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East Sydney Hotel

The last country pub in the Sydney Metropolitan area

The whiteboard outside the East Sydney Hotel says it all “Yes this is the pub with no pokies” A gold-plated virtue according to its many and varied loyal clientele, as publican Harald Muller points out “The trouble with pokies is that the people who can least afford it, play them”. Add to this a ‘No TV policy’ (except for annual Melbourne Cup) you have a character filled bar good for drinking, eating and talking. Or as one reviewer put it; “A delightful, tiny and well-loved hotel with no pokies or blondwood floors, Opened in 1856, it is the oldest continually licensed drinking hole in Sydney” The last country pub in the Sydney Metropolitan area. Historically restored. Open fireplaces, wooden floor with copper nails. Our business is quality draught beer, restaurant quality food, and accomodation in the old-fashioned country tradition. Interesting mixed clientele. No pokies.

WHERE: Cnr of Crown St & Cathedral dral ST Woolloomooloo NSW 2011 PHONE: (02) 9358 1975 VISIT:

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Ship Inn

WHERE: Cnr Pitt and Alfred Sts, Circular Quay, NSW, 2000 PHONE: (02) 9241 2433 FAX: (02) 9241 7481 EMAIL: VISIT:

Wit h g re a t l a t e n igh t t ra d e ever y ni g ht o f t h e wee k , The Sh ip Inn ha s a r e lax e d , i nfo rma l at m o sphe re b uz z ing wi t h c i t y wo rk e rs, l o c a l s an d t ouri st s

During the day, the outdoor seating area puts you right amongst the bustling Quay promenade directly opposite Circular Quay. For chillier days or nights there’s also a cosy space at the back of the bar with a warm ambience, great when the sun goes down & the bar caters to a mix of local hospitality staff and the late night tourist crowd. FOOD A varied menu served all day long with classic pizzas, salads, wraps, plus grazing plates to share with your mates. Prices from $8.

SPECIALS $10 classic pizza Mondays and Tuesdays with drink purchase $10 Cocktails Wednesdays 5-7pm

BEERS ON TAP Pure Blonde, Bulmer’s Cider, Carlton Draught, VB, New, Coopers Pale Ale, Stella Artois

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The Watershed Hotel

The Watershed located waters’ edge Darling Harbour is the perfect place to relax with a cool drink as the sun sets over the city, or enjoy a lively night out with friends. With its enticing alfresco area, spacious bar and all day menu that caters to all tastes, The Watershed is one of Sydney’s leading venues. The Watershed is also home to a host of mouthwatering cocktails with equally desirable tasty bar nibbles. Recline in style, catch up and kick back while you listen to the funky tunes playing from Sydney’s hottest DJs. Featuring a fabulous weekly entertainment line up in a relaxed harbourside location, the ambience encourages long nights and long drinks!

WHERE: 198 Harbourside, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000 PHONE: (02) 9282 9444 VISIT:

Open 7 days till late

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Jacksons on George Jacksons is one of the most exciting and vibrant CBD hotels, featuring five bars over four levels with an exceptional food and beverage menu. Jacksons is only a few minutes walk from The Rocks, Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and major hotels. Open around the clock, seven days a week. Dine in Bar CQ either alfresco or indoors overlooking the hustle and bustle of George Street, service is swift and friendly; the food a tasty mix of modern Australian cuisine and available breakfast, lunch and dinner! Unwind in comfort during Happy Hour 5pm-7pm daily with $9.50 beer jugs and $10 cocktail jugs! Or visit on the weekend to catch live sporting action and enjoy a lively night out with friends dancing to the beats of Sydney’s best DJs. And for those of you who love beer, why not join the Jacksons Beer Hall of Fame with over 100 beers from around the world! With over 40 screens including 3 massive projectors on 4 levels and 7 dedicated sports channels, Jacksons has all your needs covered offering the best vantage point outside the stadium to see all your favourite live sporting action, 7 days a week 24 hours a day.

WHERE: 176 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 PHONE: 02 9247 2727 VISIT:

Open 7 days around the clock!

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Cock n Bull

The Cock n Bull is the first port of call for many arriving to Sydney and more often than not, the last stop before the long trip home. Every night of the week you’ll enjoy free entertainment including Irish sessions, fantastic party bands, world class DJ’s and an atmosphere that would rival any local in Ireland. The great value bistro boasts a classic Irish menu second only to Mammy’s cooking, so you’ll feel right at home. You’re guaranteed to have many memorable nights at the Cock n Bull and make a few friends for life. ENTERTAINMENT: With a week jam packed with entertainment, you will never be bored at the Cock n Bull. Mondays - Karaoke - Come sing the Monday blues away and always be guaranteed a laugh. Tuesday- Tropical Heat Get your brazilin groove on with live bands and dj’s, free entry and $4 vodkas all night Thursdays – Thursday-Live Irish entertainment with Bacon and Cabbage, followed by our resident DJ’s.

