The Arthouse Hotel

275 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000

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Opening hours Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 5pm-late,Sat 5pm-late
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments Diner's Club, AMEX, Visa
Phone 02 9284 1200

This pub is in a jaw-dropping gorgeous building with soaring ceilings, art on the walls and a great sense of space. There are two dining options: the ground floor bar area and a fancier affair upstairs. The downstairs menu is small but intelligently compact with burgers, pasta, chicken, fish and steak. The wagyu beef burger was delicious, with a perfectly cooked patty (nicely seared on the outside but not overdone inside) with a perky onion jam, a toasted bun and the most excellent shoestring fries and fresh salad of fancy leaves. The beef pie was of a similar standard with a tasty and rich filling.