Posts Tagged ‘Sydney weekends’

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.

 

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Saturday was a beautiful late winter’s Sydney day. Perfect for a walk around the foreshore facing the city.

A great local, trading since 1937, the Kirribilli Hotel, right next to Milsons Point station, has a good range of domestic and imported beers on tap, and plenty of screens for the sports nut.

Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore near Hornsby, the Blue Gum serves a huge area in this, Sydney’s least populated pub area. Only about half a dozen real “pubs” are to be found on this stretch of the Pacific Highway from North Sydney to Hornsby.

Typical pub fare, a popular spot on a weekend evening.

A hilly spot for a walk!

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During the week, the Rag and Famish at North Sydney is a suits lunch pub, but come the weekend, when the CBD is quiet, it caters to the locals.

Quite a bit of history in this old girl, the first hotel to trade in North Sydney in 1860. the pub’s name, Rag & Famish, comes from a slang term for the Army and Navy Club and has been known by this name since 1866.

Great local beers on tap and a wine list with a definite Australian flavour. Throw in an expansive and inviting beer garden with benches, tables, stools and lounges and you have pub where you can sit and drink away the afternoon.

img_8482On the corner of Darling Street since the 1870’s, The London’s colonial era building with its veranda and sandstone walls is reminder of times gone by.
The hotel has very close ties to the Cooper’s Brewery and the site was once part of a Cooper’s Brewery Complex.
Great pub grub and and fine dining with a great selection of beers on tap (including a gluten free option!) and wines.
Very dog friendly, so if the mutt is part of the family, then bring him or her with you. They are always ready to welcome puppies with a fresh bowl of water.
And their little secret? If there are fireworks going off over the Harbour Bridge, then this is the place to watch them 🙂

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.

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

imageThis weekend we finished the link from the Cooks River to the Parramatta River (Sydney Harbour) by riding from the Cave Road shops at South Strathfield (where we finished one day in August) near the end of the Cooks River through Strathfield to Homebush.

The excellent bike path peters out unfortunately and isn’t great all the way through to the Olympic site where we rode in March but still, a lot of paths and quiet streets.

Only a few weeks left to complete the “West of the Bridge” year 🙂
Need to do The Bay Run at Drummoyne/Leichhardt and maybe a bit of Duck Creek near Auburn, or follow the beautiful (!!??) Alexandria Canal to breakfast at The Grounds and we’re done. #timing

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