Saturday- Resident Dj’s spinning your favorite tunes all night long Sunday Sessions – What the Cock’n Bull are famous for! The legendary Sunday Sessions at the Cock’n Bull are a must to experience. Live Irish Entertainment at 5pm , Bacon and Cabbage take the stage at 8.30pm. $4 Bulmers pints 3pm-5pm. BISTRO: Cock’n Bull offers some of the best traditional Irish dishes around, including Favourites from home such as Irish Stew, Bacon and Cabbage, Mc Donnells Curry and great Daily Specials. You will not be missing home with our mouth watering bistro menu. Mid week $10 Specials TuesThurs $2 Steaks on Saturdays from 6pm – minimum $4 drink purchase required $1 Sides /Sauces. Traditional Irish Breakfast served on the weekends until 3pm. Sunday Roast served all Day Sunday, while stocks last.

Fridays- 89 - Come to the easts best Friday night live original bands from8pm, then mix up your night with our Dj’s from 11pm. 2 for $14 Jagers

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WHERE: 89 Ebley St Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 PHONE: (02) 9389 3004 EMAIL: VISIT:

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Marlborough Hotel

WHERE: 145 King Street, Newtown, NSW 2042 PHONE: 02 9519 1222 VISIT:

Open 7 days until late Ne w to w n ' s b oh e mian b ea uty , th e M a rl b o r o u gh H o t e l is t h e mo s t im pr e s s iv e v en u e in th e a re a .

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Newtown’s bohemian beauty, the Marlborough Hotel is the most impressive venue in the area. A hive of activity for artists, students, locals and visitors, you can lose yourself exploring this quirky and eclectic precinct. The Marly delivers an authentic inner Sydney vibe providing great meals day or night and a host of interesting weekly pub entertainment – it’s the perfect place to sit back with friends for a bite to eat, to sip on a cool cocktail, play a game of pool or catch some live sports action. Modern, spacious and sophisticated The Marlborough Hotel features an open fireplace, polished floorboards and high ceilings. A spacious balcony with great city skyline views simply adds to the atmosphere. Encompassing three full size pool tables and four plasma screens, the option of a VIP room and adjoining terrace - anything is possible - The Marly is the locals favourite!

The Orient

A S y dn e y l a n dmar k k n ow n e qu al l y f o r its h is to r ic bu il din g an d g r e at l iv e mus ic t ra ditio n.

The Orient’s beer garden is a relaxing spot both day and night plus the hotel offers four unique function spaces which cater for every event, from casual gettogethers to formal functions. The pub also offers top bar food all day everyday and live bands from Wednesday to Sunday. The Orient Restaurant is an elegant first floor eatery popular with the business crowd through the week, and ‘Orion’ ,the stylish top floor nightclub, pumps with top DJs every Saturday, and hosts functions throughout the rest of the week. FOOD Bar food is classic, hearty pub-fare; the restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Thursdays $15 Steaks noon-5pm $7 Frozen cocktails in the nightclub Live bands Wednesday to Sunday (free entry before 10pm Fri & Sat) BEERS ON TAP Guinness, Bulmer’s Cider, Carlton Draught, VB, Pure Blonde, Fat Yak, Cascade Light, Toohey’s New & James Squire Amber Ale

WHERE: 89 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000 PHONE: (02) 9251 1255 FAX: (02) 9247 4569 VISIT:

SPECIALS Monday $10 barfood all day Tuesday $10 Burgers all day Wednesdays $12 Pasta, pie or parma noon-5pm

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Tone is Sydney’s newest performance space, bar and restaurant located in one of the oldest warehouses in Surry Hills. Designed to cater for discerning music lovers, artists and drinkers, Tone has been restored to its original 1920s aesthetic with a contemporary twist through street art laden walls, state of the art lighting design and a truly world class P.A. system. Our mission is simple – to provide a rich music experience in a quality environment with great food and drinks at reasonable prices. We love music. We love food. We love a good drink. Beer prices start at $4.50 and food starts at only $7 with a great selection of small plates,

16 Wentworth Ave Surry Hills, 2010

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share plates, pizzas, burgers and seafood. Great platters are also available for functions. Tone has partnered with some of the city’s most creative minds to provide a full offering of art, culture and music. Please see our events calendar for more information and make sure you subscribe to our mailing list and twitter for the latest news, members only giveaways, food and drink specials and more. It’s time to set a new Tone.

Ph: 02 9267 6440

Paragon W elc ome to the p ar agon‌ A s tylis h two level hotel in the hear t of Cir c u lar Qu ay...

The Paragon has a traditional public bar on the ground floor, opening out onto a courtyard beer garden and park. Upstairs is a relaxed cocktail bar, sports bar with TAB facilities and bistro, serving meals all day and until late every night. Popular with the business crowd throughout the week with Trivia, Retro DJs, the Paragon also caters for functions on both levels, from casual get-togethers to formal events.

