Have you heard the good news? From Monday 1 June NSW pubs, bars and clubs can reopen for dine-in business! For Wollongong that means a gradual return to our small bars, local pubs and nightclubs.  

For those who don’t live local and aren’t in the know-how, Wollongong has one of the best nightlife scenes in Australia. With a growing selection of local pubs, live-music venues, trendy bars and to-die-for restaurants, Wollongong holds its own against Sydney or Melbourne. 

To help you make the most of your next night out, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Wollongong CBD pubs, bars and clubs who are getting ready to serve your drink of choice starting next week.  

Whether you’re after a locally made craft beer poured on tap, a taste of some of the finest whiskey available or a specially made cocktail to share with friends, these Wollongong businesses have got your back! 

Keep in mind that as NSW businesses reopen, your next visit to Wollongong might look a little different to normal. There are limits on the number of dine-in guests that pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants can serve at any one time, so we suggest that you call ahead to book a table.  

Have fun but remember to drink responsibly!

We’re updating this list as new information becomes available. Get in touch at CityCentre@wollongong.nsw.gov.au  if you have relevant news.

Breakout Bar
Births and Deaths
Dicey Riley’s Hotel
His Boy Elroy
Howlin’ Wolf Bar Wollongong
Illawarra Leagues Club
Night Parrot Bar & Kitchen
Pepe’s on the Beach Wollongong
Ron De Vu
The Illawarra
The Swallowed Anchor
Uncle Bok’s – Bar & Eatery

Take Away Options
The Black Cockatoo

Breakout Bar

Crown Lane, Wollongong
Breakout Bar is easily one of Wollongong’s most unique bars with their hole in the wall entry, steampunk decor, escape rooms, karaoke and bar!

Although it may be a little while until you can puzzle your way through an escape room, Breakout Bar is opening the bar on Friday & Saturday nights from 5pm. With a new table service model and cocktail menu, there’s plenty to enjoy with friends this weekend.

Find out more by visiting www.breakoutbar.com.au for more information.

Births and Deaths 

2/74 Kembla Street, Wollongong
Births and Deaths is a Cocktail and Gin Bar with a difference. Located in the heart of Wollongong, this regional NSW bar focuses on serving only the best, sustainably minded drinks and gourmet dishes. Run by local Good Times Only Group, Births and Deaths gets its name from the building it resides in – the old Wollongong Birth, Deaths and Marriages building.

Their sustainable ethos is much more than just a trend, instead Births and Deaths finds creative methods to reuse food and drink waste in their drink and dinning menu.

Email birthsanddeathsbar@gmail.com or visit birthsanddeathsbar.com to book a table.


19 Market Street, Wollongong
Come Monday 1 June, Dagwood is ready to welcome back up to 35 dine-in guests at a time! This is excellent news for anyone whose been craving their Dirty Noods – wok fried rice noodles with prawns, bolgolgi pork, egg, shallots & chilli – or an ice-cold, frothy Espresso Martini!

If take away is more your style, then check out their take away menu to enjoy your favourite drinks, burgers and more at home!

Call (02) 4228 6850 to place a take away order or visit www.dagwoodbk.com to book a table.about:blankFacebook URL

Dicey Riley’s Hotel 

329-333 Crown Street, Wollongong
Dicey Riley’s is Wollongong’s very own Irish Pub! Located near the Wollongong Train Station (transport sorted) and boasting award winning food, a roaring fire, and some of the best live music in town, Dicey Riley’s is a local favourite.

For those who like to keep the party going all night long, Dicey Riley’s also operates a bottle-shop so you can sort out your night cap.

Call (02) 4229 1952 to make a table booking or visit www.diceyrileyshotel.com.au for more information.

His Boy Elroy 

Keira St, Wollongong NSW 2500  
This one’s for those who’ve been missing a proper burger! His Boy Elroy is serving dinner and drinks that are sure to make any evening in Wollongong that little bit better. With lip-smacking, tasty burgers, loaded fries, a revolving selection of beer on tap, sodas, milkshakes and of course cocktails, this bar and burger joint is something you need to try.

Call (02) 4244 5605 to organise dine in or visit www.hisboyelroy.com.au.about:blankFacebook URL

Howlin’ Wolf Bar Wollongong 

103/53-61 Crown Street, Wollongong
Howlin’ Wolf are back in business! Having spent the past month transformed into a makeshift bottle shop, it’s a great relief for the locals who love this bar to know that Howlin’ Wolf is reopening the doors for patrons.

This locals’ bar is known as Wollongong’s best top shelf whisky bar for a good reason. Home to over 260 whisky options from around the globe, as well as 18 gins, 13 rums, 50 craft beers and lovingly made cocktails, Howlin’ Wolf is one of the coolest bars to visit in town.

We highly recommend that you book a table early for this one as this is one bar that will soon book out.

