Time Out says
The place to be for balcony beers on Crown Street
The Clock is an institution in the Sydney pub scene. The regal two-storey hotel occupies a commanding position on Surry Hills’ Crown Street and a well-earned place in the hangover hall of fame for most Sydneysiders following a big night out here. And while times change and slight décor adjustments are made over the years, the Clock essentially remains the same. It aims to be most of the things to most of the people and it does so commendably. The biggest shift in the past couple of years has been the addition of the courtyard, which is full of smokers. It might be a lovely spot, with hanging ferns and great mood lighting – and Sydney may be a city that truly embraces the outdoors – but if you’re not prepared to regress to circa 1999, when you’d wake to stinky clothes after a night out, you’ll need to stay indoors or make for the big, wraparound balcony upstairs. You’ll find an extensive collection of clocks in the downstairs front bar, most of which don’t keep good time, as well as big crowds hoeing into pizzas and other pub staples like fish and chips and steak. It’s mostly a beer scene down here, but if you’re looking for cocktails or wine from the mostly Australian list, upstairs is for you. Trends come and go and we grow older, but it seems there will always be a crowd at the Clock.