SPECIALS: Mon & Tues anything on the menu $12 noon4pm Tuesday Trivia 6pm with $12 burgers and $12 fish & chips Wednesday $10 Parmigiana Thursday $10 Cocktails BEERS ON TAP: Pure Blonde, Reschs, Carlton Draught, VB, Cascade Light, New, Coopers Pale Ale, Bulmers, Carlsberg, Fat Yak.

FOOD: Generous serves of modern Australian style bar food are available all day, from share platters to burgers, steaks and hearty meals.

WHERE: Cnr Loftus and Alfred Sts, Circular Quay PHONE: (02) 9241 3522 FAX: (02) 9252 1270 EMAIL: info@hotelparagon. VISIT: www.hotelparagon.

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Coach & Horses

Centra lly a nd idea lly loca ted the Coa ch a nd Horses truly ha s something for everyone.

Randwick itself enjoys 25km of ocean coastline and bay side foreshores and is only 6km from the CBD of Sydney. Enjoy the fine cuisine at our Bistro. Finalist in 2007 AHA Awards for Excellence Best Bistro Sydney. Upstairs has Beer Garden to seat 60 and an elegant lounge bar perfect for your next night out! Happy Hour every weekday from 5-7. There are well over 20 screens to watch your favourite sport on and one pull down projector. Function room that can handle at least 80 people and a licensed outdoor smoking area upstairs. Bottle shop open till midnight every night. Friendly helpful and courteous staff.

Food Specials: Monday: $15 schnitzel and chips and salad with complimentary drink as well as a $15 steak and chips and salad with complimentary drink. Tuesday: 11 inch pizza for $15 with complimentary drink or $15 steak and chips and salad with complimentary drink. Wednesday: $12 steak, chips and salad or veg and mash with with a complimentary drink. Thursday: $12 chicken breast parmigiana. Friday: $15 Barra and chips. Saturday+Sunday: $12 roast all weekend.

Saturday: LIVE music and Coopers punters club Sunday: LIVE music, free pool all day, free jukebox and pool competition in the evening. Hours: Mon.Tues.Wed - 10am-3am Thurs.Fri - 10am - till late (5am) Sat - 9am-5am Sun - 10am - midnight

Monday: Weekley premier round-up and poker tournaments Tuesday: Members badge draw Wednesday: Trivia Thursday: Moster raffles Friday: Members badge draw

WHERE: 147 Avoca Street Randwick NSW 2031

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Phone: (02) 9399 3005 VISIT:

P.J. O’’Brien’’s Co me i n fo r dinne r a nd st a y for t he c ra i c wit h l o c a l s an d tra v e l l e rs alik e t ha t v i si t PJ .O ’B ri e n’s t o ex pe ri e nc e t h e uni q ue at m o sphe re .

WHERE: 57 King St, Sydney, NSW, 2000 PHONE: (02) 9290 1811 EMAIL: sydney@ VISIT: www.pjobriens.

FOOD: Seven days for Lunch & Dinner Beers on Tap: Guinness, Kilkenny, Stella Artois, Carlton Draught, Carlton Midstrength, Carlsberg, Victoria Bitter & Pure Blonde, Coopers Pale, Fat Yak Pale Ale, Toohey’s New, Toohey’s Extra Dry and Big Helga ENTERTAINMENT: Located within the Grace Hotel complex on the corner of King & York Streets P.J.O’Brien’s offers a taste of Ireland in the heart of the CBD. The warm glow of the open fire and traditional Irish music drowning out the hustle and bustle of city life. As daylight fades the ‘craic’ begins, settle in with a creamy pint of Guinness or one of our many beers, wines and spirits. Our kitchen offers a variety of savoury Irish dishes to modern day cuisine. Let the friendly staff at P.J.O’Brien’s make your day or night an occasion to remember, come in, kick back and discover the ‘craic’ that P.J.O’Brien’s is famous for! Fox & Setanta Sport on the Big Screen Roast Dinners Every Sunday The Craic: Come in for dinner and stay for the craic with locals and travellers alike that visit PJ.O’Brien’s to experience the unique atmosphere. OPENING HOURS: Seven days a week until late TRADITIONAL SUNDAY SESSIONS, 7-10PM Live Irish Music featuring Kelly’s Heroes, Jigs & Reels, Ballads & Sing-a-longs $6 Guinness Pints from 7-10pm & $10 Traditional Roasts ‘The Best in Town’ Bring an instrument, to join in email kevin.kelly@ Proudly supported by Guinness TUESDAY NIGHT QUIZ NIGHT Are you Smarter than a Security Guard? Join Craig and test your knowledge of useless information at PJ’s Trivia Night. Loads of prizes, giveaways & fun. Get a team together (max 8 players per team) and prove you’re the sharpest tools in the shed!! Enjoy any Pizza with a Schooner of Fat Yak Pale Ale for only $15, available 5.30pm 9.30pm and during Trivia (6.30-8.30pm) Pints of Fat Yak Pale Ale are only $6.50. Proudly sponsored by Fat Yak Pale Ale Book your Table - Call 9290 1811 or email

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Paddy Maguires T he Iris h P u b in t he he ar t o f S y d n e y’ s v ibran t C BD ! We c at e r f o r e v e r y n e e d at P ad d y ’s w it h l iv e e n t e rt ain m e n t 7 d ay s a w e e k , al l m aj o r spo rt in g e v e n t s s ho w n l iv e o n o u r m an y l ar g e pl asm as , o r e v e n if y o u r j u s t af t e r a he art y m e al an d a c he e k y pin t be f o r e a sho w !

