The Cricketer’s Arms Hotel was established in 1872 during a time of rapid change on the Peninsula that would see Balmain become one of the premier industrial centre’s of Sydney. Traditionally Blue Collar, the ‘Arms’ spent many years as host to the Dockers and Wharfies whom worked out of the Mort Bay and White Bay industrial areas and had a reputation of being one of Balmain’s more colourful pubs known to people of questionable integrity.
The ‘Arms’ remained this way for around a century before undergoing renovations in 1996 where it became The Monkey Bar. After a successful era the pub would then change hands again in 2015 where it would be reverted to a traditional style pub with its original name of The Cricketer’s Arms.
The Cricketer’s Arms Hotel now back to its original namesake is located at 255 Darling St on the famous Balmain Peninsula. The Condotel group took over the pub in 2015 and had the aim of returning it to its former glory as a pub representing Balmain’s working class history, but with a few twists.
Half of the venue is now utilized as a Italian restaurant named One Ford Street which is located downstairs with the street level remaining as a traditional pub. The Cricketer’s Arms Hotel boasts the famous Balmain Burger Co., over 10 screens devoted to sport, Balmain’s best TAB and VIP lounge and also 2 upstairs function rooms. The ‘Arms’ is a true public tap house boasting 17 taps devoted to beer, cider and wine (the most on the peninsular).
(02) 9818 4232
255 Darling Street
10am - Midnight
10am - 2am
10am – 10pm