You’re going to want to love your sport if you’re drinking here. And many do, judging by the Wallabies memorabilia on the walls and the footy on both plasma screens (one on each end of the bar, so you won’t miss a minute). Can you avoid it? Yes, provided you’re happy to tuck away in the library and games nook (there’s Connect Four!) or hunker down over a $12 steak. Which, by the way, is actually very good – a tender, juicy medium-rare sirloin with a little jug of pepper sauce, a pile of fries and a salad of bitter greens and thinly sliced shallot. Vegetarians have the choice of making a meal of side dishes – love those green beans with lemon oil – r taking a punt on the pumpkin tortellini. Though it’s a surprisingly exxy choice at $26 a serve. Drinks-wise, craft fans are set with Vale Ale’s crisp and slightly bitter pale, or a Little Creatures bright ale. We’d love to see a few more classic pours (where’s the Reschs?) at this classic pub, or at least a little more tap selection. But then, what they do pour, they pour well. The Aussie Youth is definitely the most attractive and welcoming pub in the area with its well-trodden-on floorboards and sturdy old bar. Their lines are clean, their glasses are cold and their staff are friendly. That’s entertainment.
|Venue name:||Australian Youth Hotel|
63 Bay St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10pm|