ENTERTAINMENT: Paddy’s hosts Sydney’s best party rock bands weekly. Mondays - Caribbean Soul - Australia’s No. 1 Reggae Band - From soft mood music emanating from the steel pan, well known island songs and laid back melodies for the quiet moments to full on dance music (pump up the volume!), Caribbean Soul will have everyone dancing to reggae hits from the charts, original music and hot calypso and soca music. How you feeling? Hot, Hot, Hot! Wednesdays – Pommy Andy Trivia. Pommy Andy’s trivia night offer a challenge to participants with the chance to win major cash prizes and loads of give aways throughout the evening. Thursdays - Laura’s All Star Karaoke - With thousands of songs to choose from and great prizes up for grabs make

your next star appearance at Paddy’s! 9:30pm - 12:30am Friday & Saturday Nights Sydney’s best Cover bands start @ 9.30pm Sunday Nights - Alternative Irish Sessions: 7pm - 10:30pm

OPENING HOURS: Open seven days a week till late. Bistro open from 12 till late. Meal deals Monday and Tuesday. Daily specials and traditional Irish fare.

THE CRAIC: The Irish Pub in the heart of Sydney’s vibrant CBD! Paddy Maguires Irish Pub is well situated in the heart of Sydney. Located in Capitol Square on George St, we are less than a 2 minute stroll from Central Station, Chinatown, Paddy’s Markets, Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour and of course the Capitol Theatre. We cater for every need at Paddy’s with live entertainment 7 days a week, all major sporting events shown live on our many large plasmas, or even if your just after a hearty meal and a cheeky pint before a show!

WHERE: Corner of George & Hay St, Sydney, NSW, 2000 PHONE: (02) 9212 2111 VISIT:

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The Gaelic Hotel The Gaelic Hotel is one of Sydney’s most iconic music venues that is now accessible for everyone to enjoy. A warm and welcoming venue with 2 outdoor areas, comfortable booths to relax in and a tasty $10/$15 food menu, it’s now a place to come and enjoy for many different reasons.

WHERE: 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills (2 Minute Walk from Central) PHONE: (02) 9211 1687 EMAIL: VISIT:

The Gaelic Hotel has not strayed from its roots with a dynamic and diverse entertainment program, there is something happening every night of the week, from live original music to trivia, The Gaelic will never leave you bored. A quick road map: Mondays – I Love 90s, $4.50 Standard Spirits & $7 Cocktails, let the weekend never stop Tuesdays – Rock-Stein

Trivia with $10 Jugs of Coopers Wednesdays – The Study seated live music events Thursdays – VIP Thursdays for the right blend of Hip Hop & RnB Fridays and Saturdays – catch some of the best local and international live music Sundays – Poker All this entertainment and at a place where you can still buy a drink without chasing a bank loan. Every day pints at schooner prices from Midday till 5PM. The Gaelic Hotel has seen an impressive overhaul and now is open from 10AM till 4AM, 7 days a week so come in and check out Sydney’s new entertainment hive.

The Madison The Public Bar on the ground level is an institution, open 24hours a day 7 days a week, where we offer great music in a funky environment, cheap beers (especially for the city), Tab, a jukebox and two pool tables plus Fox and Setanta sports on three large television screens. The first floor we have The Vine Bar and Bistro where we have bought the outdoors indoors. We have the courtyard to the right of the bar and the patio to the left, offering a very stylish and casual atmosphere where you can enjoy fantastic food ($10 Menu) whilst having a quiet or not so quiet beverage or two or ten.

WHERE: 52 Devonshire St (corner Randle St & Devonshire St) Surry Hills, NSW 2010 PHONE: (02) 9211 1612 VISIT:

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The Empire Hotel

E m pi r e H o t e l i s y o u r pa r t y des t i n at i o n i n Ki ng s C r o s s .

Over three levels and four separate bars, we have something that caters to everyone. Take a seat at our ground floor windows and watch the world go by, you never know what you might see in Kings Cross. Looking for sport on TV? Empire Hotel takes care of all your sporting needs with 9 plasmas on the ground floor showing all of your favourites. Enjoy “The Knock Off� Mondays to Thursdays between 5pm and 7pm for $3.50 schooners of beer, $5 house spirits and $6 bottles of beer. Why limit happy to just one hour? When you really want to let your hair down, head up to Mid Empire for a dance, a game of pool or a play on one of our many arcade and pinball machines. Having a birthday? Feel free to give us a call to book your complimentary booth (groups of 10 or more) to receive free entry plus a free drink for all of your guests! Looking for something more? Keep going upstairs

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to Plantation and take your clubbing needs to another level with our awesome sound and lighting system. Plantation runs every Friday and Saturday across the whole range of music genres. Check the website weekly for updated events. We can also help with any function needs. From intimate gatherings to 400+ events, the Empire Hotel can assist. Empire Hotel. Why would you go anywhere else!

