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Published February 8th 2013
Wine and dine with the ghosts at The Fortune of War
The Fortune of War pub claims to be the oldest pub at the Rocks, it dates back as far as 1828 and has a rich history.
A convict accused of theft, named Samuel Terry, was transported to Sydney for 7 years. To make the most of his misfortune he established himself as a merchant in Parramatta. He opened a public house, and a hotel known as the Fortune of War. It was the first liquor license ever recorded, but since then most of the historic pubs from the same era had been demolished or de-licensed, hence establishing The Fortune of War as the oldest pub in Sydney and gaining the reputation as a historic pub in Sydney.
It's associated with individuals with "colourful background" and also popular as "the first and last stop ashore" for the troops of Australian Armed Forces. A patron of Royal Australian Navy and Merchant Navy when they dock in Circular Quay. The tradition of celebrating among comrades still continues at present at this historic pub on ANZAC Day.
It has retained its old charm and had built an enviable reputation from the local Sydneysiders, interstate visitors and tourists from around the world, not only for its historical value but also for the friendly service that the staff provides.
Décor is basic, but comfortable. Memorabilia and pictures adorn the wall. Along the corridor of the pub, you'll be able to read the history of the place proudly mounted on the wall.
The Fortune of War has 15 beers on tap, local and imported. Choices of wine, from the hunter region, Barossa Valley and overseas, and varied choices of liqueurs and spirits. The pub also has delicious and varied food on offer. From the fish and chips, burgers, salads, burritos, steak and more to tantalise your buds. Meals are affordable, servings are massive and daily specials are on offer. The food is served Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 9pm. Then Friday to Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm.
The dining area is upstairs. You might even bump into a ghost or two! One of the staff said that there is a girl with a red hair who's been seen around. Another one said that there's a lady who roams the corridor at midnight! Fun!
They don't provide accommodation but Russell Hotel, which is just next door, does. They belong to the same people but are in a separate location. The phone number is 9241 3543.
Fortune of war also provides live band. Various musicians play from Friday to Sunday.
I've been to this pub quite a few times, and after each visit, I always say to myself that I will return. Each time I come back I am never disappointed. The ambience is relaxed, the staff are friendly, and it is the sort of place where you can just have a few drinks, eat and be merry! The location:
137 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
It's should only be approximately about 2 minutes' walk from Circular Quay train station, 5 minutes from Wynyard, 10 minute from Town Hall and around 15 minutes from Central. Keep walking towards George Street, heading to Circular Quay and you will not miss it.
The phone number is 02 9247 2714. If you're planning to go there with a big crowd and plan to dine, it's best to call them first.
Opening hours from Monday to Friday is 11am till late. Saturday is 11am till late.(till 12 till 2am or depends on the crowd) Sunday is 11am to 12am.