As the dawn service comes to a close, and you've reflected on our soldiers' contribution to our nation, we'll forgive you for changing tack and starting the hunt for things to do on ANZAC Day in Sydney.
We've done the rounds to bring you a hit list of Sydney's most honourable ANZAC Day pursuits:
- some solid games of Two-up
- a list of Sydney pubs that are open for ANZAC Day celebrations (what's April 25 without great beer and good mates?)
- and the perfect places to relax and enjoy the freedom they fought for: commemorating a Sydney ANZAC Day with a view.
THINGS TO DO ON ANZAC DAY IN SYDNEY...
The Australian Heritage Hotel
The Australian Heritage Hotel's Anzac Day events are a digger's tradition with Australia's largest outdoor Two-up arena taking over Gloucester Street in The Rocks. Along with food stalls and an all-day BBQ, the kitchen opens from 8am to welcome veterans, family and friends with a beer and breakfast after the dawn service. There will be 130 Aussie beers available and live entertainment by the Scots Old Boy's Pipe Band. Definitely #1 on our list of quentissentially ANZAC things to do in Sydney.
Address: 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9247 2229
This year The Royal Hotel Paddington will be commemorating ANZAC Day with not one, BUT TWO Two-up arenas. Held across two levels of the newly renovated hotel, in the heart of Paddington, this is another hot spot when it comes to planning what to do on ANZAC Day in Sydney. Head there early to secure your spinning spot and to take advantage of the excellent food specials. The rooftop bar is a must for the best views in Paddington.
If the view factors into your decision as to what to do on ANZAC Day in Sydney, there is nothing better than whiling away your afternoon at the Manly Wharf Hotel. This ANZAC Day Two-up will commence from 1pm and DJs from 6pm. The perfect spot to try your hand at Two-up, beers and pizza.
Looking for ANZAC Day things to do in central Sydney? The Wild Rover is getting in on the action, commemorating ANZAC Day with jovial good will and whiskey. Doors open at 10am and Two-up will be played fervently till sundown. With Irish diddies over the speakers and $5 tinnies of beer, get into the craic swing of things.
The Newtown Hotel is another Urban List favourite, and one of our top picks for Sydney pubs open on ANZAC Day. After enjoying beverages in The Cider Yard, along with many rounds of Two-up, the Newtown Hotel is hosting a major line-up of DJs to keep you commemorating into the wee hours. Get into the extensive range of boutique ciders and delicious nighttime menu. Another top pick of things to do this ANZAC Day in Sydney.
Address: 174 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9557 6399
Built in 1885 this stunning Balmain pub is a Sydney institution and the annual ANZAC Day commemorations are a must on the local calendar. Renowned for the largest Two-up ring in Balmain, settle in for the day, enjoy Wagyu steaks, roasts and all the traditional pub fare, while taking your beer on the sunny and spacious balcony.
The Sugarmill will be setting up its own Two-up arena to get the action going, and for the NRL fans the Roosters versus Dragons game will be live on the big screens. To whet your appetite try the $10 steaks and $4.80 VBs available all day and night.
Address: 37 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9368 7333
Situated in the heart of Leichhardt, The Royal hotel has held pride of place since 1886 and is a True Blue Aussie affair on ANZAC Day. The Two-up arena will commence in the main bar from 2pm, and to keep you entertained, live music will be on stage from 9pm. The gorgeous renovations are worth checking out alone—the excellent pub fare is also a major draw card.
From midday the Two-up festivities begin at the beautiful Woolwich Pier Hotel - another Sydney pub open on ANZAC Day. Award-winning food, incredible views across to Cockatoo Island and the Harbour Bridge, and a fantastic array of drinking and dining options make this an impeccable choice for your ANZAC Day commemoration.
One of Paddington's favourite old pubs, the Four in Hand will be remembering our ANZACs with its traditional Two-up rounds, all commencing at the midday mark. After major renovations the kitchen's offerings will be better than ever and AFL, Rugby and League games will be screening live.
If you are heading to Darling Harbour, Cargo Bar is holding a traditional Aussie Anzac Day BBQ, grilled onion and simmering meat aromas will be wafting across the beer garden, while you enjoy the harbour views. With a line-up of nine DJs, the beats will keep you entertained long into Anzac Eve and the long weekend.
Address: 52 – 60 The Promenade, King Street Wharf NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 8070 2424
Image credit top: Jen's Bookshelf
Image credit below: The First Battalion Association