What a great little local.

Right near the very end of Darling Street, close to the wharf and bus turning circle, this hotel is a great place to relax in one of the various cars and dining areas.

A great outdoor area, a cozy fire, good range of beers on tap and a decent menu from the kitchen.

It would be a terrific place to book an area for a birthday.

We’ll be back.


The Hunters Hill Hotel… not really a local as it’s a bit more commercial and frequented by plenty of people who have traveled to this well known sports pub.

Recently renovated, it has a great kitchen that pumps out up-market pub grub all day, and huge screens for the folks who come to watch whatever live sport is on.


The Cauliflower

Posted: July 16, 2017 in Drinking at the local hotel

Drive past The Cauliflower Hotel and you’d be forgiven for failing to realise what lies behind the front wall facing busy Botany Road in Waterloo.

First opened in 1838, so of course it has the obligatory front bar but beyond this is a back bar, and upstairs is the “Forgotten Cask” rooftop bar, a terrific retreat with lounges as well as tables and bar stools.

They also brew some serious beers here… 10 and 11%! Not to my liking, but wow!!

The Albion Hotel  at Parramatta is one of those pubs that has a few different characters, depending on the time and day. It’s not on a really busy road so doesn’t get a lot of passing trade, but it does have a bit of a reputation and is well known to many.

Of an evening, particularly a Friday or Saturday night, it’s a busy pub with large groups of people drinking and eating. Sunday afternoon it’s a musician in the courtyard.

Early on a Saturday arvo, however, before the reserved (for the evening) tables are all taken, it’s pretty quiet with a few locals having a brew.


For a hotel to not only survive but to thrive when it’s located in a quiet side street, out of site from the main road, says that this local is doing something right.

The 3 Weeds at Rozelle started its life in 1881 as the Rose, Shamrock & Thistle but it was always known as the 3 Weeds. This local icon has a great selection of beers on tap as well as both fine dining and a bistro offering both contemporary and traditional pub food.

Cathedral ceilings, a sandstone fireplace and traditional pub meals… top spot!



The Duck Inn

Posted: June 4, 2017 in Drinking at the local hotel

It can be difficult to identify just what it is about a local pub that makes it a local… this one’s no exception. The Duck Inn , whichever way you look at it, is a fabulous local pub.

Perhaps it’s the friendly staff, or maybe it’s the fact that there are lounges and low tables in the bar area.
Or that there’s dogs at the bar, as well as in the beer garden at the back where the fire’s burning.
That it’s in a very small side street, I think, goes a long way to giving it that local feel. You have to know it’s there to trip over this local, which is just across the road from the Seymour Centre near Sydney University.

Go there 🙂 You won’t be disappointed!

The Swanson Hotel holds only good  memories for us… our nephew was married there a couple of years ago.

Located a bit away from Erko shops and strip, just near Erskinville Oval, comfortable downstairs bars with an open fire on a cold day, upstairs dining and footpath tables.

Good food menu, our trio of tapas went down very nicely! Lovely spot.