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Published June 5th 2011
The Epping Hotel is like an assortment of different pubs and clubs rolled into one. Situated on busy Beecroft Road, you can't classify this place as an average suburban pub. While it does feature the usual characteristics of a local watering hole - cheap beer and hearty meals - there's more to it than that.
The Epping Hotel sits right next to the train station.
The Epping is a curious mix of sports bar and pokies areas, bistro dining, a chilled-out lounge bar and even a downstairs nightclub. It might sound strange on paper, but this fusion of different styles somehow works to create a welcoming atmosphere for a whole range of people. And the variety of experiences on offer is a good indication that depending on what time you visit, the crowd can change completely.
The Epping feels like a number of different pubs rolled into one.
It may have a handy location right next to Epping train station, but this pub doesn't look like much from the street. Tucked between Thai restaurants and uninspiring shop fronts, your first glance of this place might not inspire confidence. But wander past the punters enjoying a beer in the outdoor area and you'll notice that this is a pretty popular spot.
Once inside, the Epping's looks take a turn for the better. You enter through the sports bar-style section of the establishment, with the usual screens showing whatever sport happens to be on. But nestled quietly off to the side are several relaxed nooks and crannies with comfortable lounges and cushions. These little hideaways are the ideal spot to set up with a few friends for some laid-back after-work drinks on a Friday night.
The nearby bistro continues the relaxed theme, serving up modern Australian fare in a contemprary and casual setting. Eight pizza varieties come in around the $20 mark, or there's a range of tapas to choose from. Most of the other mains are your usual pub favourites like steak sandwiches, nachos and chicken schnitzels. Happily, there's plenty of options for less than $20 if you're on a budget. The drinks are pretty cheap as well, so you can indulge in a few beverages without having to worry about the cost.
The last stop on a tour of The Epping Hotel takes you downstairs to Club Tracks. This nightclub draws in a regular crowd of local youngsters keen to head for the dancefloor. DJs from 10pm on Wednesday and Friday nights keep the partygoers happy, but it's not until an hour or so later that the place really starts to fill up.
The menu features plenty of the usual pub favourites.
A buzzing Friday night at Club Tracks could not seem any further removed from a quiet beer and a cheeky punt in the sports bar, and it's hard to believe you're in the same place. But it's the variety of experiences on offer that makes the Epping Hotel such a popular haunt among locals.