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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

Crowd playing two-up at The Australian
By Time Out editors |

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
Bars, Pubs

The Australian Heritage Hotel

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.

Pizza at The Dolphin Hotel
Bars, Pubs

The Dolphin

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.


People drinking with a view of the city
Bars, Pubs

Glenmore Hotel

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.

Artwork at The Vic
Bars, Pubs

The Vic


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.

Rooftop dining at East Village
Bars, Pubs

East Village Hotel


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. 

People sitting inside at The Paddo Inn
Bars, Restaurants

Paddo Inn


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. 

Cheese plate at The Doss House
Bars, Cocktail bars

Doss House

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. 

A couple enjoying a drink whilst overlooking Coogee Beach

Coogee Pavilion


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.

Bars, Pubs

Dick's Hotel


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. 

Royal Hotel Paddington
Bars, Pubs

Royal Hotel - 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. 

People sitting on the balcony overlooking the water and sunset
Bars, Pubs

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

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. 

Customers at The Newport Arms
Bars, Pubs

The 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. 

Pizza at Public House Petersham
Bars, Pubs

Public House 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

Bars, Pubs

The Argyle

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.

The Woollahra Hotel
Bars, Pubs

The Woollahra Hotel


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.

Manly Wharf Hotel
Bars, Pubs

Manly Wharf Hotel


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.

at Oxford Tavern
Bars, Pubs

The Oxford Tavern


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. 

Tablelay of food at Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst
Bars, Craft beer

The Taphouse


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.

Bars, Pubs

The Beresford Hotel

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.

Cocktails at The Terminus Hotel
Bars, Pubs

The Terminus Hotel


Kicks off: Noon.

Two-up: Yep!

Plus: It's the first time the pub will swing open its doors for ANZAC Day in 34 years.

People eating pizza and drinking wine at Bondi Beach Public Bar
Bars, Pub dining

Bondi Beach Public Bar

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

Food and beer at Harpoon Harry
Bars, Pubs

Harpoon Harry

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.

Bars, Craft beer

Keg and Brew

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.

Bars, Pubs

Erskineville Hotel


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.

Chairs on balcony at The Royal Leichhardt
Bars, Pubs

The Royal - 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.

Interior at Cargo (Supplied)
Bars, Pubs


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. 

Kings Cross Hotel
Bars, Pubs

Kings Cross Hotel

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.

Customers eating inside at The Tudor Redfern

The Tudor 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.

Two up double bay
Photograph: Sharp Eye
Bars, Pubs

The Royal Oak

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.

Lost your fat stacks on the flips?

Bowl of food at Spice I am
Photograph: Anna Kucera

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