Posts Tagged ‘Sydney’

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.

 

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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.

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.

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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.

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.