Posts Tagged ‘Hotel’

We deliberately sought out a dog friendly pub somewhere near the water this weekend as Sydney was set to experience a beautiful (record breaking) 26 degree winter’s day.

Dick’s is an iconic Balmain hotel, well known to Swans fans as a designated fan hotel showing every Swans game live. A very suburban hotel opposite The Exchange in Beattie St, it has a really clever canvas sound shell over the dog-friendly beer garden that contains the noise and keeps the neighbours happy.

A good range of beers and ciders on tap in the various bars.

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 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.

What a surprise to find, hidden from view, a quiet beer garden at the back of the the Horse and Jockey on busy Parramatta Road at Homebush.

We enjoyed a beer (Wild Yak Pacific Ale) and a NZ Sav Blanc (“South Island”) on a glorious Good Friday afternoon.

This part of Sydney – Homebush/Flemington/Strathfield – is extremely multicultural, so no surprise to find all of the shops open in the local strip shopping on this traditional public holiday; not just an Asian grocer but the supermarket, cafes and chemist.
Must remember this when we really need something on a (Christian) public holiday.

Beautifully situated above Woolwich Dock, the Woolwich Pier Hotel is right at the end of the peninsula at Woolwich, near Hunters Hill. With views to the Bridge and Harbour, it’s a favourite of locals and visitors alike.

The Woolwich has a beautiful balcony as well as beer gardens that afford private areas for small groups to sit and enjoy a drink.

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.

The Dry Dock Hotel is the oldest licensed hotel in Balmain in Sydney’s inner west. It’s built on land originally granted to the surgeon Dr William Balmain made in 1800 by Governor John Hunter.

This heritage-listed hotel opened in 1857 and was built to serve the shipbuilding and associated industries of the local area

imageMort’s Dock, from which the pub takes its name, is a former dry dock, slipway, and shipyard. It was the first dry dock in Australia and opened in 1855. A plaque near the dock commemorates the corvettes that were built for WWII there before it closed in 1959.

img_8436A local hotel? We think so… it’s  tucked away, surrounded by housing, accessible only via very narrow, winding streets, and it has a lending library tucked away in the corner for the regulars.

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