If the world were about to end, we’d probably do what Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect do right before the Earth’s destruction in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and go to the pub. And we’re not talking just any pub – we’d make tracks to the Courthouse Hotel.
The beautiful thing about this old boozer is that it’s a pub designed to facilitate a good time on your terms. Want to sit up at the bar with a huge plate of fish and chips and watch back-to-back AFL games? This is the best place for it. Prefer to sink your tip money in pinball machines while you annihilate jugs of Stone and Wood Pacific Ale and Young Henrys Newtowner? Right this way.
They’ve even got two separate outdoor areas so that smokers and diners can both enjoy the sunshine, and they let you bring your dog (on a lead) or kid (no lead required, probably).
It’s the little details that count with a pub steak, like the addition of a red wine jus to the sauces menu and splurging on broccolini for the mixed greens, but if you’ve fulfilled your iron quota already, the chicken burger with avo, chimichurri and lemon yoghurt in place of aioli is a good time. Plus, there’s a whole lot more on the menu here for veggos than your average pumpkin salad – praise be for the haloumi burger.
You know how the Courty got so awesome? Practice. They’ve been perfecting the art of the pub session for a really long time now. In fact the only thing that would make it better was if you could just spend more hours here. They’ve figured out how to be welcoming and friendly without being culty and weird; you’ll always run into someone you know on your way to the bar; and unless you time your visit very badly you’ve got good odds on finding a seat.
Heck, it’s even a nice spot for day drinking, especially when you combine it with some trashy Friday morning bingo. And these are only some of the reasons we love the Courty – when it comes to great pubs, the Courthouse set the standard and then never let it drop.