Sick & tired of your favourite pubs having their souls ripped out, replaced by endless marble and $19 schooners of passionfruit lager? We take you through the establishments that have yet to be fucked by the man.
Every pub in Sydney seems to have had some kind of trendy, gastronomic, MOD/AUS revamp these days. Pretty rare to find a pub that hasn’t had a reno, doesn’t promote ‘premium blends’ and whose screens aren’t solely dedicated to sport. Whilst these places are few and far between, here are 15 that we know you’ll love. If you’re a single man, f*ck the ‘contemporary dining installation’ scene and connect to ya roots again!
One search of these places on Google and the tag line says it all.
1. Strawberry Hills | Surry Hills
Old-school bar with bistro dishing up modern pub meals until late in an enclosed rooftop courtyard. I.e. – open all night, chilled VB and pokies.
2. The Oak Sports Bar | Double Bay
Long-standing setting for classic pub meals, plus live TV sports and a sprawling terrace area. Boys, ignore their ‘new premium gin bar’ launched this Summer, won’t be for you.
3. Lord Dudley | Woollahra
The Lord Dudley is an Old English Style Pub situated in Paddington Sydney Australia. Great beer, great Restaurant. You heard em, great beer, great restaurant. Sit on the street with ya dog and ya beer and have a yarn.
4. The Nelson | Bondi Junction
Time-tested art deco pub with an oval bar and a beer garden, serving steak and seafood– OATH!
5. Dove and Olive | Surry Hills
Convivial, rustic watering hole serving inventive pub grub and bar snacks, plus beers on tap. Open to all grubs, great and small.
6. The Rugby Club | CBD
The Rugby Club is the place to come to get your Rugby fix! We have the “World Cup Bar” with memorabilia and 4 large screen LCD TVs, an outdoor beer garden with lounges, large LCD screen TVs and heaters. TVs and heaters, what more could one person need in this world.
7. Coogee Bay Hotel Sports Bar | Coogee
Love sport? You will be at home in our Sports Bar. Playing all major games. This place hasn’t got the best rep but doesn’t change a thing about their magnificent sports bar.
8. The Lord Gladstone | Chippendale
Burgers and bar snacks in a cool, corner pub with graffitied walls and live music. Nothing beats ya classic cool, corner pub.
9. Cock N Bull | Bondi Junction
Live bands and DJs 7 nights a week in a traditional Irish bar, plus brekkie, steak and gutsy pies. Cheers to the gutsy pie, yeah?
10. The Royal Exhibition | Surry Hills
The Royal Exhibition Hotel offers a large sports bar perfect for watching all sports live, as well as indoor and alfresco dining areas in additional to an upstairs cocktail terrace and Sydney’s most central beer garden. Ignore the upstairs cocktail terrace and have a cold beer in the beer garden.
11. The Sheaf Front Bar | Double Bay
Opulent pub with a breezy lounge, balcony and a beer garden, plus gourmet grub and live jazz. Opulence aside, the front sports bar / beer garden is too good.
12. Royal Bondi Hotel | Bondi
Within walking distance of Bondi Beach, the Royal hotel Bondi is a traditional Australian Pub. Experience the Aussie ambiance of this cool oasis. Traditional as they come, can’t get more laid back than this royal gem.
13. Glengarry Castle | Redfern
Known as “The People’s Pub”, the Glengarry is a delightful, rough-around-the-edges sort of pub at the border of Redfern, Chippendale & Darlington. Just the kind of rough castle we’re looking for.
14. Mosman RSL | Mosman
Mosman Club was opened in June 1975 after the Club purchased the historic Mosman Kinema Theatre and developed it into the Club. Over the past 40 years the Club has delivered premium Australian beer, day in, day out.