East Sydney Hotel

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East Sydney Hotel

A cool old pub that features no pokies and a resident dog drinking beer out of an ashtray

They don’t get much more old school than the East Sydney Hotel. This slightly battered public house on Crown Street corner is free from themes, pokies, and pretensions. They stick to the traditional offering of draught beer by the fireplace and some weekly live tunes for a little entertainment.

There’s no stage but the Sunday jazz outfit and the Wednesday night bands just wedge into the corner of the room underneath the wall of faded saloon mirrors pasted with old liquor advertising. Everyone else finds a seat where the can or helps prop up the bar and let their toes keep time while polishing off a clean, crisp Guinness, Reschs, VB or Coopers.

A few modern touches can be seen in Monteiths and two dedicated Modus Operandi Brewing taps having found space at the bar, but they keep it to a minimum – no sliders here. You can book a spot in the sweet little dining room that looks like a country teahouse, but we prefer simple bar food round in the public bar.

By: Emily Lloyd-Tait


Venue name: East Sydney Hotel
Address: Cnr Crown & Cathedral
Opening hours: Sun-Tue 11.30am-midnight; Wed, Thu 11.30am-1am; Fri, Sat 11.30am-3am
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