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2011

Best New Pub Bistro: Strawberry Hills Hotel

The Strawberry Hills Hotel sets the pace as an upmarket bistro in a sophisticated setting with a classic pub feel. Despite sporting some big name items like Pork Belly, Duck Confit and Murray Bridge Sirloin Steak, as well as classics like Chicken Parmigiana, nothing on the menu is over $15. They provide the best quality […]

Best Pub Crawl in Sydney: Crown St

The high concentration of pubs along Crown Street Surry Hills makes the ‘crawl’ in search of a beer a leisurely stroll. Start at the iconic Crown Hotel before fuelling up with hearty pub food on the patio of the Trinity Bar. The balcony of the Clock Hotel is perfect for a beer and across the […]

Best Pub Grub: The Shakespeare Hotel

Everyone already knows that the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills is renowned for its multi-award winning food. But it’s the atmosphere that really makes the Shakespeare the place to eat. This is the classic Sydney pub, unchanged since 1979. Unlike many other pubs that went through the craze of replacing their original furnishings with soulless […]

Best Pub off the Beaten Track: Different Drummer

This pub was a little hard to find, it being a fair walk down Glebe Point Road and having a deceiving entrance. But once you recognise the red light shining from inside, the hunt for this little gem is well worth the effort. The interior of the indie haunt is artistic and dimly lit, perfect […]

Best place to dance like Kate Bush and not feel ashamed: Zanzibar

With hoards of pretentious bars filling up the streets of Sydney fast, a Saturday night at ZanziBar in Newtown feels like a breath of fresh air. Here you can let your hair down, grab a drink of gin and have a jive. Dance as madly as you desire. Just make sure you wear velvet and […]

Best Pop-Up Pub we hope is here to stay: Freaky Tiki

Like a phoenix from the ashes of the old Newtown Hotel, the quirky, kitsch and downright jungle world of Freaky Tiki rose early in 2011 as the hottest pop-up pavilion in the Inner West. Decked out like a bad Hawaiian party bag with plastic hibiscus vines, bamboo, beach umbrellas, voodoo skulls and Pirates of the […]

Best Sports Pub: Jacksons on George

Any venue describing itself as ‘Sports Central’ has some serious claims to fulfill in sports-mad Sydney. But with live action plastered across 40 screens (including 3D TV) and a series of projectors, Jacksons on George gets full marks for being a prime sporting hub. With a schooner in hand and a beef burger with the […]

Best Sunday with Friends Pub: Courthouse Hotel

One hundred and fifty years old and still pumping out a mean Steak Diane, Newtown’s Courthouse Hotel sure is Sydney’s ultimate kickback Sunday saloon. Whether basking in dappled sunlight under frangipani trees, challenging a friend to a grungy pool tournament, arguing about the AFL results with the bartenders, flipping endlessly through the boho vintage jukebox […]

Best Small Bar: Shop and Wine Bar

My husband used to think he wasn’t cool enough for The Shop and Wine bar because he doesn’t wear skinny jeans, have a moustache or drive a Combi. But after a lazy Sunday breakfast of crispy prosciutto with sweet corn, jalapeno relish and a poached egg, with a great cappuccino to wash it down, these […]

Best Trivia Night: Victoria Hotel

This charming little pub, nestled in the back streets of Annandale, is home to Sydney’s best trivia night. Hosted by Trivia Magic, every Tuesday from 7pm, you’ll be sure to laugh, cry and win a few free jugs with questions on every topic from pop culture to sport and politics. While you’re straining your noodle, […]