The Hopetoun, a graceful, heritage-listed corner pub in Surry Hills, has been boarded up since 2009, save for a brief cameo alongside Hugh Jackman in Wolverine in 2012.
It used to be an absolute hive of live music—one of Sydney's most legendary live music spots—with bands blistering tunes until the wee hours (The Chemical Brothers played there, as well as Sarah Blasko and Paul Kelly, to name a few). Some of us have fun, hazy Hopetoun stories, but a lot of us probably never had the chance to visit (basically looking at anyone born after 1992). The family-owned pub shut its doors afters being slammed with fines and police citations for noise in what is now considered to be a residential area.
But, after a decade of silence and tonnes of offers from developers hungry to score a slice of Surry Hills real estate, The Hoey is on the comeback. Owner Evangelos Patakas has announced the family will re-open the pub and bar in 2020. While details of The Hopetoun’s restoration are scarce, its revival won’t include live music due to those pesky (read: boring) noise restrictions.
Stay tuned for more details.
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