Pyrmont Bridge Hotel
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Many a sunrise has been viewed from the balcony of this 24-hour watering hole located just outside Sydney's CBD in the Darling Harbour precinct. Spread out over three levels, the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel has done wonders to keep more than just your average punter happy. Gaming facilities? Check. Pool tables? Check. Live music? Check. Top-shelf tequila? Check. The ground-floor island bar and outside smoking area are where the locals hang out, while the tourists and backpackers head upstairs to one of the many hidey-holes, perfect for when you want to ditch your friends after meeting that special someone. If you're hungry for something else, however, their bistro is a well known highlight, featuring daily $7 steak and carb deals, as well as rotating $10 specials. Try the lamb shanks with a shiraz jus, or just good ol' fashioned fish ‘n' chips. They even have a range of substantial bar snacks available 24 hours to help you soak up any excessive booze. The staff are patient and friendly (no doubt due to experience with the tourist crowd), and are happy to let you take your time with the surprisingly decent wine list. They even have a top-of-the-range Enomatic Wine System, a nifty device which keeps wine fresh once opened. It almost seems out of place, when few high end bars have one, but you won't hear any complaints from us, as what's better than a glass of decent red to go with your $7 steak?