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Where to play two-up on ANZAC Day in Sydney

Heads or tails 'em up at one of these pub this ANZAC Day

By Time Out editors
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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 dawn service earlier that day. We also celebrate with biscuits. That's just how we do it, so to get around it. We've rounded up the best spots for a rowdy game of two-up in the city on ANZAC Day.

Want more ANZAC Day activities? Check out our guide to April 25 in Sydney.

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Where to play two-up on ANZAC Day in Sydney

at The Australian Heritage Hotel
Photograph: Daniel Boud

1. The Australian Heritage Hotel

Bars The Rocks

Kicks off: Super keen beans and Dawn Service attendees can hit up the diggers breakfast from 7am.

Two-up: The venue turns into one of the largest outdoor two-up arenas in Sydney from noon.

Plus: There's also live music from 11am and a special performance by the Scots Marching Band along Cumberland Street.

2. The Dolphin

Bars Surry Hills

Kicks off: 10am.

Two-up: They are claiming to have the largest two-up ring in Surry Hills.

Plus: They'll be doing a gussied up RSL-inspired menu including their pizzas and a beef rissole sandwich.

 

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3. Glenmore Hotel

Bars The Rocks

Kicks off: 8am.

Two-up: Head back down to the streets for rowdy two-up shenanigans from midday.

Plus: The Rocks is an ANZAC day favourite – this rooftop is a great spot to soak up the action and enjoy the views.

4. The Vic

Bars Marrickville

Kicks off: 10am.

Two-up: From midday.

Plus: They'll be hosting a car park party, complete with tinnie and slushie stations, plus performances by the Dollar Bill Darlings and the Andy Golledge Band.

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5. East Village Hotel

Bars Darlinghurst

Kicks off: Open from 11am.

Two-up: Get sky high with two-up on the roofop from noon.

Plus: They'll be screening both footy codes in the Athletic Club. 

6. Paddo Inn

Bars Restaurants Paddington

Kicks off: Noon

Two-up: The dining room will be turned into a rowdy two-up ring from 2pm.

Plus:  The menus specials for the day include an Aussie beef burger, lamb Pie, potato scallops, and Anzac biscuit ice cream sandwiches. 

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7. Doss House

Bars Cocktail bars The Rocks

Kicks off: Noon

Two-up: Given how tiny the bar is, it'll happen in the courtyard

Plus: Seashanties, Australian beers and live music. 

8. Coogee Pavilion

Bars Coogee

Kicks off: Families are encouraged to visit from 10am-noon, and the rowdier bunch has full rein from 1-5pm.

Two-up: From 1pm, once the kiddies are at a safe distance.

Plus: There's face painting and caricature drawing in the morning.

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9. Dick's Hotel

Bars Balmain

Kicks off: Doors open at 11am.

Two-up: It's a big one in the beer garden.

Plus: This is one of Balmain's most popular spots, so there's a lot of atmosphere on the day. Make sure you get in early if you want a good spot. 

10. Royal Hotel - Paddington

Bars Paddington

Kicks off: Open from 9am.

Two-up: They say they've got the biggest two-up arena in the Eastern Suburbs, taking place in the adjoining laneway.

Plus: There will be live music from around 7pm. 

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11. Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Bars Pubs Watsons Bay

Kicks off: 11am

Two-up: They are staking the claim of having the largest two-up ring in the Eastern Suburbs and will be flipping from noon. 

Plus: Dance to DJs playing either side of a performance by the Police Pipe Band. 

12. The Newport

Bars Pubs Newport

Kicks off: Get cracking with bacon and egg rolls from 9am.

Two-up: Get flipping from 1pm.

Plus: There's live entertainment from noon plus ANZAC biscuits available throughout the day. All service men and women get their first drink on the house. 

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13. Public House Petersham

Bars Pubs Petersham

Kicks off: The gates open at 11am.

Two-up: Start your heckling in the car park at noon.

Plus: There'll be a big barbecue with veggo and vegan options, plus tinnie stalls from five local breweries and a live set by the Van Demons

14. The Argyle

Bars The Rocks

Kicks off: There will be a barbecue breakfast from 8am.

