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Drink/Dine ian 3/20/2014

You will never die of thirst in Surry Hills and a pub crawl around every licensed venue would be impossible – there are cocktail bars, wine bars and chic little restaurant bars and there are some amazing traditional style hotels that are steeped in history and brimming with atmosphere. They also offer great pub grub at reasonable prices – they have to because competition is fierce, which makes it a winning situation for the drinkers/diners. Here is a snapshot…

Surry Hills Clock HotelThe Dolphin – 412 Crown Street – this was one of the first Sydney pubs to build a reputation on food many, many yonks ago and it still delivers great food at a good price – cool, chic and sometimes crowded but there are lots of nooks and crannies… http://www.lanternhotels.com.au/dolphin-hotel

The Clock – 470 Crown Street – heaps of atmosphere, good pub grub and one of the best pub balconies to watch the passing parade from – three bars, three atmospheres – all good! http://clockhotel.com.au/

The Trinity Bar – 505 Crown Street (cnr of Devonshire) – one of Surry Hills oldest pubs with craft beers on tap, great value pub grub and Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm Monday to Friday. There’s a friendly, bubbly atmosphere in the bistro and the bar - http://www.trinitybar.com.au/

beresford hotel surry hillsThe Porterhouse – 233 Riley Street – this one is an Irish pub that moves with the time but with also always time for a chat (the ‘craic’) – well priced pub grub to accompany a pint - http://porterhouse.com.au/

The Beresford – 354 Bourke Street – what does the Beresford have in common with the Ivy, the Slip Inn and Est? Owner Justin Hemmes – so it is cool, contemporary, classy but still casual… http://merivale.com.au/theberesfordhotel

The Carrington - 563 Bourke Street – ambience, food and vibe are all excellent – is this the only place in town that does a prawn & chorizo sandwich? Yep, Beef Cheeks and Stuffed Squid are more than nicknames in this neck of the woods… http://the-carrington.com.au/

Aurora Hotel – 324 Elizabeth Street – once a tad sleazy, this one is now very slick, very chic with a rooftop bar and good value meals… http://aurorahotel.com.au/

The Dove & Olive (was the Hotel Clarendon) – 156 Devonshire Street – the D&O is rustic and welcoming with locally crafted beer and excellent Italian/American inspired pub grub… think $10 meal specials or lash out on the weekly crackling roast with all te trimmings for $15… http://doveandolive.com.au/

Surry Hills Cricketers ArmsThe Shakespeare Hotel – 200 Devonshire Street – Like Shakespeare in his heyday this one is vibrant and hearty – a good old-fashioned pub with narrow staircases, creaky floorboards and the buzz of intelligent conversation (mostly)… http://shakespearehotel.com.au/

The Cricketers Arms – 106 Fitzroy Street – The Cricketers is a heritage pub with old architecture and contemporary attitude – the locals are an eclectic mix from old timers to students… gay, straight, poetic, prophetic, occasionally pathetic and usually interesting. This pub was your humble blogger’s ‘local’ as a student and I still love it – bangers & mash sit comfortably on the menu with the beetroot & haloumi salad – it feels a bit like an English pub but it is also totally Aussie! http://www.cricketersarmshotel.com.au/

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