Prime position in Sydney pub folklore couldn't save rock’n’roll dive the Lansdowne Hotel from shuttering in 2015. But Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham (the duo behind Mary's and the Unicorn) could, raising the dead just two years on and proving some heroes swap capes for flanno.
There's a lot that goes into making great pub – from well poured beers, to a great trivia night. They need to furnish you with an excellent counter meal, and a game of darts or pool doesn't go astray. In the cooler months we love a good fireplace and the rest of the year (or a sunny winter's day) it's all about having a welcoming beer garden. There are a lot of rock-solid pubs in this city, and these are the pick of the bunch.