If you’re looking for a good friendly place to enjoy a couple of cold ones, coupled with an affordable yet wholesome meal, be sure to stop off at one of these Northern Rivers pubs.
Eltham Hotel

Cosy dining area, Eltham Hotel - Northern Rivers
Cosy dining area, Eltham Hotel – Northern Rivers

Located just off Eltham Road, if you’re travelling near the Byron Bay hinterland region be sure to stop off at the famous Eltham Hotel. After a day of exploring all the wonderful nearby beaches and natural attractions, there’s no better way to end the day than with a few beverages from this classic country pub. If you’re hungry, head to the restaurant and choose from their extensive menu, which includes some tasty steak selections and other woodfired specials. Otherwise, head straight to the bar and mix it with the locals in the beer garden under the jacarandas. Pick from up to 12 different tap beers, with all your favourite brands, as well as several specialty ales. So it doesn’t matter whether you’re hungry or thirsty, come down to this family owned and operated pub if you’re travelling through the Northern Rivers.
Where: 441 Eltham Rd Eltham Northern Rivers NSW
Federal Hotel
Beers and burgers (perfect), Federal Hotel - Northern Rivers
Beers and burgers (perfect), Federal Hotel – Northern Rivers

When a pub has been around for more than 100 years, you know it is doing something right! The Federal Hotel, affectionately known as ‘The Fed’, is somewhat of an Alstonville icon and has been a favourite watering hole for locals and tourists alike since most can remember. While the interior has undergone many refurbishments over the journey, the building has not lost its historical character at all. With a menu that reflects this landmark pub’s personality, you can order the best fresh, local and seasonal traditional pub grub with a contemporary twist. So be sure to stop by The Fed and soak up the atmosphere that has made this pub so popular over the years.
Where: 77 Main St Alstonville Northern Rivers NSW
Hotel Brunswick
Something always happening, Hotel Brunswick - northern Rivers
Something always happening, Hotel Brunswick – Northern Rivers

Whether you’re finishing work and want to have a punt, or you just want a friendly place to go for dinner with the family, you can’t look past Hotel Brunswick. This classic Aussie pub, located in the heart of Brunswick Heads, is steeped in history and is home to a rather unique vintage charm. Plan on spending a bit of time exploring the Brunswick region? Feel free to book an affordable yet homely room at Hotel Brunswick. You can come back after a long day of activities, have a few brews, then make the short stumble to your room. However, with a riverfront beer garden at your doorstep, as well as a high-quality restaurant and family friendly atmosphere, you may not want to go anywhere.
Where: 4 Mullumbimbi St Brunswick Heads Northern Rivers NSW
Mary G’s
Pub-style meal, Mary G's - Northern Rivers
Pub-style meals, Mary G’s – Northern Rivers

Last but certainly not least is Mary G’s. If you’re somewhere in the vicinity of Lismore’s CBD then it would be rude not to stop in for a traditional bistro-style feed at this versatile pub. This recently renovated venue has become a favourite among locals who want to enjoy some live sport or music over a quality meal. Need more than a great tasting, affordable meal and friendly staff to motivate you to get off the couch? With $1 pool Monday, bingo Tuesday, trivia Wednesday and live music Thursday to Saturday, there’s always a reason to get down to Mary G’s.
Where: Corner Woodlark & Keen Streets Woodlark Street Lismore Northern Rivers NSW
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