It’s that time of year again. Time to get your mates together, abuse some Queenslanders (or New South Welshmen, depending on which side you’re on), and have one more drink than your Mum would probably approve of. As our act of community service, we’ve lined up nine of the best pubs in Sydney to go and watch the game.
Save yourself the clean up, don some maroon or blue and get ready to become fiercely passionate about your state. It’s Origin time.
West Village, out Petersham way, is just a good old fashioned pub. They’ll be showing every game at their sports bar, running specials on burgers and pies, offering up $12 jugs of Toohey’s, and $20 buckets of XXXX stubbies. It’s kid friendly, and has a belting menu for when you feel a serious hunger coming on.
You’ll no doubt be shocked to know that Coogee Pavilion can, in fact, be found in Coogee. Ocean views, great vibe, $5 schooners of Toohey’s New and Hahn Super Dry pre-match and at half time, you can’t go too far wrong. Get in early, take up annoying amounts of space, and make a day of it.
Bondi Junction’s The Eastern is really getting in on the State of Origin action in Sydney. On the ground floor, in front of two whacking great projector screens, and for a minimum of four people, you can get a jug of beer, four burgers, and a selection of jalapeno poppers, chicken wings, and mac’n’cheese balls for $20 a head. If that’s not your jam, they’re offering $5 beers until full time, and their monstrous burgers are some of the very best in town.
The Oaks is an institution, a Sydney icon that’s been hanging out in Neutral Bay since 1885. Huge atmosphere, huge screens, huge steaks, and some very solid craft brews. You’re going to do just fine.
The Clovelly, one of the eastern suburbs very finest, is bringing it for Origin this year. Live and loud, it’ll be up on the big screen from 7.30pm. Grab some food and a good seat at this local’s pub.
The Marlborough Hotel
Doing Newton proud is The Marlborough Hotel. It’s a huge venue with a great menu (plenty of vegetarian and kids options as well). Just for the night, they’re going to be bringing us a beast called the Origin Burger, who knows what’s in it, but we’re pretty keen to find out.
The Newport has been one of Sydney’s cornerstones over the years. Recently renovated by Merivale, the megapub is pulling out all the stops. They’re busting out a huge outdoor screen up on the stage, as well as dealing out complimentary pies and sausage rolls at half time. Don’t think we need to say much more than that really.
Crows Nest Hotel
Originally established in 1929, the Crows Nest Hotel has recently undergone a major overhaul. Food, drinks, interior, the works. It’s paid off too. Fantastic food, great screens, and they’re not afraid to crank the volume up. Come Wednesday, the place is going to be buzzing.
The Royal Hotel
If you’re out Leichhardt way, get on down to local fave, The Royal. It’s another iconic venue that’s been given the restoration treatment, with fantastic results. If you’re after a rock-steady local to bring you all the action, this is the place to be.
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Image credit: Lisa Brooke at The Oaks