It’s that time of year again when we pause, reflect and commemorate to honour our soldiers’ contribution to our nation. Whether you choose to do so by waking up at the crack of dawn, wearing a red poppy or downing one (or half a dozen) tinnies, ANZAC day unites all Aussies and Kiwis.
After the Dawn Service, there's no need to go hunting for the perfect brunch, beverage or venue to try your luck at the infamous (and otherwise illegal) two-up—we’ve got you covered right here.
Here are all the best establishments open on ANZAC Day in Sydney.
Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel
A day of drinks, live music and a mix of DJs hitting the decks, you’ll want to scoot on over to Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel this ANZAC Day. Playing one of the biggest games of two-up in Sydney, and followed by a Police Pipe Band, this is the perfect way to honour our soldiers’ memories.
If you’re out west this ANZAC Day, The Vicar will be open to churn out the freshest food and booziest drinks. Head to the north side to sit at the Sports Bar or outdoor terrace or check out the Brisket Bar for your share of some epic smoked meats. Purchase a tinnie from $6 while listening to the DJs on stage.
Vic On The Park
Get ready for another iconic Vic On The Park all-day carpark party. Complete with a tinnie and slushie bar as well as a game of two-up from 12pm-6pm. You’ll find the Dolla Bill Darlins and The Andy Golledge Band around this parts too.
The Beresford is serving up a midday rager with drag queen Maxi Shields hosting the game of two-up from 2pm. Grab yourself a pizza with your mates and celebrate the day until dark.
The Newport is serving up bacon and egg roll breakfasts for all patrons this ANZAC Day as well as the game, you guessed it, two-up from 1pm. With live entertainment playing out all day and ANZAC biccies being given out, this is the shoreside destination to be at. Free first drinks for servicemen are happening all day too.
The Oxford Tavern
Hit The Tav this ANZAC Day in Sydney for Australia versus New Zealand brewery tap showcase, two-up from 12pm until sundown and a smoker BBQ all day in the pit.
The Royal Paddington
The Royal bears one of the largest two-up arenas and one of the best laneway two-ups in the Eastern Suburbs so if you’re serious this ANZAC Day, this is the place to be. These guys will be open from 9am with the coin flipping antics starting at 10am.
Hosted by its resident trivia host Breko, the two-up gaming will kick off at 12pm on the East Village terrace but you’ll also find tunes all day by DJ Daisy plus Collingwood v Essendon and The Roosters v Dragons pumping on the Athletic Club screens. To quench your thirst, grab a $15 jug of Philter XPA.
The Glebe Hotel
Open from 11am, The newly restored Glebe Hotel will be running two-up between 1pm and 6pm hosted by Mizz Zindzi and MC Z. On the feed front, expect juicy lamb on the spit (available in the courtyard, with proceeds going to the Petersham RSL), alongside live music from 6pm until late. The bar team will also be heaving out limited edition Glebe Hotel tshirts with the purchase of two jugs of Furphy.
The CBD’s latest caffeine outpost will be open from 4am this ANZAC Day, serving up cups of the good stuff to those attending a city dawn service. The team at June's Shoppe will also be offering up coffee and house-made ANZAC biscuits with a dollar from every purchase donated to the Legacy Foundation.
The team here will be pumping from 10am until late on ANZAC Day this year with two levels, three bars, a public bar, lounge, dining room and open-air terrace all open. Harpoon Harry’s will be serving up a mammoth ANZAC burger and donations on the day will be tipped towards Legacy Australia.
The Dolphin Hotel
At The Dolphin, it’s all about one of the largest two-up rings in the area plus a curated playlist of Aussie classics. The team here will be pouring Australian beers with a selection of snacks including a spin on the RSL rissole sandwich as well as the full pub menu.
Bondi Beach Public Bar
Raise a glass this ANZAC Day at Bondi Beach Public Bar with two-up (hosted by the legendary Clinton Hor and Dan Clayton), Australian and New Zealand beers and one hell of a steak sandwich. These guys will be open from 11am until late.
The Bucket List Bondi
Head to the Bucket List for live performances by Brandon Evans and Dan De Caires plus an ANZAC menu to remember. There’ll be special sausage rolls (for $12) alongside The Bucket List’s classic menu and donations will go to Legacy Australia.
Whether your paying your respects with a stubbie of beer, a hame of two-up or a mouthful of ANZAC biscuits, the Paddo Inn has you covered this year. The front bar will be pouring from 11am until late with the restaurant converting into a giant two-up ring complete with a whole bar dedicated to tinnies and stubbies. DJs will also be on deck from 2pm until 7pm and you can load up on lamb pies, potato scallops and an ANZAC biscuit ice-cream sandwich too.
Want to keep the party going? Check out The Grounds’ neon-drenched dessert laneway.
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