WHERE: 32 Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross, Sydney PHONE: (02) 9360 7531 FAX: (02) 9360 0480 VISIT:

Worth a shout in Sydney The World Bar is a four-storey converted Victorian terrace located in the heart of legendary Kings Cross, transformed into a party machine set to stun - not only one of the most versatile and unique bar/nightclubs in town, but one that is open 7 days and hosts 7 of Sydney’s most diverse and long-standing clubnights in the evenings. Renowned for their literally World famous Teapot Cocktails (tm), an expansive outdoor terrace area, and a general emphasis on quirk and the unexpected, exploration of the venue’s various rooms, booths, stairwells and hidden areas is the most rewarding part of any visit. Whether you’re having a pizza and a quiet drink early evening or becoming one with the dancefloor at 2am, you’ll definitely find the party oasis you seek at The World Bar. WORLD BAR 24 Bayswater Rd, Sydney (Kings Cross) (02) 9357 7700


Offering a slice of paradise in the urban surroundings of Sydney, The Darlo Bar brings a creatively tropical element to the Darlinghurst quarter of Sydney. With parasols decorating the upstairs outdoor area in cheerful shades of pink and orange, and kitch wrought iron furniture you are automatically transported away from the day’s troubles as soul and chilled beats pour out, kissing your troubles away with each lick of liquor. However you can completely relax on many of the tables or low sofa’s indoors and take a load off. Take full advantage of their happy hour running from 4-6 Monday – Saturday – so there’s no excuse to miss out. DARLO BAR 306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst 2010


Still having not coined a name since its opening a few months ago, Name This Bar, appears to have been saddled with The Nameless Bar. But does it need a real name? We don’t think so. It’s quirky, it’s cool, and it’s probably one of Sydney’s most unique bars. The perfect place to spend all evening or get to after a few drinks elsewhere, the vibe is upbeat without being over the top, and the cocktail and shot selections are immense, not to mention reasonably priced. Famously getting notoriety for the secret art wars, Nameless Bar previously had some of the walls open to comments being written on them but were then freshly painted white for 8 artists to compete and paint their best pieces, so if you do happen to stumble upon this little gem, be sure to check out the cool art work. Attracting a cool crowd, it’s the kind of place that can soon become a regular haunt and well worth a visit if you’re in town. NAME THIS BAR Name This Bar, 197 Oxford St, Darlinghurst


Fancy a drink back at the ranch? Sorry did we say a drink, we meant shed loads of drink as that’s exactly what you’ll get here at Shady Pines. One of Darlinghurst’s newest small bars, the décor is evidently Wild West inspired, with wooden carved Native Americans, the head of a long horned steer that takes up nearly half a wall, and all other manner of taxidermy items, there’s plenty to look at as you obliterate you liver to extinction. And too add to the shenanigans, there’s live country and western music four nights a week and a mechanical bull available for private parties. With bar tenders that know their stuff, you’ll soon be indulging in all sorts of drinks, and with the owners talking to just about everyone, you’ll probably feel so comfortable you won’t want to leave, or will at least stumble out and into the safety of a taxi a few hours after you first walked in for that ‘one pint’. Be sure to try the Mint Julep!


SHADY PINES SALOON Shop 4, 256 Crown St, Darlinghurst

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The Attic Think antique, retro, chic and then turn it into a funky lounge bar; a world of classy risqué comfort; vintage like you have never seen before. The Attic boasts an ambitious selection of cocktails & service accompanied by an exotic blend of sounds from around the globe with a warm uplifting atmosphere that’ll leave all your senses just tingling. Within this exclusive environment you’ll be surrounded by vintage and antique abstract art decor & featured lighting to enhance the feel of this state of the art venue. The Attic is a cut above the rest so you will need to dress to the nines and impress the best of the best; we can’t have our furniture looking better than our clientele.

Boasting thousands upon thousands of punters through the doors every week Gilligan’s is home to Cairns’ best entertainment venue, popular with the locals and the travelers, Gilligan’s is non-stop party stamina all week long. Housing three large bars under one roof which consists of a large beer hall, deck bar and mezzanine bar upstairs. Gilligan’s provides a venue for many local performers from all genres and music forms including live bands on the back deck and RnB singing sensations in the main entertainment hall. Gilligan’s have a local open mic night on Monday’s where locals and travellers are able to come and bring a talent and also bring diversity to the venue on a new level. Gilligan’s is the home to Ministry of Sound – holding each new CD launch at Gilligan’s and supporting some of their very best international DJ’s, and renowned for music acts such as Ministry of Sound including Tommy Trash, Sidney Sampson, Hook and Sling, John Course, Aston Shuffle, Tydi, Marlo, and Anna Lunoe. Also acts such as J Wess, Infected Mushroom, P Money, Tenzin, One Love, Ian Carey, Dirty Laundry, Pacha with Sarah Main, Matt Nugent and Alex Taylor, to name a few. Gilligan’s is open 7 days and nights a week from midday. The venue hosts nightly promotions and entertainment to suit all interests from Jelly Wrestling, amateur male strip competitions, Bogan Bingo and much more.

