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Where to play two-up on ANZAC Day in Sydney

It’s the only day of the year you can legally bet on the flipping of two coins. Here’s where to get your annual two-up fix this ANZAC Day

We're not sure how people in other countries honour their service people and the sacrifices they make as members of our armed forces, but here in Australia we do it by betting on the flipping of two coins, drinking beers and eating something barbecued - all of this preferably happening after attending a memorial service earlier that day. We also celebrate with biscuits. That's just how we do it, so to get involved we've rounded up the best spots for a rowdy game of two-up ion ANZAC Day.

The Argyle

Make sure to get a good footing on the courtyard cobblestones as the Argyle’s rounds for two-up go from 1pm. The Rocks club will also have a barbecue and live music most of the day.

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The Rocks

The Australian Heritage Hotel

If you're playing two-up in the city and you're not on the Glenmore's roof, then you're probably amongst the crowds in the blocked off street behind the Australian. Super keen beans and Dawn Service attendees can hit up their 6am barbecue too.

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The Rocks

Fortune of War

Arrive early for a hot breakfast starting at 6am with the strong cohort of service people who frequent this historic pub each year. Bar food starts at 11am and Dan Sharkey will be providing the live music from 2pm.

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The Rocks

Glenmore Hotel

From noon onwards, the Glenmore will once again be hosting some of the city’s busiest two-up games at the Rocks. Show up early as queues to get in will pile up.

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The Rocks

Harts Pub

The historic old boozer at the top of a hill in the CBD will be hosting two-up all day and pouring a super fresh beer brewed exclusively for ANZAC Day using Australian and NZ hops.

 

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The Rocks

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

This slick inner-city oyster bar gets made over in fatigues on ANZAC Day when a solid military contingent descent on the venue from early on for sausage sambos, Tooheys New and two-up from noon.

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The Rocks

The Beresford Hotel

Doors open at 10am, and competition is stiff for a spot around the two-up ring that starts at 1pm. There’s also a barbecue out in the beer garden and happy hours form 6-8pm to keep things chugging along nicely.

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Surry Hills

Clock Hotel

The Clock opens up their courtyard two-up arena at 1pm on ANZAC Day. Plus five dollar beer never tasted so good as when fifty cents from every glass goes to Legacy, a charity that assists families of service people experiencing financial difficulties after their death.

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Surry Hills

Dove and Olive

The Dove and Olive are getting into the ANZAC spirit this year with themed food menu, $5 beer and cider specials, plus $5 VB tinnies and two-up from 1pm. Plus this year you can be in the running to win a trip for you and three mates to the 4 Pines Brewery up on Sydney's North Shore.

 

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Surry Hills

The Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen

This Chippendale local is famous for ANZAC revelry that spills onto the quiet backstreets and this year includes cheap tinnies and long necks and a barbecue. And, of course, two-up from noon to sundown.

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Chippendale

Duke of Gloucester Hotel

This vast Randwick hotel has undergone a massive refurb, including the installation of no less than 54 beer taps, and they’ll be hosting two-up and beer and cider specials for the day from noon. They’ll also have an Aussie and New Zealand based menu and barbecue to keep everyone fueled all day long.

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Randwick

Keg and Brew

The Keg and Brew is doing the same deal as sister hotel the Dove and Olive, but with a late night licence until 3am.

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Surry Hills

The Light Brigade Hotel

11am is the golden hour when two-up kicks off at the Light Brigade Hotel, and there'll be $4 VB schooners between 10am and noon if you need a little Dutch courage before betting on the flipping of two coins. 

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Woollahra

North Bondi RSL

This beachfront RSL caters to service people for the dawn service and subsequent breakfast, but there’s usually a window at 11am for non-military people to get into the North Bondi RSL before it hits capacity again for two-up at 2pm.

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Bondi North

The Sheaf

The massive beer garden at this Double Bay pub will be the site of a massive two-up ring sometime around 10am and continue until 4pm. Live music will start when the game ends but food specials are on all day. 

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Double Bay

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

The very first pub inside South Head is commemorating ANZAC Day with a harbour side two-up ring from noon, live bagpipes and DJs playing Aussie anthems.

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24/7 Sports Bar

There's going to be two-up at the Star from 11am to 7pm. Former rugby player Brian Fletcher will drop by to get the crowd amped for the ANZAC Day clash between the Dragons and the Roosters at 4, which you can watch on the giant LED screens at 4pm, followed by free entertainment at Rock Lily from 6pm.

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Darling Harbour

The Balmain Hotel

This colourful Balmain local will be hosting 2-up from noon, but you can grab a top spot when they open the doors at 10am. It gets busy so it's not a bad idea.

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Balmain

The Bank Hotel

Everyone’s favourite late night venue in the heart of Newtown is letting their rainbow flag fly proudly when they host their annual 2-Up tournament on ANZAC Day, kicking off at 11am, accompanied by an Aussie barbecue.

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Newtown

Dick's Hotel

Two great pubs join forces on ANZAC Day when Dick's and the Exchange cordon off part of the street from 11am to pack in all the ANZAC Day visitors between their two respective two-up rings. It gets crazy full so best to pick a side and stick to it.

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Balmain

Exchange Hotel Balmain

In the spirit of team work on ANZAC Day you've got Dick's on one side and the Exchange on the other, and a whole lot of people packed in between them for some hard fought two-up action.

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Balmain

The Henson

Marrickville’s most family-friendly pub is hosting ANZAC Day festivities with two-up after noon in the front bar.

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Marrickville

The Oxford Tavern

Expect 2-up and Black Betty barbecue at the Oxford Tavern, where there'll be DJs spinning battler classics and $5 tinnies to keep your thirst at bay.

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Petersham

Public House Petersham

This new look local will be setting up a two-up ring in the back parking lot and hosting live music and food specials for the day

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Petersham

West Village

Petersham's newest local is going all out on ANZAC Day with doors opening at 10am so that you can get your hands on a 'Gunfire' breakfast of coffee with a shot of spiced rum and a brekkie roll. Stick around for the two-up hosted by Young Henrys from noon and then refuel with an enormous Aussie burger complete with fried egg, pineapple, bacon, beetroot, caramelised onion, beef patty and tomato.

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Petersham

The Welcome Hotel

There’s not a heap of room to spare at the Welcome so you’ll want to be quick off the mark to get a spot for two-up at 1pm. Enjoy five dollar cans of ale and cider all day.  

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The Collaroy Hotel

Two-up will commence at 11am at this beachfront pub so that you can feel the sea breeze in your hair while you flip the coins.

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Collaroy

Manly Wharf Hotel

The Manly Wharf Hotel are gearing up for a massive ANZAC Day on the harbour with two-up out on the wharf from noon to sundown and 15 dollar jugs of beer all day. DJ's keep the party going into the evening starting at 5pm.

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Manly

The Lord Raglan

In addition to a special, one-off ANZAC Day craft beer, the SPinners Ale made with Aussie and Kiwi hops, this resurrected pub will be hosting two-up on your public holiday with a $20 beer and burger special.

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Alexandria

Regent Hotel

Two-up kicks off after midday and out in the beer garden they’ll be hosting a barbecue for hungry gamblers.

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Kingsford

Rocks Brewery and Bar

Expect banter, burgers and a special ANZAC Day brew to accompany your two-up adventures at the Rocks Brewery and Bar in Alexandria.

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Alexandria

Taren Point Hotel

This Shire hotel gets hit with crowds of around 400 each year for their ANZAC Day celebrations, which includes a massive two-up ring in the carpark starting at 11am, plus DJs and live music from 2-7pm

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