The BRAG's Guide to: ANZAC DAY
Saturday April 25
It’s called: ANZAC Day Neighbourhood Block Party
What to see and do: We’re holding a Neighbourhood Block Party for everyone in the area to get involved and to celebrate the centenary. Bring your family, your neighbours and your mates to the Annandale Hotel on ANZAC Day!
Our Neighbourhood Block Party is a chance to get together as a community, a day for the Inner West to congregate and celebrate, which isn’t something that happens often – and what better reason than the centenary? There will be local craft beers, an all-day Aussie BBQ, great tunes… and it wouldn’t be ANZAC Day without two-up, right?
For our ears: We’ve got awesome tunes lined up for the day with some of our favourite local bluegrass bands set to take the stage. The live bands kick off from 2pm with Lucky Luke And His Shooting Stars. There will also be sets from Big Blind Ray, Laura and The Blackjacks and our headliners Green Mohair Suits. Their fun and innovative take on country, folk and bluegrass music gets the crowd up and moving every time!
Bevvy of choice: We’ll be serving Bloody Marys all day as per usual at the Annandale, they’re our favourite. We’ve also got some great local craft beers on offer, but it wouldn’t be ANZAC Day without raising a VB schooie to the diggers!
Getting in the ANZAC spirit: We’re picking Green Mohair Suits as the standout of the day, but the whole block party vibe is something that will be pretty special.
Two-up tips: We’re torn… we know everyone usually sticks to the tip ‘tails never fails in New South Wales’, but for us it’s ‘go early, go hard, go heads!’
Cost: Free – it’s a neighbourhood block party. We just want everyone to get together and get involved!
Where: 17 Parramatta Rd, Annandale
When: Saturday April 25, open from 8am
What to see and do: Live music Friday, two-up Saturday and more music Sunday arvo. See colourful characters and weirdos of Glebe, meet Georgie the cockatoo. The pub’s like a scene from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest!
For our ears:Friday April 24, 7:30pm: Pat Byrne, a great, talented muso. Saturday April 25: Glebe’s best two-up from 1pm, complete with a few diggers! Saturday April 26, 6:15pm: live music from Jamie Haffey, you’ll have a hoot.
Bevvy of choice: You name it, we’ve got it!
Getting in the ANZAC spirit: Play the great Aussie game of two-up within the surrounds of the Friend In Hand and its characters.
Two-up tips: Heads is a winner every time… I think?!
Cost: Two-up is absolutely free.
Where: 58 Cowper St, Glebe
When: Friday April 24 – Sunday April 26
It’s called: ANZAC Day at the Marly
What to see and do: Two-up from midday, bands from 6pm and $6 snags on a roll!
For our ears: Live rock’n’roll covers bands from 6pm.
Bevvy of choice: Can’t ever go past a Resch’s or a local beer in Young Henrys’ Newtowner.
Getting in the ANZAC spirit: Beer and snag in hand and two-up in the public bar of a pub in the heart of Newtown.
Two-up tips: For good luck smooch up toour spinners,Kent and Benny on the day!
Cost: Free entry. Awesome pub meals, great selection of beers and $6 snags on a roll.
Where: The Marlborough Hotel, 145 King St, Newtown
When: Saturday April 25
What to see and do: Located in prime position for the dawn service proceedings in Martin Place and as one of Sydney’s much-loved CBD stalwarts, Martin Place Bar will be hosting a Diggers’ Breakfast BBQ from 6-10am on the alfresco terrace, boarding the iconic Martin Place forecourt, featuring free-range bacon and egg rolls and gourmet sausage sandwiches on Sonoma Bakery sourdough ($7 each). The bar will be in full operation offering a vast selection of wines, beers and spirits throughout the day. Following on from breakfast, a tailored bistro favourites menu will be on offer between 10am and 2pm featuring items such as Martin Place Bar’s delicious free-range chicken schnitzel and pot pies.
For our ears: Great Aussie favourites and party tunes throughout the day followed by Candelaria, the finest Latin party in the evening from 8pm.
Bevvy of choice: It’s ANZAC Day, so pretty much everything. Martin Place Bar features a large selection of local, international and craft beers and ciders available on tap and bottled, spirits and a noteworthy wine list boasting an array of cellar-aged Australian wines.
Getting in the ANZAC spirit: Prime location boarding the Martin Place ANZAC Day proceedings, killer B&Es from the Martin Place Bar Terrace BBQ and of course the large array of beers on tap.
Two-up tips: Heads!
Cost: Free entry, $6 B&Es and sausage sandwiches
Where: 51 Martin Place, Sydney
When: Saturday April 25, 6am – late
What to see and do: We will be celebrating the ANZACs with two-up from 12pm on Saturday followed by an open mic night on Sunday to keep the festivities going.
Bevvy of choice: The best drink for the day would be any one of our refreshingly cold beers on tap. If you do like a good ol’ drink special, try the $15 Tooheys New jugs and $5 house vodkas all day everyday.
Getting in the ANZAC spirit: The bragging rights will be for the few that end up on top after playing two-up all day.
Two-up tips: Always go heads!
Cost: Zilch, it’s a free event – it will only cost you as much as you lose on two-up. We’re offering a great food special with a $20 Pie’n’Pint deal – any of our delicious house-made pies with a pint of Tooheys New.
Where: 162 St Johns Rd, Glebe
When: Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26 – bar opens at 9am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday
What to see and do: Two-up from midday until 6pm, hosted by ‘Magic’ Dave.
For our ears: Live music in the yard from 4pm with The Angry Scotsmen.
Bevvy of choice: Beer, beer and more beer.
Getting in the ANZAC spirit: You’ll be bragging about your two-up winnings on Monday for sure!
Two-up tips: It’s definitely going to be either heads or tails.
Cost: No entry fee and our deliciously tasty menu is available as always, as well as a spit roast in the yard.
Where: 345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
When: Saturday April 25 from 10am
It’s called: ANZAC Day at the Workers
What to see and do: Miss Penny D will be hosting tranny two-up from 2pm to add some spice to the age old tradition.
For our ears: Live acoustic guitar with our own Heath from 6-9pm and DJs when the sun goes down till 3am.
Bevvy of choice: Tinnies of Fosters and schooners of Resch’s.
Getting in the ANZAC spirit: Prepare yourselves for some action and get your gamblin’ butts alongside Miss Penny D for an unforgettable afternoon of glitter and beer – what more could you want?!
Cost: Free entry, open till late.Once you have worked yourself up an appetite we’ve got you covered with an all-American style menu, teeming with only finger lickin’ goodness.
Where: Level 1, 292 Darling St, Balmain
When: Saturday April 25, doors open at noon