One of the oldest pubs in Sydney, the Terminus has a Lazarus story to rival the one in the Bible. It was left abandoned for thirty years, covered in ivy, dilapidated and about to call last drinks when it was miraculously restored to its bygone splendour. Many of the original features have been saved or reproduced, including the iconically Australian pub green tiles around the walls. Situated towards the harbour end of Harris Street, it is a humble hotel with a steady cast of regulars and plenty of passing trade. In a prime location minutes from the CBD, close to transport, and walking distance to many attractions, this is a hidden gem of a boutique hotel. The food here is a level above classic pub fare and very tasty. Or just sit and have one of the bespoke cocktails – watching them being made is a form of entertainment in itself.
61 Harris St, Pyrmont. 9692 0301. terminuspyrmont.com