Harbord Beach Hotel lies just 100 metres from Freshwater Beach — the cradle of Australian surfing. In 1915, a Hawaiian by the name of Duke Kahanamoku, who was camping nearby, carved a board out of local wood, plunged into the waves and introduced spectators to a sport they'd never seen before. The hotel's building, based on a Samoan guest house, dates to 1928, but has since had a fancypants reno.
These days, locals refer to the pub as the Harbord Hilton. The menu features ultra-fresh seafood dishes, like Sydney rock oysters, coconut and honey king prawns and Kinkawooka mussels; clever cocktails like the mojito pomegranate (Bacardi rum, Pama pomegranate liqueur, brown sugar, mint, lime and cranberry soda); and a top-notch selection of Aussie wines.