Where To Play Two-Up This ANZAC Day

Events, Play, Sydney / 23 April 2024
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Where To Play Two-Up This ANZAC Day

Events, Play, Sydney / 23 April 2024

Raise a glass, flip some coins, and commemorate the day

As Anzac Day approaches, many Sydneysiders look forward to commemorating the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Beyond the dawn service, a classic tradition offers a chance to come together – the game of two-up. This list explores a range of venues across Sydney, from pubs with a family-friendly atmosphere to those offering a vibrant party vibe. Whether you’re a seasoned two-up player or simply curious about this Australian custom, there’s sure to be a spot that piques your interest and allows you to connect with the spirit of the day.

The Argyle, The Rocks

If you’re looking for a lively Anzac Day experience with a touch of Sydney history, head to The Argyle in The Rocks. This pub, known for its vibrant atmosphere, transforms its courtyard into Sydney’s biggest two-up arena. Throughout the day, there’ll be a sizzling sausage sizzle to keep you fueled, along with live music and DJ sets to add to the festive spirit. Entry is free, making it an easy place to pop in, pay your respects, and perhaps try your luck at the iconic game. Plus, The Rocks has several other events on offer in the precinct.

The Fiddler, Rouse Hill

For a relaxed and friendly Anzac Day gathering, look no further than The Fiddler in Rouse Hill. This local gem opens its doors at midday, offering a warm and welcoming space to connect with friends and family as you commemorate the day. Following the Dawn Service, raise a glass to the Anzac legacy, then perhaps try your luck at a game of two-up in the beer garden. DJs will be spinning classic Aussie tunes throughout the afternoon and evening, creating an atmosphere perfect for reminiscing and celebrating the Anzac spirit. 

Forrester’s, Surry Hills

For an Anzac Day experience with a touch of Scottish flair, head to Forrester’s in Surry Hills. This pub opens its doors early at 11 am, inviting you to commemorate the day with a variety of activities. Try your luck at a game of two-up from midday onwards, or simply relax and enjoy the live performance by a traditional pipe band. Later in the afternoon, live music takes centre stage. For those wanting to catch the Anzac Day clash between the Roosters and Dragons, they’ll be showing the game live in the Public Bar and Art Room.

Jackson’s On George, Sydney CBD

If you’re in the heart of the city, head to Jackson’s on George. This popular pub boasts the largest rooftop two-up ring in the CBD, perfect for trying your luck. Doors open early at 7 am, allowing you to commemorate the day at your own pace. The festivities kick off at 11 am with two-up games and live music alongside a special all-day BBQ menu featuring delicious treats like wagyu skewers and sausage sandwiches. For veterans, there’s a special offer on beers, and a portion of the proceeds from every sausage sanga will be donated to Legacy, a charity that supports veterans’ families. 

Public House Petersham, Petersham

Consider a relaxed Anzac Day gathering with a community vibe at the Public House Petersham. This popular pub goes big this year, transforming its car park into a dedicated two-up arena from midday onwards. Hosted by Tommy and Gordo, it promises a fun and social atmosphere. For added comfort, they’ve even set up grandstands. Refreshing drink options will be available at the tinnie barsand there will be food specials throughout the day to keep you fueled. The Public House is also proudly supporting Legacy Australia, with donations collected throughout the venue and $1 from every Balter XPA sold going towards the cause. 

Taphouse, Darlinghurst

Calling all dumpling lovers! This Anzac Day, Taphouse in Darlinghurst is serving up a unique way to commemorate. Doors open at 11 am on April 25th, offering a relaxed atmosphere to pay your respects. From midday, head to the public bar for a game of two-up. But the real star of the show here is the delicious Chinese food menu. Whether you fancy juicy pork buns or comforting noodle dishes, Taphouse has something to satisfy your hunger. Wash it down with a selection of your favourite tap beers and house wines for just $9. Plus, Taphouse donates $1 from every schooner of Philter Super Cool to Legacy, so you can raise a glass for a worthy cause. 

Verandah Precinct, Sydney CBD

Commemorate Anzac Day with a touch of tradition at the Verandah Precinct. This pub offers a variety of ways to pay your respects. Starting from 6 am, the Public Bar will be open for those attending the Dawn Service, with coffee and breakfast rolls available. The main bar opens at 9 am, perfect for grabbing a spot before the Anzac Day parade. Later in the day, Verandah Bar takes centre stage with Sydney CBD’s biggest two-up ring, starting at midday. A sausage sizzle will be running from 9 am, with $1 from every sausage and bacon & egg roll donated to Legacy. 

Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay

Soak up the scenic Sydney harbour views while commemorating Anzac Day at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. This iconic waterfront venue opens its doors at 10 am on April 25th, offering a seaside atmosphere to pay your respects. From midday onwards, try your luck at a game of two-up while you listen to live music before DJs take over later in the afternoon. To complement the beautiful surroundings, they’ve created a special menu featuring a classic grilled steak sandwich and a decadent salted caramel Anzac cheesecake. It’s a beautiful location for a heartfelt Anzac Day experience.

Watson’s EQ, Moore Park

If you’re looking for a relaxed Anzac Day gathering with a sporting twist, head to Watson’s EQ in Moore Park. This popular spot offers a casual atmosphere, perfect for catching up with friends before or after the Anzac Day NRL clash between the Dragons and Roosters. They’ll be screening the game live on their mega screen, alongside classic pub fare like burgers and schnitzels. Head out to the beer garden to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the festive spirit. From midday, a pop-up tinny bar sets the scene for a game of two-up, making it a convenient and social way to commemorate the day. No bookings are required, so simply grab your mates and head on down.

Woollahra Hotel, Woollahra

For a relaxed Anzac Day gathering in Sydney’s east, consider the Woollahra Hotel. This historic pub opens its doors bright and early at 9 am on April 25th, so you can swing by for a quiet drink or join the festivities later in the day. Head upstairs to the terrace from midday onwards for a game of two-up. They’ll have classic pub-grub like burgers and wings on offer all day, alongside drink specials to keep things lively.