This sprawling Killara pub is as big as it is bustling: there’s the Highway bar in the front, the Portico restaurant and terrace out the back and dining, heritage, and atrium rooms, which are hotspots for birthdays and reunions for the alumni from the many schools on the North Shore. Wednesday nights are for the student crowds, lured by cheap drinks ($6 super fruity cocktails for all!) DJs and jaffles. Most other evenings families and locals are stopping in for $10 schnitties on Tuesdays, kids-eat-free Saturdays and the hugely popular Thursday locals night with $6 pints and $3 sliders. The trivia and open-mic nights also pull a decent crowd. The aptly titled Highway Bar section is the heart of the hotel. The Pacific Highway’s drivers zip past the open beer garden, and even though you’re metres away from a motorway, it still manages to feel relaxing. Order a Byron Bay pale larger or a James Squire pale ale on tap and let the sounds of compression brakes in the distance soothe you. They pride themselves on their burgers here. You won’t regret the juicy beef number with cheddar, Worcestershire relish and pickles packed on top, but you can always supersize it with an extra patty, candied bacon or blue cheese if comically large food is your thing. Wednesday nights may be the Greengate's big drawcard for a younger set, but it’s the friendly service and good vibes that keeps locals coming back long after they leave university.
|Venue name:||Greengate Hotel|
655a Pacific Hwy
|Opening hours:||Mon, Tue 11am-11pm; Wed-Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-10pm|