Call (02) 4225 0772 or visit www.howlinwolfbar.com.au to book a table.

Illawarra Leagues Club 

97/99 Church Street, Wollongong
Reopening from Wednesday 3 June, the Illawarra Leagues Club offers fresh food, friendly service and space for guests to enjoy a drink or two. The Illawarra Leagues Club’s Bar 67 also usually offers live music entertainment.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest service changes and updates.

Visit www.collegians.com.au to find out more and book a table.about:blankFacebook URL


68 Crown St, Wollongong NSW 2500  
Moominn is a different kind of bar – comfortable, quirky and friendly! At Moominn you’ll feel at home, almost as if you were relaxing in your Grandma’s kitchen with a big glass of wine.

Boasting a hearty menu of Asian and Czech inspired foods, Moominn is a cozy Wollongong bar to spend an hour or two with friends and loved ones. Why not try a freshly made cocktail and pair it with deep fried camembert cheese! We promise it’s as delicious as it sounds.
Call 0412 871 884 or visit www.moominn.com.au to make a booking.

Night Parrot Bar & Kitchen 

69 Crown Street, Wollongong  
This Wollongong bar knows a thing or two about excellent wines. Night Parrot offers a selection of Australian wines that go perfectly with their Asian inspired menu that features tasty dishes including handmade dumplings, bao buns, sashimi and more.  

The Night Parrot drinks menu is extensive, but don’t let that deter you! Instead ask a friendly staff member for your next drink inspiration as all staff have meticulously taste tested everything.  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ 
Call 0431 684 148 or visit www.nightparrotbar.com to make a booking

Pepe’s on the Beach Wollongong 

2-14 Cliff Road, Wollongong
Pepe’s on the Beach brings the best of Wollongong’s beautiful beaches into a beachside bar and eatery. Offering uninterrupted views of Wollongong North Beach, Pepe’s is one of the trendiest bars in the city!

Why not enjoy fresh seafood – oyster shots, coconut prawn tacos and szechuan spiced squid – as you sip on a freshly made cocktail or two? If that doesn’t tickle your fancy choose from one of Pepe’s 20 on-tap beers or pour a glass of wine and enjoy the sea view.

Call (02) 4224 3111 or visit pepesonthebeach.com.au to make a booking.

Ron De Vu 

76 Crown Street, Wollongong  
Ron De Vu is one of Wollongong’s premiere boutique bars offering a first class tapas, wine, beer and spirits menu. 

The Illawarra 

160 – 164 Keira Street, Wollongong 
After closing for renovations earlier this year, The Illawarra is now getting ready to officially reopen! Get excited for this one as The Illawarra gets ready for the next phase of this locally owned hotel’s history with a pub experience that is sure to satisfy everyone.

Restored and refurbished with an art deco theme, The Illawarra looks beautiful with big open dining spaces, a stage for live performances and of course a well-stocked bar. The Illawarra is trialing a soft launch and allowing a reduced number of dine-in guests from 1 June so make sure you book your table early to avoid missing out.

Call (02) 4229 5411 or visit www.theillawarra.com.au to book a table.

The Swallowed Anchor 

3/156-160 Crown Street, Wollongong  
Located in the centre of Wollongong, The Swallowed Anchor is the perfect place for a mid-week date, after work drink or night out. Offering a mouth-watering selection of traditional and modern tapas sourced from quality, local suppliers. Enjoy a range international and local wines or taste test their list of nautical inspired craft beers. 
Owned by a couple of young Navy Veterans, The Swallowed Ancho brings a slice. of the Navy life to Wollongong. Sit on the balcony and look out over Crown Street Mall as you enjoy a cold pale ale after work.

Call (02) 4228 8877 or visit theswallowedanchor.com.au to book a table.about:blankFacebook URL

Uncle Bok’s – Bar & Eatery

Shop 1/48-50 Crown Street, Wollongong
Owned by well-loved bar Moominn, Uncle Bok’s Bar & Eatery offers a quirky decor and a cool atmosphere for your next night out in Wollongong.

Uncle Bok’s boasts a menu that will take your tastebuds on a journey around Europe featuring dishes such as Hungarian Beef Goulash, Slovakian Crispy Crumbed Cauliflower and Swedish Meatballs. Or enjoy their selection of shaken, stirred and poured cocktails, extensive wine list and Australian and international beers.

Call 0402 831 288 or visit www.uncleboks.com.au to book a table.about:blankFacebook URL

The Black Cockatoo

Thinking outside the box, The Black Cockatoo has transformed its bar into a bottle shop. You can pick up for take away a selection of wines, cheese and tinnies!

Visit their Facebook Page for more information.

Have we missed one of your favourite Wollongong CBD bars, pubs or clubs? Let us know by emailing CityCentre@wollongong.nsw.gov.au