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The Old Fitzroy Hotel

Bars, Pubs Wooloomooloo
4 out of 5 stars
 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
Photograph: Daniel Boud
 (Photograph: Daniel Boud)
Photograph: Daniel Boud

A backstreets pub with a rich history, a laid-back vibe, salty locals and craft beers

In the backstreets of Wolloomooloo the grand old dame of Sydney pubs is still holding court. As a patron of the arts, the old girl hosts regular theatre performances –the resident company is Red Line Theatre Productions – and currently there are two French chefs in the kitchen, complete with curled moustaches, so we’re betting this is one of the only pubs to serve a cheese soufflé.
The soundtracks is the old pub rock singles that you wish you could remember when you’re putting together a playlist and it’s not unheard of for the locals to have a boogie off to one side of the bar. There’s some nice craft action on tap with Nomad and Badlands, Guinness for strength and Asahi for something clean and crisp.
Or if you fancy a glass of plonk, the friendly staff here may not be wine experts, but they do know about the wine in their own fridges and can steer you to something you’ll like. She may be old, and a bit rough around the edges but to her many fans the Old Fitz is a great beauty that we hope never changes.

By: Dee Jefferson


Venue name: The Old Fitzroy Hotel
Address: 129 Dowling St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat noon-midnight; Sun 3-10pm
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