Archive for the ‘Bars’ Category

Back to Balmain… again! The Royal Oak is less than 200m from last week”s Sir William Wallace and a pub from much earlier in the year, The Dry Dock, emphasising just how many pubs there are in Balmain! And to think 90% of them are closed from the heady 1800s and early 1900s.

The Royal Oak has been done very nicely. Modern but with a real old world charm about it.

Go there.


The Shakespeare Hotel (affectionately known as “The Shakey” by locals) is a Surry Hills institution. The building has remained practically unchanged since doors were opened in 1879, making it a rare time capsule of old-school pub culture. Inside you’ll find locals who have been coming in for 50 years drinking happily alongside the new generation of young professionals enjoying Surry Hills’ gentrification of the last decade or so.
Old world public bar with lots of timber, old tyles on the wall (inside and out) private areas for function hire, good food and cold beer.

A little hard to get to at the moment… the light rail is heading straight up Devonshire Street so a lot of roads are closed, but it’s worth a trip…  terrific.


Not a local… more a local that’s a meeting place with a huge bistro trade that caters for large groups and children’s parties!

Nevertheless, has to be someone’s local I guess… and in this part of \Sydney, pubs are pretty few and far between.

How good is an inner city pub with a sign out the fron proudly displaying “no pokies”.

The Merton at Rozelle. A stone’s throw from the city near the ANZAC Bridge.

Gorgeous old world feel. Lovely open area out the back.

Mind you, just how the hell does the council allow steps like these??

Iconic local at… Balmain!

Terrific little pub with half a dozen bookable areas for a drink with friends; some under cover, others enjoying the sunshine outside.

Dog friendly… lovely!

Robyn’s relatives used to live around here, and after talking to an aunt in Melbourne we were able to locate the original house.

Heading over to Mollymook for a few days of leave, we headed south via the roundabout way through Goulburn.
We were really surprised! A town like Goulburn… such a working town, we thought there’d be a plethora of pubs to call in and have a drink at.
Not the case. We did, however, find a lovely little pub down near the railway station.
The Coolavin, complete with a small museum of railway memorabilia and a nice little garden out the back.

Annandale. Go for a walk and you easily get the sense of what used to be. On just about every single corner is what could have been a former hotel.

Historically, suburbs like Annandale, before the gentrification, were very working class, and very much like Balmain or Rozelle, hotels proliferated.

The Victoria Hotel in Young St Annandale is a great little local tucked away amongst houses just off the main drag. Cold beer, great food and while the beer garden’s not leafy, it’s a good space to enjoy any time of the year.