Savour the flavour of our exclusive rare & seasonal beers!

Thunderbolt logo and Pumphouse logoWe are passionate about bringing you one of Sydney's best beer selections. From easy-drinking Lagers to heavy-going Stouts.

Our beers are sourced everywhere from 10km to 10000kms away. Each selection is here to demonstrate the great variety within the wonderful world of Beer… so much more than the limited choice most pubs and bars provide you with.

Whilst our beer list is extensive - we often have exclusive, rare or seasonal beers available that won't be listed anywhere else… add us on facebook to be informed of special beer events and on-tap releases.


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The Legendary Thunderbolt Strong Ale

The Statue of Captain Thunderbolt in Uralla.A FAVOURITE AT PUMPHOUSE SINCE THE LATE 80s

The legendary Thunderbolt Strong Ale has been a favourite at Pumphouse since the late 80's – little known however is where the bar's staple house craft brew got its name from…

Captain Thunderbolt (born Fredrick Ward) began work in 1833 at the early age of 11!

Working on several horse studs, his duties over the next 10 years would be "breaking in" horses throughout Western and later, Northern New South Wales.

His nephew began a dubious horse and cattle stealing business in 1856 which ultimately had many in the Ward family involved. The outlaw was sent to Cockatoo Island Prison once for horse theft and then later twice for abusing his leave-ticket

When visiting his pregnant girlfriend Mary Ann Bugg, he arrived late for his three month muster, and it is here that the Captain Thunderbolt story truly evolves…

Having hidden for two days and making a swim for it to nearby Woolich, Captain Thunderbolt and his companion Fred Britten escaped and began holding up various cattle stations and private residences whilst on the run.

Learn more about Thunderbolt Strong Ale

Our Range of International & Craft Beer

Lager and Light beer

  • James Boags

    James Boags

    Australia, ABV: 5.5%
  • Pure Blonde

    Pure Blonde

    Australia, ABV: 4.6%
  • Corona


    Mexico, ABV: 4.6%
  • Asahi


    Japan, ABV: 5%
  • Heineken


    Netherlands, ABV: 5%
  • Peroni


    Italy, ABV: 5.10%
  • Stella Artois

    Stella Artois

    Belgium, ABV: 5%
  • Crown Lager

    Crown Lager

    Australia, ABV: 4.9%
  • Hahn Light

    Hahn Light

    Australia, ABV: 2.6%
  • Boags Light

    James Boags Light

    Australia, ABV: 2.9%


  • Apple Thief Cider

    Apple Thief Pink Lady

    New South Wales, ABV: 4.5%
  • Hills Cider

    The Hills Pear Cider

    Adelaide Hills, ABV: 5%
  • Batlow Cider

    Batlow Apple Cider

    New South Wales, ABV: 4.2%
  • Lick Pier Ginger Beer

    Lick Pier Ginger Beer

    Victoria, ABV: 4%

Indian Pale Ales

  • Nomad Brewing Jet Lag IPA

    Nomad Brewing Jet Lag IPA

    New South Wales, ABV: 6%
  • Bridge Road Bling IPA

    Bridge Road Bling IPA

    Victoria, ABV: 4.8%
  • Yeastie Boys Digital IPA

    Yeastie Boys Digital IPA

    New Zealand, ABV: 5.7%
  • Eel River IPA (Organic)

    Eel River IPA (Organic)

    USA, ABV: 7.2%

Pale Ales

  • Two Birds Sunset Ale

    Two Birds Sunset Ale

    New South Wales, ABV: 4.6%
  • Murray's Angry Man

    Murray's Angry Man

    New South Wales, ABV: 5%
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

    USA, ABV: 5.4%
  • Little Creatures Pale Ale

    Little Creatures Pale Ale

    Western Australia, ABV: 5.2%

Amber/ Red Ales

  • Thunderbolt Strong Ale

    Thunderbolt Strong Ale

    New South Wales, ABV: 6.5%
  • Brew Dog Red Ale

    Brew Dog Red Ale

    Scotland, ABV: 5%
  • Riverside Amber Ale

    Riverside Amber Ale

    New South Wales, ABV: 6.5%

Other Ales

  • Murray's Golden Ale

    Murray's Moon Boy Golden Ale

    New South Wales, ABV: 4.5%
  • Morrington Brown Ale

    Mornington Brown Ale

    Victoria, ABV: 5%
  •  Mountain Goat Steam Ale (Organic)

    Mountain Goat Steam Ale (Organic)

    Victoria, ABV: 4.5%
  • Six Strings Brew Co One

    Six Strings Brew Co One (750mL)

    New South Wales, ABV: 10.2%

Dark Ales

  • Pumphouse 1891 Honey Porter

    New South Wales, ABV: 5%
  • Guinness Extra Stout

    Guinness Extra Stout

    Ireland, ABV: 6%
  • Wicked Elf Porter

    Wicked Elf Porter

    New South Wales, ABV: 6.2%
  • Black Dog Dead Dog Stout

    Black Dog Dead Dog Stout

    Victoria, ABV: 6%
  • Holgate Temptress Chocolate Porter Ale

    Holgate Temptress Chocolate Porter Ale

    Victoria, ABV: 6%

Wheat/White Beer

  • Feral White Beer

    Feral White Beer

    Western Australia, ABV: 4.6%
  • Hefe Wheat Beer

    Hefe Wheat Beer

    Queensland, ABV: 5%
  • White Rabbit White Ale

    White Rabbit White Ale

    Victoria, ABV: 4.5%
  • Stockage Wheat Beer

    New South Wales, ABV: 5%


  • Duvel


    Belgium, ABV: 8.5%
  • Mad Abbot Tripel

    Mad Abbot Tripel

    New South Wales, ABV: 9.5%


  • Moo Brew Pilsner

    Moo Brew Pilsner

    Tasmania, ABV: 5%
  • Hawthorn Pilsner

    Hawthorn Pilsner

    Victoria, ABV: 4.6%



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Pumphouse Bar Location

17 Little Pier St
Darling Harbour NSW 2000
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Phone: (02) 8217 4100

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