The time has come, once again, to pay our respects for those who fought for our freedoms.
Following silent contemplations and commemorations at various landmarks around Sydney, there is only one way to end ANZAC Day, and that is heading to a nearby watering hole for a game of two-up, a round of drinks and plenty of salutations to all the soldiers who gave the western world its freedoms. Lest we forget.
The Aussie and The Glenmore
The Rocks will be going off on April 25, when The Australian Heritage Hotel and The Glenmore Hotel team up for a wild afternoon. From 7am, The Australian Heritage Hotel welcomes veterans, family and friends with a hearty diggers breakfast of bacon and egg rolls for $9.50. Then, Cumberland Street is taken over and becomes the stage for a special performance by The Scots Marching Band while Gloucester Street turns into one of the largest two-up arenas in Sydney from 12pm. Nearby at The Glenmore’s rooftop bar is live music from 2pm-5pm with plenty of drinks and bar bites as you overlook Sydney’s iconic harbour.
Manly Wharf Hotel
Commemorate our diggers this ANZAC Day at ‘Wharfy’, as the locals call it. The jetty will transform into a serious two-up stage with mega jugs of James Squire One Fifty Lashes available for $25. Hit the dance floor from 5pm with tunes from Sydney’s favourite local DJs for an evening by the water.
Celebrate your freedoms at inner west’s favourite local, The Royal in Leichhardt. There’s two-up in the main bar from 1pm, where patrons can unleash their competitive sides and then party into the night with live music from 6.30pm. It’s not ANZAC Day without footy, with both NRL and AFL games played loud and live. For the trivia regulars, don’t fret, just head up to the Botanical Bar where the 1kg of hot wings and a jug of beer is still being served at just $25. And its ladies night! With any booking of six or more ladies, receive a complimentary bottle of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge on arrival.
Just outside the city centre is The Tudor, a popular watering hole for Redfern locals. With two-up in the front bar from 12pm and plenty of food and drink specials, it’s a perfect spot for your post-ANZAC commemorations. Drink up $5 VB tinnies all day, soak up the AFL and NRL footy and say cheers to our brave servicemen and women.
Whether you’re nearby or feel like a leisurely drive away from the city centre, The Vicar in Dural is another perfect spot to be for ANZAC Day. Open from 10am, this prominent bar and eatery will share the best in food and drink for your yearning tastebuds. Head to the North Side which boasts its own dedicated Sports Bar and outdoor terrace with long lounge seating. There’s also The Brisket Bar with wood burning and the smell of smoked meat designed to be eaten standing up or the Wakefield’s Dining Restaurant with a menu inspired to share. DJs and artists are playing from 12pm, with pop-up tinnies bar offering drinks from just $6.
Soultrap Bar will be open from 10am this Anzac Day. Soultrap is owned and operated by two of Australia’s current serving Navy members, Travis Goddard and Elliot Cryer as their side hustle. Following the march through the CBD, join them for two-up, cocktails and super cheap beers. The underground bar will also be belting out some Aussie Bangers until late.
Affectionately called the ‘Paddo Inn’, this cruisy pub will bring out the best of Australian culture to honour and commemorate the ANZACs. The front bar will be open from 11am on ANZAC Day, and from midday, the lively neighbourhood pub will convert its restaurant into a giant two-up ring, complete with a whole bar dedicated to tinnies and stubbies. The food menu will share some Aussie food classics like the Aussie burger (laden with slices of beetroot and pineapple), a lamb pie, potato scallops and a decadent ANZAC biscuit ice-cream sandwich to finish. In the front bar, take a break with groovy DJs, screens airing the annual ANZAC Day Test and an ice-cold beer that gives back, with $1 from every 4 Pines sold on the day being donated to Legacy.
North Bondi Fish
North Bondi Fish has you covered for all your caffeine and breakfast needs to re-energise after the Bondi Dawn Service. Head chef Jesse McTavish will be opening the NBF doors bright and early this Thursday 25 April to serve up a special one-off breakfast menu to get you ready for a day of two-up at the pub. Drawing from his Melbourne brunch days cooking at Top Paddock and The Kettle Black, there’ll be Iggy’s sourdough aplenty, chilli scrambled eggs with cured Ora salmon, smashed avo, autumn mushrooms, coconut set chia pudding and, most importantly, a B&E roll. Doors open 7am, bookings essential.
At this once-notorious strip bar, now turned groovy hipster tavern, The Oxford Tavern is bringing you everything necessary to share your respects for our soldiers. First comes the taps, with a showcasing of the best Australian and New Zealand brews, and then comes the obligatory tournament of two-up to take you to sundown. Amongst all this is the masterpiece: a smoker BBQ all day in the pit, plus ANZAC day BBQ plates. Beaut!
The Taphouse is Sydney’s answer to awesome craft beer, mixing perfectly with their ANZAC Day celebrations which includes a rowdy game of two-up. If you’re indecisive with their brew range, go for the beer paddle to help make up your mind, which are $10 all day on April 25. Stuff yourself silly with $15 schnitties and parmies and pace yourself for the two-hour happy hour between 5pm and 7pm.