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The Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre

  • Bars
  • Marrickville
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
  1. Lucky Prawns Bistro
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  2. San choy bao
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  3. San choy bao
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  4. Schooner of beer
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  5. Chinese food
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  6. Lucky Prawns Bistro
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  7. Poster of Bob Hawke
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  8. Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  9. The pool room
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  10. The pool room
    Photograph: Katje Ford
  11. The pool room
    Photograph: Katje Ford

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

Hawke’s Brewing Company pays tribute to its founder while delivering its love letter to Australiana

Suspend your reality for a moment. Imagine it's 1980s Australia and you're a True Blue Bruce. This is truly your time. On the cusp of its five-year birthday, Hawke's Brewing Company, the brewery co-founded by former prime minister Bob Hawke, has thrown open the doors of a flagship venue, housed inside its newly built 2,100 square-metre brewery in Marrickville.

Dubbed the Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre in honour of the company’s late namesake, the club is a cathedralesque space adorned with enormous brew tanks, museum-like pool rooms, and a nostalgic RLS-style Australian-Chinese bistro from one of Sydney's top chefs.

The venue is delivering a full service bar, fronted by ten taps pouring Hawke’s core range beers, plus a rotation of new “One Hit Wonder” limited release styles. The addition of the venue’s Chinese-Australian bistro rounds out the Leisure Centre’s quintessential '80s-pub and community club experience. If your mind is immediately cast back to your childhood of sizzling black bean steak, honey prawns, san choy bao and deep-fried ice cream – in this case, an equally '80s-tastic Vienetta – you're spot on.

Developed by chef Nic Wong (Cho Cho San, CicciaBella), the restaurant, the Lucky Prawn, is serving up RSL classics made for a 2022 palate. Everything is designed to be shared across a Lazy Susan, with tank-fresh beers to wash it all down. If you want the true '80s Australiana experience though, bust out the golden microphone, aka Crown Lager, available for a lofty $14 a pop.

The multi-room venue was first proposed back in 2016, and was overseen as a pet project for the former prime minister, whose left-leaning policies (and record-breaking ability to smash a yard-glass in 11 seconds flat) earned him a space in Australian folklore as much as its political history. So dear was the project to Hawke's heart that the venue's pool room has been recreated so that we, the adoring public, can get a glimpse into the man, the myth, the legend's inner sanctum.

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Written by
Elizabeth McDonald


Sydney St
Opening hours:
Wed noon-11pm; Thu-Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10pm

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A Very Kelly Christmas x Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre

  • Food and drink

STOP EVERYTHING: Gravy Day has come early this year! Australia's favourite troubadour Paul Kelly is joining festive forces with the legends at the Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre for a one-off Christmas special on December 19 at the Marrickville brewery. This is your chance to belt out Kelly's questionable gravy recipe with the man himself, some very special guests, as well as a climate-focus panel, ‘Undo the Dumb Things’, presented by Groundswell. A few frothies and a succulent Chinese meal courtesy of the Hawke's crew doesn't hurt at all. Make sure to peep the giant golden prawn while you're there. As if it couldn't be a more Aussie Christmas, MC duties will be handled by the Betoota Advocate gang so you know there will be laughter with a side of seasonal cheer and climate-change awareness. Kelly approached the venue after learning that his name was in a list of legendary Australians scribed on a wooden honour board at the bar, titled ‘Who We Would Like to Have a Beer With’. The list is led by former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, who co-founded the company after two homesick Australians approached their “fantasy beer mate” to launch Hawke’s Brewing Co. in 2017. Hawke gave his endorsement to the company on the condition that his royalties be donated to Landcare Australia, the environmental not-for-profit Hawke helped establish in 1989. Access to tickets will be exclusively via ballot, which you can enter after you purchase some cute Paul Kelly merch. How bloody good is that? Th

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