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Where's the Best Pub & Bar Food in Sydney?

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Published December 27th 2011
Pub and bar food can be anything from a typical British pub meal such as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash or Sunday roast to freshly prepared gourmet pizzas, burgers and fish and chips.

We have reviewed a number of pubs and bars on Weekend Notes, but now with your help, we will now list some of the very best pub and bar food hotspots.

I'll start with a handful of Sydney's most popular pubs and bars.

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German cuisine in Sydney, has proven quite popular, so I will start with Lowenbrau Keller. All the German classics can be found here; Schweinshaxn (oven-roasted pork knuckle), Schlachtplatte (sausages, chicken schnitzel, meat loaf and roast pork belly), Kassler Kotelett (hot smoked pork loin) amd Gemischte Wurstplatte (mixed sausage platter). Desserts are also covered; Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake), Ofenfrischer Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and Hausgemachter Sticky Date Pudding.

Grandma's Bar is another hotspot, which was recently reviewed by the talented Sarah Han. Here you can match your desired cocktail with a 'spaghetti jaffle' - and that's no joke.

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At 4 Pines Brewing Company, the menu is slightly more refined than the humble offerings at Grandma's Bar. While you sip on your handcrafted beer, you can try traditional pub dishes such as a ploughman's lunch, fish and chips, chicken pie, veal schnitzel, pork belly and eye fillet steaks. There are also special meal and drink days, for example enjoy a 'Curry and a Pint' on Tuesday, a 'Parma and a Pint' on Thursday or a 'Sunday Roast' on well, Sunday of course.

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Dolphin on Crown Hotel has a similar bistro style menu. The 'Grazing Plates' are quite popular here; menu options include 'blue cheese and pumpkin arancini,' steamed pork dumplings', soy and ginger quail' and 'salt and pepper soft shell crab'. If you want a traditional pub meal, you can opt for 'Sirloin steak', ' Beer battered flathead', 'Braised beef cheeks', Pot pie of the day' or a 'Chicken parmigiana'.

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The Bangor Tavern also has a decent menu which includes various steak dishes, which are served with mash and vegetables or chips and salad. Chicken schnitzel is also available, as is beer battered fish and chips and various pasta dishes. If you want pizza there are traditional toppings available as well as some unique options, such as 'Moroccan Lamb and Spinach'.

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There is also Harts Pub, where you can match your craft beer with a 'Harts Stopper Steak Sandwich' which includes a 150g Scotch Fillet or a 'Brewers Burger' which includes a Wagyu beef patty. The 'Hangman's Noose' is a linguine dish, while the 'Governor's Orders' is Chicken Roulade and pork schnitzel is also available. Finish your pub meal with a 'Homemade Beer Sorbet' or 'Mum's Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet' with vanilla gelato.

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One more contender, before we hand this question over to you; the East Village Hotel, where the bar menu includes 'Grass fed rib-eye', 'Wagyu minute steak', 'The East Village Ploughman's Lunch' 'Proper battered fish and chips' and 'Harissa spiced tuna salad'.

Sydney is home to many more great pubs and bars, so if you know of a great pub or bar serving quality food, please let us know about it by leaving a comment.

We look forward to your feedback.
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The Town Hall Hotel in Balmain. The balcony is great on a weekend. They have great cocktail specials and their Balmain Burgers are the best around - reasonably priced and a good size.
by shirl38 (score: 0|4) 2668 days ago
Can't go past the $10 CYO steaks at the West Ryde Hotel. Food, ambiance, etc are all great for pub grub.
by dlsc (score: 1|16) 2668 days ago
The Four In Hand pub in Paddington does an excellent Sunday roast: served on a big wooden chopping board, for that rustic feel, you get a generous serving of roast meat (usually beef or lamb) with gravy, roast carrots, potato, parsnip and a couple of yummy Yorkshire puddings. Delish!

Also, it's hard to go past the $10 meals at the Shakespere in Surry Hills. Not only do they do the good old steak 'n' mash/fries, but you could also get yourself a piece of Atlantic salmon with mash/fries and salad, a tasty pasta, or about 15 other meals.

For a great pizza or calzone, try The Rose in Chippendale. A great selection of both meat and vegetarian options, plus a great undercover courtyard out the back where you can drink and dine with a large group at one of the big wooden tables or have a game of pool as you continue to sink into the afternoon.
by Jane Utting (score: 1|10) 2667 days ago
Agree guys with Bangor Tavern.. the food is #1
by softu (score: 1|10) 2663 days ago
Definitely The Carlilse in Newtown! Best gnocchi in Sydney. Great menu all round
by tansa (score: 0|2) 2668 days ago
Will try the Four in Hand, haven't had Yorkshires in an age! Agree with the Shakespeare, mind you, it's been $12.50 meals for a fair few months now.
by visit (score: 0|2) 2663 days ago
Where in Sydney can you receive quality and value which matches PLAYERS bar @ Crown Hotel Surry Hills.

Crown Street is the heart of Sydneys Food district and this pub must be the best value in Surry Hills

There is a special only valid with a beverage purchase so if you are a teetotaller you would not be interested.

$10 Every day from 12 am to 9pm
330 gram ys Sirloin worth crunchy beer batted chips and salad
210 gram grain fed scotch fillet
Angus Burger with chips
Chicken Burger
Thin hand mad based pizza
Pasta , beef salad and more
by recep (score: 0|4) 2519 days ago
The Botany View Hotel on Kings St in Newtown. Great food.
by kim11 (score: 1|14) 2513 days ago

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