Monorail Pub Crawl May 25th

30 May 2013 9:35 PM | Deleted user

After days of rain, Saturday dawned dry and bright. We had a beautiful blue sky day for our adventure. A group of 15 gathered to ride the Monorail and check out some of Sydney’s city pubs. About a third of the group had never been on the Monorail so we’re very excited at the opportunity to ride it before it disappears. 

After a quick drink at the Watershed we jumped on the Monorail and headed off to our first stop – Paddy’s Markets and The Pumphouse which holds a key place in Sydney’s history. . (please see the Latest Club News for details!)

After our beers and some tasty hot chips, it was time to board the Monorail and on to our next stop – World Square and the Square Bar. The Square Bar is part of the Rydges hotel and offered a great space to spread out on their comfy lounges and take in all the shops in World Square. This was my favourite stop as being a red wine drinker I loved the HUGE red wine glasses they use to serve their wine. Definitely a place I’ll be going back to, to relax and enjoy some great red wine!

Before too long we were back on the monorail and heading to the City Centre stop and Gowings Bar & Grill located in the funky new QT Hotel. You’d be forgiven for not being able to find this little treasure as it’s tucked away on the 2nd floor of the old Gowings Building. The art deco entrance, tucked next door to the State Theatre, leads to a 1920s-style café. An elevator ride up one floor opens into a dark hotel lobby filled with leather armchairs, mannequins and a wall made of old leather suitcases! Around from the lobby and up a flight of stairs and you find yourself in a chrome and wood wonderland with walls of wine bottles and glass shelves busting with every known spirit. 

As is typical in Sydney – we stumbled across a fellow Canadian in the form of our waitress. She was thrilled to know a Canadian club existed! A few drinks, some more hot chips and then we were on our way back to the Monorail. Next stop Darling Park and the Helm Bar.

We arrived at the Helm Bar at around 5pm as the sun was just starting to set. One floor above the main concourse of Cockle Bay, overlooking the Maritime Museum and Sydney Aquarium it offers great views.  Again we lucked out on a great corner spot filled with lounges to spread out and watch the sun setting over the harbor as the group tucked into some delicious wedges and a few drinks. Before too long it was time to jump back on the Monorail and on to our last stop – Harbourside and the Margaritaville.

We strolled into the Margaritaville and were entertained by live music from 2 musicians. Singing all the old favourites we enjoyed a great sing-along. The group agreed it was a great day out and a chance to not only ride the Monorail but visit some pubs they’d never been to before.

Rumour has it another Pub Crawl may be organised for later in the year…

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