What better way to experience the Rocks in Sydney, than to check out some of the classic pubs in the historic area. Our itinerary was a mix of the old and new, but having an itinerary is essential if you want to keep on track and make it to all your destinations.
We started off at the less classic and less historic Jackson 's on George for their happy hour $10 jugs of beer and cocktails. Being struggling students, we cashed in on the drinks, and overstayed the scheduled time. Once we were done, a whistle was blown to round up the troops, as we headed deep into the Rocks to The Australian Hotel. On any pub crawl, a food stop is a must to ensure everybody has energy to keep on crawling. This establishment is a local folklore for their range of exotic pizzas. On the menu included Peking Duck, Emu and Moroccan Lamb, and also non-pizza items to satisfy any hungry beast.
The Australian Hotel - a place for exotic pizzas in between the beers
With our bellies full, but behind schedule, we made the hard decision of setting aside the intended destination (The Mercantile). However, the night was young as we moved away from the relaxed pub environment and joined Sydney's party crowds.
Next stop was the Löwenbräu, a Munich-style beer hall, stocked with exotic beers, German cuisine and live music from the Oom Pah Pah band. The Bar downstairs is a relaxed, chilled atmosphere, great for a catch up conversation. The Überbar upstairs is set up on Friday and Saturday nights for those wanting a party atmosphere. The crowd is young, friendly and energetic, the bar overflowing with beer enthusiasts seeking their next beverage.
The Argyle, fancy lights, bars upstairs and downstairs (pictured), a dance area upstairs on Friday and Saturday nights
Our final destination, The Argyle, was the classiest of the establishments that we chose to visit, so we had warned everyone to scrub up, and put a collar and some nice shoes on. Downstairs is decked out with comfy couches and tables for those who want to try and have a conversation over the pumping music. Upstairs is where you will find the dance enthusiasts party their night away.
So if you want to experience the historic and modern Sydney, make an itinerary (and possibly print a map), bring a whistle to ensure no one gets left behind, and head to the Rocks to experience an old and new Sydney, brimming with life, lovely views and why we are known as a drinking nation.