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The Mercantile Hotel

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by Janelle (subscribe)
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Published December 21st 2017
Australia's Oldest Irish Pub
Built in 1914 and opened in 1915 The Mercantile Hotel is arguably Australia's oldest Irish pub. Guinness is on tap but the food is typical pub grub not all Irish stew and bangers and mash. The Mercantile is open daily for lunch and dinner as well as weekend breakfasts from 8am. Sitting out the front is great for people watching during the week but can be very crowded on weekends as The Rocks Markets is located on this part of George Street.

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Outlook on George Street (image JW)

Weekday pub grub lunch for $12 is great value in this part of Sydney. Specials menu includes fish & chips, 200g rump steak, Caesar salad with chicken, cheeseburger & chips and chicken schnitzel & chips. Grab a salad to share or a bowl of vegetables for an extra $5. The menu has a wide range of dishes from $19 to $36 and four $8 choices for children. During the evenings there are $15 specials, sometimes including a drink.

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Fish and chips (image JW)

The fish was fresh and cooked well in clean oil but definitely needed the salad to add a bit of colour to the meal.

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Side salad (image JW)

The rump steak was tasty and tender and also went well with the salad. The servings are not huge but are more than enough for a quick lunch. The staff at the hotel are very friendly and the patrons are a mix of local workers and tourists.

Steak, pub grub, lunch, value, Sydney
Steak special (image JW)

Weekday afternoons from 5-7 everyone is happy with $5 beer, wine & spirits. There is live music from 7pm on Thursdays & Fridays and from 3 pm on weekends. The hotel will also cater for functions and has a few options for venues as well as catering. Accommodation including breakfast is available on levels 1 & 2 and is very popular with cruise ship passengers.
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Why? Cheap food, good drinks in a historic location
When: Sunday-Thursday 10am to Midnight, Friday & Saturday 9am to 1am
Phone: 02 9247 3570
Where: 25 George Street, The Rocks
Cost: Very reasonable, $12 weekday lunch specials
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