2010

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BEST TRIVIA NIGHT: THE WELCOME HOTEL

Is your head bursting at the seams with completely useless information? Despair not. Offload some of your more trivial knowledge at The Welcome Hotel. Rozelle residents will already know that this venue hosts the most entertaining and lively trivia on a Monday night. They also give the best feed with the roast of the week, […]

BEST STRAIGHT PICK-UP JOINT: IVY

Love him or hate him, it’s undeniable Justin Hemmes has made his mark on the Sydney bar scene. And nowhere is his Merivale outfit’s audacious vision of hedonism in all its splendour more eye-popping than at his flagship club, The Ivy. A decadent playground set over four levels, it is sophisticated, undeniably glamourous and very, […]

BEST SPORTS BAR: GOLDEN BARLEY

This has remained a popular local pub for the people of Enmore since 1939 and there is little wonder why. The lusciously green beer garden is a rare oasis in the inner city where you can park yourself with a beer and a book. The large outdoor area and two bars also make the Golden […]

BEST ROMANTIC FIREPLACE: DUKE OF EDINBURGH HOTEL

Let’s face it, now is the season of the open fireplace. Is there anything better in the deep chill of winter than wandering in and reclining beside a crackling open fire? Well perhaps doing just that with the one you love (or might like to love). With its rustic charm, The Duke is a little […]

BEST PUB BISTRO: SHAKESPEARE HOTEL

A menu of $10 meals and a generous happy hour might seem like the domain of a suburban RSL or sports club, where pokies offset the cost of booze. However, as with any rule, there are exceptions. Enter the Shakespeare Hotel. Located a five minute walk from Central Station, Shakespeare’s has an ‘olde’ pub vibe […]

BEST PUB: NAGS HEAD HOTEL

The original Nag’s Head in England dates back to 11th century, earning it a mention in the Doomsday Book and the pages of history; supposedly Samuel Johnson quaffed a few there while penning his Dictionary. He was probably working on ‘pun’ – the name of this pub is a ‘goodun’. Whether you imagine it as […]

BEST NIGHTCLUB: SPECTRUM

In the centre of this infamous live music venue is the tiny, cramped stage. It is low enough to reach out to the band members as they play a gig and it generates a level of intimacy that surpasses many other inner-city venues. The dimly-lit bathrooms, tattooed bar-staff, and smoking balcony are so packed-in that […]

BEST LOCAL BEER: BARONS BLACK WATTLE ORIGINAL ALE

I must confess from the outset that I’m not much of a beer drinker, but a beer from a company that seeks to ‘play by its own rules’, with a vision for aggressive world domination (exclusive to the realm of beer- there’s no need to get concerned just yet) may just change my mind. This […]

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE: WORLD: QIRKZ

Last year’s “Best Venue that’s not a Venue” has had a busy year. Well-documented council problems have seen them scale back on the number of performances and move the venue temporarily a few doors up (to the Macedonian Club!), but they continue to provide the most eclectic mix of Gypsy, klezmer and world sounds – […]