Archive for the ‘Inner West’ Category

Emily is our oldest daughter.
Emily St, not far The Forum at Leichhardt. Pretty little street. (And as an aside, hasn’t The Forum changed in the past 10 years? I remember taking the kids there and it was a thriving Italianate courtyard packed with restaurant goers creating a real buzz. Now it’s all a bit sad; virtually deserted, shops up for lease etc.)

On a walk in the surrounding streets it’s evident of the haphazard way some of these older streets and suburbs were settled and grew… some terraces have rear (dunny lane) access, others a side passage, others no access to the old privy at all. Shop fronts scattered through the residential areas, larger houses (the original estate house?) with generous yards. Really interesting.

Emily St
Leichhardt NSW 2040


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??

Dawn Fraser, who has the baths named after her just down the hill, is a former owner and licensee of this well known local, The Riverview Hotel.

Gourmet dining, sunny front bar but unfortunately no beer garden and while upstairs is inviting, it’s only for patrons who are eating.

Good range of beers, a decent wine list, and tight arse Tuesdays 2-for-1 pizza!

20 minutes for a plate of dips tested our patience, however.

A beautiful sunny Sunday.

Some of you will remember when the Newtown Jets, originally the Newtown Bluebags, were in the NSW Rugby League competition. They played out of Henson Park in Newtown.

The Henson is a terrific local. Dog and child friendly, the beer garden is full of local families.

Friendly wait staff who all stop to pat Bailey, our labrador, all the sport on all the TVs to keep that folk happy, and of course a community library on site.

What a beautiful little pub, tucked away in Rozelle near Balmain.

Welcome indeed. We’d been down at the water’s edge at Birchgrove giving the new pup her first swim and so were looking for a dog friendly hotel nearby.

The Welcome has been a dog friendly pub since 1878

A great variety of craft beers on tap (I had the Ekim After Battle), a substantial wine list and a gorgeous beer garden.

I can see why it was voted Time Out’s Sydney pub of the year in 2014.

Go there. We’ll be back!

The dog is definitely a water lover 🙂 Took her a while to warm to it. but once she got used to the water, she loved it.

The Bald Rock Hotel is an historic pub in the suburb of Rozelle, down near White Bay in the shadow of the Anzac Bridge in the Inner West of Sydney.

Wikipedia says that Bald Rock was originally a suburb within Balmain.

The hotel was built in 1876 and was a lot closer to the harbour when first built; subsequent landfill means it’s now a bit further from the water.

The Bald Rock is sandstone inside and out and is heritage-listed.

It retains much character and is a favourite of locals in an area that used to have a pub on nearly every corner but has in this last generation become more gentrified and where community gardens and parks now flourish.

So, our last weekend in Sydney for the year and, perfect timing (luck, not design) we finished walking all the water west of the Harbour Bridge.

The iconic Bay Run at Drummoyne was the perfect place to finish up, too. A 7 km loop, it’s one of Sydney’s most well known and well used walkin/running/riding/training/fitness loops.


And so ends the year. Now, on to 2017 and a year of drinking in local hotels! Woohoo!