A legendary backstreets pub with a rich history, colourful locals, classic British pub grub, natural wine and craft beers aplenty
Under the slowly expanding banner of International Worldwide, pub revamp wizards Jaime Wirth and Michael Delany (the Duke of Enmore, the George) have waved their proverbial magic wand over one of Wolloomooloo’s most beloved old-school boozers.
Careful not to piss off the locals and keep the pub’s sense of history alive, they haven’t done a whole lot to the place: some new carpeting downstairs, a little tidy up on level one to make it more comfortable for groups and functions, and a fresh lick of paint and some fresh furniture in the courtyard. And yes, the Old Fitz Theatre remains firmly intact for those who like their dinner with a show.
Nic Hill is on the pans, which is great news for those who come hungry, as the man boasts some impressive names on his CV (Quay and Sepia, for starters). The theme here is elevated traditional British pub cookery, so expect to see gussied-up versions of some greatest hits: Scotch eggs, fish and chips, terrines, pies, plenty of nose-to-tail action, and even a chip butty.
Joel Amos, the man behind online, natty wine slinging site DRNKS is in charge of the vino, and the 20-odd taps do well to keep everyone happy, pouring stalwarts and future stars in equal measure. Who says you can't teach an Old Fitz some new tricks?
|Venue name:||The Old Fitzroy Hotel|
129 Dowling St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun 11am-10pm|