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The Darlo Bar

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by H. Clare Callow (subscribe)
A die-hard Melburnian who keeps being drawn away by luscious food and drinks. Be a pal and click the 'like' link below if you enjoy my article.
Published September 11th 2014
Chill out with a pint in the Darlinghurst lounge room
Wedge-shaped buildings always have a kooky kind of character. For the Royal Sovereign Hotel in Darlinghurst, better known as the Darlo Bar, this is doubly true. Not only is it an interesting piece of architecture, it's one of the craziest venues in a suburb packed with crazy.
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The Darlo Bar.

The Darlo is filled to the gills with character, and it's got the best beer you can find in Sydney. The truth of this should be evident to any passer-by, because it's got tables full even at four in the afternoon.


The pub is affectionately referred to by locals as Darlinghurst's lounge room, and it's really not hard to see why. Stepping into the place is like being transported back to that first share house loungeroom. In fact, I think one of my old couches is there. I could be wrong. This is the kind of vibe this place has.

Important things first: the beer. The Darlo Bar has an impressive range on tap, and at super-cheap prices. In a climate of charging $10 and upwards for good craft beer, I was charged a mere $7 for a pint of Vale Ale. I had to actually confirm I was getting a pint before I could believe it.

Housing a lot of beer and wine in a wedge-shaped building (not to mention accommodation) means there's little room to spare, and the Darlo has wisely outsourced its food. Nearby takeaways including Grill'd are on the menu. It does mean a mighty wait at times, but the convenience of being able to order food in is pretty well worth it.

The Darlo is an interesting, friendly, relaxed and kooky kind of place to spend an evening. I will definitely be going back there I have a couch there already.

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Why? A chilled-out afternoon or evening drink
When: 10am-12am Mon-Sat; 12pm-12am Sun
Phone: (02) 9331 3672
Where: 306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Cost: $4-$20
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