League and lager by the seaside
The golden walls of the Harbord Hilton rise up behind Freshwater Beach like an enchanted sandcastle for fans of cold lager and the Manly Sea Eagles. It’s a bright and breezy spot only a short stroll back from the waterline and has thus far resisted the urge to undergo some sort of Hampton’s-inspired transformation. Touch wood. This is League country so there are outdoor TVs in the two sheltered courtyards, plus multiple screens indoors servicing every possible vantage point. Being a beachside haunt means this old watering hole doesn’t go in for dark corners. Afternoon sun streams in the windows, glinting off framed caricatures, sporting memorabilia and freshly poured glasses of VB and Reschs. Lighter brews like Pure Blonde and Peroni not quite up to the job? They also pour Tooheys Old and Old Kent Brown. There’s one hell of a happy hour with four-dollar schooners until 7pm weekdays, meat raffles on Wednesdays, live music Fridays through Sundays and a footy tipping competition. Plus up the back there are pool tables, Pacman, Big Buck Hunter and a Daytona machine – the only drink driving you should ever do. They serve a King Island surf and turf and oysters in the dining room, but the bar is the place for the delicious eight-dollar roast rolls. A toasted burger roll comes with tender pieces of roast lamb and gravy plus a side of chips – add them together for the mother of all chip butties.
|Venue name:||Harbord Beach Hotel|
29 Moore Rd
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-midnight|