before you buy, and let you know of any specials on offer.

Enjoy Thai food with your craft beer
A hidden Thai restaurant.


The space is quite nice on a Monday night. Having been here at various times on weekends I can say that it can get very crowded, standing room only, during the peak periods. I've also been there during the height of summer when they turn on the misters on the top level. I'm not a big fan of the misters but it's a welcome break from the heat.

The music is loud but not loud enough to drown out a conversation, so Sweeney's attracts the 25-40 crowd who like to enjoy the taste of a nice drink and talk.

Hotel Sweeney's Newspapers
If there's a queue to get down the stairs, you'll have something to read.


If you're having trouble walking it may not be the place for you. It's in a very old building and the stairs are quite small and difficult to navigate, even sober, and there are no lifts. Think terrace house converted to a pub and you'd be pretty close. It's definitely not a place for high heels!

Outside Hotel Sweeney's
Look for this sign at the end of Clarence Street


But if you're in the city and looking for something different, check out Sweeney's. And don't be afraid to take the stairs to the top.
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Why? Great atmosphere
Phone: 02 9267 1796
Where: 236 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Cost: $8-$20
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