From two-up to dawn services and sausage sizzles, here are Eat Drink Play’s favourite ANZAC Day picks.
ANZAC Day offers people living in Australia the chance to commemorate, honour and celebrate everyone who served and died in the war. A day of reverence and remembrance, the date marks the day that the Australian and New Zealand army corps landed at Gallipoli in Turkey during WW1.
As a day of historical significance, there are several dawn services for quiet contemplation, and you’ll also find a whole host of venues where revellers can enjoy the time-honoured tradition of two-up, a game whose roots were born during the first world war when soldiers played it extensively.
And so, from reflective dawn services to lively sausage sizzles and animated games of two-up and more, here are the very best ways Sydney-siders can revel and rejoice on one of the most important days in Australia’s storied history.
North Bondi Fish
If you’re based in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and are planning on an early alarm call to make it down for the dawn service, North Bondi Fish has a delicious two-course brunch on offer that kicks off at 7am. A rare opportunity to enjoy a tasty breakfast overlooking Bondi’s beautiful beach, the menu boasts everything from avocado and stracciatella on toast to bircher muesli. For further info and to book, head over here.
If you’re looking for a combination of fun and delicious this Anzac Day, head down to Harbourview Hotel at Dawes Point. They’ll be putting on food specials including Pork & Fennel Sausage Rolls, BBQ Pork Belly Rolls, Beef, Bacon & Cheese Pie and for the sweet tooth, an Apple Tart Tain and of course Anzac Day Biscuit Crumble. There’s also be Drag queen Prada Clutch to keep you entertained from 12pm – 5pm while a Pipe Band will play at 3pm. Find out more here.
Looking for a lively way to celebrate ANZAC Day? Surry Hills The Winery is putting on quite the show. Starting at a very civilised 10am, merry-makers can enjoy a sizzling BBQ and a rather special two-up game that starts at 1pm and will be hosted by Drag Queen Charisma Belle. For further info, head on over to their website.
Nestled in the heart of Moore Park, Watson’s EQ’s inaugural ANZAC Day celebrations are sure to go down a storm. With a vibrant programme of two-up, a sausage sizzle, and a screening of the ANZAC match shown live, plus some popping Aussie bangers playing all day long, it’s sure to be a celebration to remember. Head over here for further info.
Manly Wharf Bar
For anyone living on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches, Manly Wharf Bar is a must-visit over the long weekend. With one of Sydney’s most scenic views, party-goers can play two-up from midday onwards, while sipping on $30 ‘mega jugs’ of James Squire Fifty Lashes all day. And if you’re in the mood for a boogie, DJs Jensen, Brad Mullins and Chris Arnott will be spinning the decks inside from 3pm. Find out more here.
The Oxford Tavern
Petersham’s favourite neighbourhood pub will be hosting two-up from midday in their sunny beer garden, while serving up some tasty Aussie dishes and decadent cocktails to keep everyone in good spirits. With a BBQ and some serious Aussie bangers to boot, revellers will be in for a day of fun. Head over to their website to find out more.
The Old Fitz
One of Woolomolloo’s finest venues, The Old Fitz will be hosting an all-day ANZAC Day celebration, beginning with two-up which will be hosted by a legendary drag performer, Marilyn Moontrub. With slow-cooked pork rolls and a European-influenced menu to keep hunger at bay, it’s set to be a shindig to remember. Bookings can be made here.
Feeling lucky? Here are Eat Drink Play’s favourite spots in Sydney to play two-up.
The Golden Sheaf Hotel, Double Bay – Info here.
The Bank, Newtown: Ten years of Tora Two-Up – Info here.
Sackville Hotel, Rozelle – Info here.
Public House Petersham – Info here.
Opera Bar Sydney – Info here.
Paddo Inn, Paddington – Info here.
Kings Cross Hotel – Info here.
The Erko, Erskenville – Info here.
Courthouse Hotel, Newtown – Info here.
The Marly, Newtown – Info here.
The Clock Hotel, Surry Hills – Info here.
The Regent, Kingsford – Info here.
The Albion Hotel, Parramatta – Info here.
The Bridgeview, Willoughby – Info here.
Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Sydney – Info here.
Carousel Inn, Rooty Hill – Info here.
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