WHERE: 57-89 Grafton St, QLD 4870 PHONE: 07 4041 6566 FREECALL: 1800 556 995 VISIT: and

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Turf Sport Bar T u r f Bar is In the hear t of c os mop olitan M elb ou r n e...

FOOD: • Open Monday to Friday for Lunch & Dinner. Open Saturday for Dinner • Mad Cow Mondays with $15 Peppered Porterhouse Lunch or Dinner • Tuesdays $12 Any Pizza & a Glass of Stella for Lunch or Dinner • Wednesday is Parmageddon - $15 Parmas of the World for Lunch • Thursdays $12 Curry & Pot Special

ENTERTAINMENT: Wednesdays - Hit the Turf Backpacker Party, 7pm till late. $5 Pints of Carlton & Bulmers Cider & Vodka Mix, $5 Pizzas, $10 Burgers & Fish n Chips. DJ Finlo with a mix of Indie, Brit Pop & Retro. Fridays - Fixed Odds Fridays 6pm till 8pm $5 Drink Specials, Live Music with Battlestar Acoustica on the Turf Bar Stage, then Friday Flashbacks with DJ Robbo playing all your fav retro hits

BEERS ON TAP: Carlton Draught, Victoria Bitter, Pure Blonde, Fat Yak, Coopers Pale Ale, Cascade Light, Stella Artois, Kronenbourg 1664, Heineken, Guinness, Kilkenny, Bulmers Cider.

SPORTS: Enjoy live and replayed sports on our Big Screens and monitors, we also have 2 Pool Tables. AFL, NRL, EPL, A-League, International Rugby, Cricket & more... One of the closest watering

WHERE: 131 Queen St, Melbourne, Vic 3000 PHONE: (03) 9670 1271 EMAIL: VISIT:

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holes to Telstra Dome, not far from the G, it’s the place to be in the city before, during and after the footy, rugby and all the big events. Join our e-membership online for all the latest news from Turf Bar OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday 11.30am until late Saturdays 3pm until late

P.J. O’Brien’s

WHERE: Ground Floor, Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct, Southbank, Melbourne PHONE: (03) 9686 5011 EMAIL: VISIT:

FOOD: Seven days for Lunch & Dinner

• The Happy Oyster - Fridays 5 -7pm - Oyster Bar Specials

BEERS ON TAP: Guinness, Kilkenny, Carlsberg, Coopers Pale Ale, Kronenbourg, Hoegaarden, Heineken, Carlton Draught, Stella Artois, Fat Yak Pale Ale, Pure Blonde, Little Creatures Pale Ale & Bulmers Cider

THE CRAIC: Discover the craic at PJ O’Brien’s Irish Pub! Enjoy the fun, friendly service and atmosphere and live entertainment. Try our tasty traditional dishes washed down with a pint of the best Guinness in Australia. Over 30 local and international beers on offer, live music every night from Irish soloists to live party bands to get the crowd kicking on the weekends. Discover our Side Bar which has it’s very own Oyster Bar and private function space. Join our e-membership online to get all the latest craic from PJ’s.

ENTERTAINMENT: • Mondays - The Bad Penguins, Irish Duo • Tuesdays - Pat McKernan, Irish Soloist • Wednesdays - The Coogans, Irish Duo • Thursdays - Peter Miller & Gary Carruthers, Aussie Duo • Fridays - 6-9pm Irish Duo The Bad Penguins then later The Big Bang Live Party Band • Saturdays - Sexual Chocolate Live Party Band • Sundays - Irish Session with Pat McKernan from 5pm & DJ Finlo from 9pm • Sundaze - The Best Sunday Backpacker Night in Melbourne • Fox & Setanta Sports

OPENING HOURS: Seven days a week until late

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Lucky Coq

Bimbo Deluxe FOOD: $4 Pizzas Mon-fri 12pm-4pm Sun-thur 7pm11pm and sat 7-9pm. Kitchen open 12pm-2:30am every day ABOUT: Bimbo Deluxe. A place far removed from planetary reality where a well loved lounge can blur the line between relaxation and revelry. Whatever you’re searching for, chances are you’ll find it here. From a cheap eat, to a game of pool, coffee over scrabble to a raucous night out. On any day or night you can expect to find an eclectic bunch of bohemians feasting on the offerings (and $4 pizza’s). On any of the 7 nights you’ll be able to catch Melbourne’s finest and freaky spinning styles from tech to disco, rock to Motown and everything in between. But! Not only is it a sample of everything for the groove gifted, to fill your stomachs we have a diverse range gourmet pizza cooked until 2:30am daily. Get in from 12-4pm weekdays, 7-11pm Sunday- Thursday & 7-9pm Saturdays and you’ll find they’re only $4! So for a cheap feed, great dance or loungy booze.. look no further! We’ve even made sure the suits and ties won’t make it in!

