The place to be for balcony beers on Crown Street
The Clock is an institution in the Sydney pub scene. This regal two-storey hotel occupies a commanding position on Surry Hills's Crown Street and a well-earned place in the hangover hall of fame for most Sydneysiders who've spent a big night out here. And despite some slight decor adjustments over the years, it remains essentially the same. The Clock aims to be most of the things to most of the people – and it does so commendably. The biggest shift the past couple years has been the addition of the courtyard, which usually ends up full of smokers. It's a lovely spot with hanging ferns and great mood lighting – Sydney is, after all, a city that truly embraces the outdoors – but if you're not prepared to regress to 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 and grab a cocktail or wine from the mostly Australian list at the upstairs bars. It's mostly a beer scene at the downstairs front bar, where you'll find big crowds diving into pizzas and other pub staples like fish and chips and steak. Trends come, trends go. We grow older, and so does the Clock. But the crowds that have kept it one of Sydney's most buoyant pubs for decades? They're forever.
The Whisky Room
A dedicated whisky den in the depths of the Clock.
|Venue name:||Clock Hotel||Contact:|
470 Crown St
|Opening hours:||Pub Mon-Sun 11.30am-midnight, Whisky Room Wed-Sat 5pm-midnight|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Central|