Two-up: The cobble stone lined courtyard will transform to a giant two-up arena from 1-3pm.

Plus: Entertainment kicks off from 11am with live band Gang of Brothers and DJs as the day and night wears on.

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15. The Woollahra Hotel

Bars Woollahra

Kicks off: 10am.

Two-up: There's a focused circle out on terrace.

Plus: The AFL and NRL will be screening live in the lounge when you need a break.

16. Manly Wharf Hotel

Bars Manly

Kicks off: 11.30am.

Two-up: Ever played two-up on a wharf jetty? Here you can do just that. 

Plus: Celebrate two-up wins or commiserate over losses on the dancefloor with DJs from 5pm. They're also pouring something they're calling 'mega jugs' of One fifty Lashes beers for $25.

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17. The Oxford Tavern

Bars Petersham

Kicks off: Noon-sundown

Two-up: Flip those coins in the new-look Oxford Tavern in between bouts of barbecue meats.

Plus: AUS vs NZ brewery tap showcaseand smoker barbecue plates. 

18. The Taphouse

Bars Darlinghurst

Kicks off: 9am.

Two-up: Noon to sundown, so get betting while the sun shines.

Plus: $10 paddles all day, $15 parmys, and happy hour from 5pm until 7pm.

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19. The Beresford Hotel

Bars Surry Hills

 

Kicks off: Noon.

Two-up: Forget a salty sailor and come for two-up hosted by drag queen Maxi Shields from 2pm.

Plus: DJs are on deck to keep the party boiling along.

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21. Bondi Beach Public Bar

Bars Pub dining Bondi Beach

Kicks off: They'll swing open the doors at midday.

Two-up: This relative newcomer will host a two-up ring soundtracked by an all Australian playlist. 

Plus: They'll be whipping up a steak sambo speical for the day

22. Harpoon Harry

Bars Surry Hills

Kicks off: 10am.

Two-up: From just before midday until sunset.

Plus: Expect DJs later on in the set, a special ANZAC burger, and a place to send your dontations to Legacy.

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23. Keg and Brew

Bars Surry Hills

Kicks off: 10am.

Two-up: They start calling 'em from noon.

Plus: Enjoy beer and wine deals while you catch a game of footy.

24. Erskineville Hotel

Bars Erskineville

Kicks off: 11am.

Two-up: You'll find an indoor two-up hay bale ring spinning from midday.

Plus: $2 from every jug of VB will be donated to Legacy.

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25. The Royal - Leichhardt

Bars Leichhardt

Kicks off: Noon.

Two-up: Unleash your competitive side in the main bar from 1pm. 

Plus: Trivia in the botanical bar with a food special starring a kilo of hot wings and a jug of beer for $25. Cap off the evening with live music from 6.30pm.

26. Cargo

Bars Darling Harbour

Kicks off: Ready and raring to go with brekky from 8am – there's a free bacon and egg roll in it for service men and women.

Two-up: Enjoy harbour views while you filp.

Plus: An assortment of DJs, live entertainment and drink specials that they're keeping close to their chests. 

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27. Kings Cross Hotel

Bars Potts Point

Kicks off: Bright and early from 9am.

Two-up: They reckon they've got the biggest two-up ring in the Cross flipping from around midday.

Plus: They'll be raising money for Legacy all day and all service men and women will be sipping their first drinks on the house.

28. The Tudor Redfern

Bars Redfern

Kicks off: Midday.

Two-up: Heads 'em up in the front bar area from noon.

Plus: There will be $5 VB tinnies all day and food specials to keep you fit for that tenth round of two-up.

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Two up double bay
Photograph: Sharp Eye

29. The Royal Oak

Bars Pubs Double Bay

Kicks off: From 9am with bacon and egg rolls at the ready.

Two-up: Make your calls on the deck. 

Plus: Hear the last post at sundown.

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Bowl of food at Spice I am
Bowl of food at Spice I am
Photograph: Anna Kucera

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