I'm quite fond of the Palisade myself. We 'discovered' it one summer evening, sat outside sipping VB and enjoying the breeze, and never looked back.
It's a tall sandstone building overlooking a wide sweep of road in the quieter backwaters of The Rocks, and retains a charmingly ramshackle feel from the framed images of Sydney gone by to the timeworn floorboards.
There's a restaurant if you're hungry, and it makes a great starting point for a crawl back towards the area's more 'seething' fleshpots. We prefer to sneak down the alley at the side and sit on the park bench and watch the activities in the harbour below.
review by: pubguide staff