The Forresters

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The Forresters

This Surry Hills saloon is still going strong after all these years

This Riley Street staple got a Drink and Dine redux three years ago and still boasts sass, style and good times. Some elements – like the kooky cocktail menu, weekly Black Betty’s Barbecue and Queenies restaurant upstairs – give it more of a bar feel. But the open beer garden, well-worn vinyl couches, sports screenings and weekly specials (from $5 steaks on Mondays to $10 for a kilo of fried chicken on Fridays) keep it firmly in the pub realm.

Food-wise it’s all about bistro favourites with Frankenstein twists – think nacho pizzas, mac and cheese on burgers and meat pie-loaded hot dogs – alongside the originals. Drinks-wise you’ll find plenty of local and imported beers on tap, cheap tinnies and a bunch of fruity cocktails, best shared around in jug form. The Forresters is looking a little more lived in these days – but it's only testament to it being an ongoing Surry Hills favourite.

By: Jordan Kretchmer


Venue name: The Forresters
Address: Cnr Foveaux and Riley St
Surry Hills
Opening hours: Mon-Wed noon-midnight; Thu-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-10pm.
Price: Up to $50
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