Hotel Hollywood

Bars, Pubs Surry Hills
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Hotel Hollywood

The first lady of Sydney pubs still maintains its sheen, despite signs of wear

The Hotel Hollywood has seen better days. The carpet is a psychedelic mix of colourful swirls on a dark background, designed to mask decades of rambunctious boozing. The wood panelling is chipped and the framed posters are from an age when Hollywood sirens were photographed in black and white, Elvis was breaking hearts and the Melbourne Olympics would have been trending, had hashtags existed. During the week it’s a quiet place to get a schooner of Coopers Green or a stubby of Crown Lager while relaxed electro mixes play at a quiet pulse and the mirror ball keeps spinning. If you are after a glass of wine they’ll rattle off the varieties they have behind the bar – there’s no real list to speak of. What more can you ask? Well maybe a two-hour happy hour – 5-7pm Monday to Saturday. Once the Tio’s crowd get kicked out at midnight on weekends the Hollywood is there to catch the stragglers and keep the good times rolling. It’s full to bursting on a Friday and Saturday night – it’s easy to see where some of the old girl’s battle scars came from. The Hollywood suffers from the normal complaints of old age - the stools are a bit wobbly on their feet and it can smell a bit funny – but we’ve always been told to respect out elders, and when it comes to beers and a good time in Sydney, this old dame is an old hand.

By: Emily Lloyd-Tait

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Venue name: Hotel Hollywood
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Address: 2 Foster St
Surry Hills
2010
Opening hours: Tue, Wed noon-midnight; Thu, Fri noon-3am; Sat 4pm-3am; Sun 4-10pm

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