The Mercantile Hotel in The Rocks is Australia's oldest Irish Pub.
Built in 1914 and opened in 1915, The Mercantile was established to replace the old Mercantile Rowing Club Hotel. The rowing club's lease on their old site down by the water's edge expired in 1911 and so they moved their club to Mosman, becoming the Mosman Rowing Club that we know today.
The Mercantile has traded continuously since 1915 on the site at 25 George St. Located adjacent to the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in the historic 'Rocks' precinct, the pub has welcomed people from all over the world to experience its famous hospitality and good times. Over almost 100 years The Mercantile has earned a reputation as the home of Irish music in Australia and a place where unforgettable memories are made.
Whilst people and businesses have come and gone around it through the years, The Mercantile remains a place of great cheer, an authentic Irish welcome and a must-see stop for anyone wanting to experience the best of Sydney.