Matty is in search of the best Aussie Pub, the best ale and the best atmosphere and here is what he has found!
What the Australian is renowned for are its gourmet Aussie pizzas that have toppings such as crocodile, emu and kangaroo. There chicken tandoori pizza is a winner for me, it gets my pick hands down! The Bistro also offers a modern menu of salads, soups & pies, also vegetarian choice of pizzas. Open for lunch & dinner 7 days a week.
Outdoor seating is sensational on a sunny day, even better when you have a choice of 80 Australian beers to choose from! All sorts visit this true blue Aussie haunt at lunch… from office workers, travellers, bridge climbers plus the young and hip.
It has enormous gas heaters inside keep it warm and cosy in the winter and it is the site of the first European settlement in Australia. In 1788 the First Fleet pitched their tents on the rocky outcrop along the cove’s western shore.
The Australian was built in 1913, its license has been in continual use since the early 1800s. The roof top terrace can be hired with views of the Rocks (glimpse of Opera House and Bridge), it conveniently has its own bar & toilet, holds a gathering of up to 24 people.
Winner of Best Pub style accommodation in the AHA Awards for Excellence 2003 is the perfect base so you can explore the wonders of the Rocks & the Sydney area… 2 twin & 8 double/queen bedrooms.
Includes Bed & Breakfast accommodation featuring:
Charming antique decorated bedrooms
Queen, doubles or twin beds
Complimentary continental breakfast
Elegant parlour with TV, video, tea and coffee making facilities
Traditional bathrooms with shared facilities
Bistro open for lunch and dinner all week
Roof 'terrace with a view' of Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge
Only a stroll to The Rocks shopping, catch a ferry from Circular Quay, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, enjoy a concert at the Opera House or climb the Harbour Bridge
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
The Lord Nelson was established in 1841, its Sydney’s oldest standing pub!
It is Sydney’s first and only boutique brewery with the brewery located at the rear of the bar. The hotel brews 6 award winning ales in-house: Quayle Ale, Trafalgar Pale Ale, Victory Bitter, Three Sheets, Olde Admiral, Nelson's Blood.
The Brasserie on the first floor, has an early 1800’s architecture and convivial atmosphere with the walls exposed with quarried sandstone.
it also has a private room for a function or conference of up to 14 people. Accommodation at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel offers 9 charming air-conditioned rooms, individual charm to the existing colonial feel.
Old Fitzroy Hotel
Live theatre and famous laksa dishes that are regarded as the cheapest and best in Sydney is what you will find at the Old Fitzroy Hotel. A small, close knit kitchen of about 5 Asians, cook up a huge selection of delicious meals.
It is a cosy, old fashioned pub hidden away in the leafy streets of Woolloomooloo, very close to the centre of Sydney, founded over a century ago.
There are two bars - Front bar opens onto the street allowing indoor and outdoor seating (which is very recognisable to everyone). In the evenings the tables are candlelit and the open fire inside is raging.
The newly renovated bar upstairs is very funky and groovy, has a comfy lounge feel to it and is no smoking. Also 2 pool tables and a juke box.
Live Theatre - The Old Fitz theatre has catered for over 60,000 punters and housed 86 shows. The theatre is TINY, an intimate environment, nothing fancy, kinda got that grunge/independent feel to it, but receives QUALITY reviews about the standard of theatre it puts on. The theatre has 60 seats and has a small stage (8m wide, 4m deep) and each year the Old Fitz hosts 11 main stage productions and the competition to fill these slots is fierce as this is about as good as independent theatre gets.
The audience is a unique mix of theatre aficionados, hungry young theatre professionals, celebrities, fabulous nobodies and anyone who wants fresh, engaging, edgy theatre with big or soon to be big names that any budget can afford.
By supporting this theatre you are helping young Aussie performers, writers, designers, technicians and directors develop. On a general night, you arrive about 1 hour before the show, order your laksa, grab a beer from the bar and make yourself comfortable. The bell then rings through the bar, signalling the theatre doors are open.