FOOD: $4 Pizzas Mon-Fri 12pm-4pm, Mon-Thur 7pm11pm, Fri-Sat 7pm-9pm and all day Sunday till 11pm. Kitchen open 12pm-2:30am every day ABOUT: Opening in April 2006 Lucky Coq has grown into a local favorite. With emphasis being on comfort, value and entertainment, everyday is different at Lucky. The famous pizzas take centre stage every lunch and dinner, and with a $4 price tag it’s hard to resist. Entertainment is a real focal point at Lucky Coq, each night being different. On any given night you can find free table tennis, free pool table, movie nights, BBQ’s, live bands, djs playing House, Disco, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock, Dub & Reggae. On top of giving the punter something yummy in their tummy and being entertained ‘The Coq’ takes great pride in what the customers come for…drinking. With a continually changing tap beer list you will always have a huge option of the best new and old beers of Australia and around the world. Cocktails are of the highest quality and with a knowledgeable bunch of bar staff all taste buds can be catered for. Boasting a stunning outdoor rooftop attached to a second level full of comfy couches and a relaxed atmosphere Lucky Coq is the perfect retreat in summer or winter.

WHERE: 179 Chapel St, Windsor, VIC 3181 PHONE: (03) 9525 1288 VISIT: HOURS: Mon-Sun 12pm-3am

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WHERE: 376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC, 3860 PHONE: (03) 9419 8600 VISIT: HOURS: Mon-Sun 12pm-3am No Cover charge... Ever.

Worth a shout in Melbourne From the lack of a name on the front and the avoidance of door number you’d not be blamed for thinking you’d passed through a secret vortex into China upon stumbling into this little Melbournian bar. Situated in a lane off Chinatown, the theme is kept to the very last detail with propaganda style pictures hanging on the wall, little wooden chairs, and stools, and some good Chinese snacks all topped off with some great Tsingtao Chinese beer. Although this is a small bar and can get crowded the cocktail sizes are generous, and the bar will even keep your bottle in between visits - making the clientele seemingly made up of regulars, but nonetheless quite a cool and funky bunch. The name ‘Double Happiness’ is derived from the Chinese symbol for happiness, doubled to show good fortune, and is quite apt as you’ll definitely leave a little merry! DOUBLE HAPPINESS 21 Liverpool St, Melbourne (03) 9650 8859


If you’re wanting to do something a little more than just sit in the pub whilst in Melbourne, then why not head up to Rooftop Cinema. Showcasing a huge selection of art house, cult and new films, you can take in the amazing Melbourne skyline whilst sitting on deck chairs, sipping a drink and broadening your horizons. Situated atop some of the city’s most popular bars bars, it definitely is a very ‘cool’ crowd, but is also amazing fun. With films like Ferris Bueller’s Day off sitting next to Labrynth in its program, its definitely worth clearing a couple of hours to go and enjoy some sky high al fresco movies. ROOFTOP CINEMA On top of Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne City (03) 9663 3596


Probably the coolest jazz club you will ever visit, the Kitten Club is split over two levels, the first holding a ridiculousy well stocked cocktail bar full of wonderment, a restaurant with asian and Mediterranean inspired dishes, and a ladies only powder room, full of treats – as it should be. Climbing the staircase you’re transcended into an environment that would probably most suit James Bond and Pussy Galore. The Galaxy Space is where you’ll find an ever-changing line up of jazz, swing, live comedy, cabaret, and film to keep you thoroughly entertained, and enough dark corners if you fancy your own entertainment, in two words Tony Starr’s Kitten Club is pure brilliance. KITTEN CLUB Lv 1, 267 Little Collins Street, Melbourne (03) 9650 2448


Stuffed animals, palm trees, an ostritch guarding the bar, a giraffe waiting for a pint, welcome to the crazy house. Once associated with Melbourne’s murky underworld of gangsters, the Carlton is now a place full of fun, frolicks, and the décor is something to behold. With velvet flock print polluting everything from the walls to the plant pots in vibrant colours, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a 21st Century kooky tropical wonderland, where not much makes sense apart from having cocktails and enjoying yourself, so you may as well go along with it. The outdoor terrace is laden with palms making you feel as if you have been transported to Miami South Beach, but with more reasonably priced drinks. Oh and not to mention it’s open til 5am Friday and Saturday night, so get ready for a good time. THE CARLTON 193 Bourke Street, Melbourne (03) 9663 3246 |

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P.J. O’ Brien’ s

FOOD: Seven days for Lunch & Dinner Private Function Areas Available BEERS ON TAP: Guinness, Kilkenny, Stella Artois, Coopers Lager, Coopers Sparkling Ale, Coopers Pale Ale, Carlton Draught, Pure Blonde, Tooheys Extra Dry, Heineken, Carlsberg

