There’s a lot happening around Sydney this ANZAC Day so we’ve put together a guide of the top five places to drink away your Friday and remember our diggers. From Double Bay to the Rocks and lots in between, there’s something for everyone.
1. The Cottage Bar and Kitchen
The Cottage in Balmain is the wine bar that feels like Grandma’s house, only with significantly better drinks. It’s open this ANZAC Day with a special live performance by modern, soulful and fresh band ‘The Silver Lining’ featuring Dax Golding. Music will kick off at 12.30pm in the outside courtyard, whilst inside the new Autumn menu will be ready for you to try. Fancy a little roasted cauliflower with pulled lamb shoulder, or maybe Brussel sprouts sautéed with pancetta and nuts? Accompanied by a brand new cocktail menu including the Balmain Sling, the White Chocolate & Chai Martini and many more.
The Cottage, 342 Darling St, Balmain
2. The Australian Heritage Hotel
Get your Aussie spirit on at the Heritage, where you’ll find Sydney’s biggest and most exciting outdoor 2-up arena this ANZAC Day. Food stalls and an all day BBQ are taking over the whole of Gloucester Street from 8am to serve a cold beer and a hearty breakfast to Dawn Service-goers. The Scots Old Boys Pipe Band will be on hand to entertain you as you indulge in one – or several – of the 130 types of Aussie beer on offer. And don’t forget to try the Aussie’s most famous pizza; it’s called the True Blue Coat of Arms- half emu, half kangaroo! But if that’s too weird for you, then the good old Beef & Bock Pot Pie is just as patriotic!
100 Cumberland St, The Rocks
3. The Glenmore
Just up the road from the Aussie is the Glenmore, where the beer starts flowing at the earlier-than-usual opening time of 8am. Spend your ANZAC Day baking in the sun on a rooftop overlooking beautiful Sydney Harbour, snacking on a good old-fashioned Aussie BBQ. Try the Glenmore Dog – with grilled cheese kransky, coriander, jalapenos, purple slaw, creamy spicy mayonnaise and fries, it’s guaranteed to kill even the fiercest of hunger. If you’re feeling lucky, enter one of the many ANZAC Day competitions and win a spot in the VB VIP Area of the 2UP arena, complete with a private bar and free food for the day. The Glenmore is an easy walk to the Gloucester Road festivities too, so you can meander up and down between pubs and soak up the best of the Rocks this Friday.
The Glenmore, 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks
4. The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room
Be charmed by a New York-style brasserie with the freshest Aussie produce and a huge selection of wines. The Morrison will be bringing 2UP to the CBD from midday alongside a good ol’ Aussie sausage sizzle, beer specials and live entertainment. If a sausage sizzle doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always chow down on one of the Morrison’s famous hamburgers and duck fat chips. Look out for the vintage army jeep out the front when you arrive, paying tribute to all the diggers this ANZAC Day. The bar will be open late and Aussie spirit will be in full swing well into the night!
The Morrison, 225 George St, Sydney
5. The Golden Sheaf
The Sheaf is good for so much more than just a fun Wednesday night – Double Bay’s most celebrated drinking institution and award-winning neighbourhood pub will be the place to celebrate ANZAC Day in the Eastern Suburbs. From 10am, the stellar open beer garden will host a massive day of 2UP, live music from 6pm and free lamb on the spit. The burger stack and beer will be available too. Relax upstairs on the balcony and watch the festivities, or be in the thick of it at the downstairs bar and beer garden. Jugs of James Squire 150 lashes are $12- get involved.
The Golden Sheaf, 429 New South Head Road, Double Bay