The Australian Youth Hotel is a beautifully restored pub tucked away in the quiet streets of Glebe (near Broadway Shopping Centre) and is truly a local's 'local'.
From the outside, the Australian Youth Hotel probably looks like any other suburban pub. Step inside though and you will be very pleasantly surprised – there is the quaint front bar reminiscent of the pubs you'd find in London, a great restaurant set in a room oozing with rustic character, and a fabulous sunny beer garden hidden away from the prying eyes of passers-by.
It was a gorgeously warm day and it would have been a crime to stay indoors, so we headed straight out back to the beer garden and settled in for some cold drinks and a hearty dinner.
The menu is modern Australian, and is everything that you would expect from a good pub menu – only much better. Since we were out in the beer garden (as opposed to seated at the restaurant), we ordered from the Bar Menu.
Options included the usual crowd-pleasers such as Salt and Pepper Squid ($16), Bacon Double Cheese Burger ($17), Fish and Chips ($16) and a selection of pizzas ($17-$20). There are also a few more upmarket mains to choose from, including Seared Tasmanian Scallops ($16/$28), chicken, fish and steak options ($27-$32).
Whenever I think of pub food I think of sausages, so I opted for the Pork Cumberland Sausages with mash, peas and an ale and onion gravy ($17). We also splurged on the 'Riverine' 250g Black Angus rib-eye ($29).
The food took a little while to come out, but that just gave us more time to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in the beer garden. When the food arrived, we were pleasantly surprised at the size of the meals (they were very decent sized servings) and very happy with how it all tasted. If anything, I might say that there was too much food – I generally have a pretty healthy appetite but wasn't able to finish my sausages.
Overall the service is good and the staff are friendly, there is a good regular crowd and there's always a relaxed vibe about the Australian Youth Hotel. There's plenty of room in the main bar, the beer garden, restaurant – so you can certainly spread out and find a comfy spot to while away the afternoon at the 'local'.
There's also a gorgeous upstairs function area - called 'Nude' - that would be perfect for a private dinner party or event. Check out the photos of Nude on their website.
One last thing I just have to mention: the restrooms in this place are gorgeous (well, the ladies one is anyway). Glamourous movie star lighting around the mirrors, very well presented and totally unexpected for a pub.