WHERE: 14 East Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000 PHONE: 08 8232 5111 EMAIL: adelaide@pjobriens. VISIT:

ENTERTAINMENT: •Tuesdays - Quiz Meisters Trivia, 8pm with food & drink specials • Wednesdays - Local Parmi Special $12 Chicken Parmi with chips & salad • Thursdays - Ladies Night 3-2-1 with drink specials, with Resident Party DJ • Fridays - Thank Guinness It’s Friday from 5-7pm with drink specials • Friday & Saturday Nights - Live Party Bands - No Cover Charge • Saturday Nights - Upstairs Balcony Beats with Resident DJ until late • Big Screen for major sporting events // Setanta Sports // Pool Tables THE CRAIC: Quiz Meisters Trivia Tuesdays at 8pm, Pub trivia with stuff on the tube - it punches traditional trivia in the balls. Hosted by Big Al, join in the fun at P.J.O’Brien’s with Free Entry, Drink Specials and Great Prizes, $10 Curry Special and $12 Jugs of Pale Ale and $10 Re-fills. Thursdays is Ladies Night with resident party DJ and drink specials for the ladies. Friday and Saturday dance the night away with Live Party Bands downstairs every week and no cover charge. Great food everyday and upstairs area available for private functions. Join our e-membership on-line to receive all the latest craic from PJs. OPENING HOURS: Seven days a week until late

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The Old Swan Barracks

BEERS ON TAP: Boaghs Draught - $5.50 pints and $10.00 jugs every day Hahn Super Dry $6.00 pints and $11.00 jugs every day ENTERTAINMENT: Northbridge is the heart of Perth’s entertainment district and The Old Swan Barracks is right in the centre. The Barracks Bar is situated in the Old Swan Barracks - one of the first buildings built in the City Of Perth. The Great Hall, in which the Bar is located, was built in 1896 and provides a unique and amazingly atmospheric environment to relax in and enjoy a great and fun night out. Every night there is something happening - ranging from Pool competitions to Bingo and Pizza nights. Every Thursday we have a barbecue night and you get a Burger Fries and Fresh Salad for $3.00. Wednesday nights is Pizza night with full size Pizzas for $7.00. Sit around our illuminated Whisky Barrels or relax on a comfortable sofa and enjoy a cold draught Australian beer or sample from our wide variety of spirits and cocktails.

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Paddy Maguires

We have a large selection of tap beers, local and imported, a selection of Australian and international wines, complimented by a food menu offering the best pub grub in Subiaco. We have entertainment six days a week, including a quiz night, karaoke and live bands on the weekends. So if you’re looking for somewhere to go for the complete pub package, then look no further than Paddy Maguires in Subiaco. We can also cater for your function needs, whether it be sundowners, birthdays or just getting together with friends. It is our aim to make your experience at Paddy’s a memorable one. If it’s live sport you’re after, then come and watch all the live coverage on one our four screens. We have AFL, rugby, cricket and soccer, so

WHERE: 328 Barker Road, Subiaco, WA, 6008

come and enjoy the atmosphere down at Paddy Maguires. What’s On: Monday - Challenge your friends on our regular quiz night every Monday. There are vouchers and prizes for the smartest on the night. Bookings need to made on the morning of the quiz, but be quick, the tables are usually booked out prior to the quiz. Tables are a maximum of four people. Tuesday - The West Australian Poker League is hosting a Texas Holdem free poker night every Tuesday. Wednesday - Cheap Pint Night and Live Music Thursday - Chase the Ace Friday’s and Saturday’s Live Music.

PHONE: (08) 9381 8400 VISIT:

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Rosie O’Grady’s

Located in the heart of Perth’s entertainment district, Rosie’s is a very popular pub catering for locals and backpackers alike. Rosie’s is Perth’s no:1 Irish venue to watch all your English Premier League, Rugby, GAA . We are also home to the Perth Celtic Supporters Club. Live entertainment six nights per week with some of Perth’s top bands. Backpackers nights are very popular on Tuesday and Sundays, with food and drink specials and Magner cider specials on three times per week. On St Patricks Day Rosie’s boasts one of the biggest Paddy’s parties in Australia with six live bands and Irish dance troops. A day not to be missed. So for good craic with top entertainment check out Rosie O’Grady’s and enjoy the Irish pub atmosphere.

WHERE: Cnr James and Milligan St, Northbridge, Perth WA PHONE: (08) 9328 1488

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MONDAY - Mad Magner Monday Night TUESDAY - Backpacker Night with Big Ears Food and Bev Specials WEDNESDAY - Open Mic Night THURSDAY - Fenton Wilde FRIDAY - Dublin Rogues - Perth No: 1 Irish / Rock band. SATURDAY - Blue Gene one of Perth top commercial bands SUNDAY - Backpacker night with Big Ears Food and Bev Specials. Coming months: December- Christmas and New Years parties January- Rangers & Celtic February- Six Nations live

FAX: (08) 9227 7442 VISIT:

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