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The Best Places In NSW To Join In A Game Of Two-Up On ANZAC Day

The Best Places In NSW To Join In A Game Of Two-Up On ANZAC Day

I have a confession to make: I’ve never played two-up. It probably makes me un-Australian seeing and this game with a beer in hand after attending a Dawn Service is basically the quintessential way we honour our troops — but it is what it is. This ANZAC Day, though, everything changes.

This year will bring a more normal ANZAC Day than last, with plenty of pubs getting back in on the two-up tradition. We’ve rounded up some of the best places in New South Wales to try your hand.

#1 Hotel Steyne

Hotel Steyne on Sydney’s Northern Beaches has been a fixture of Manly since 1859 — which seems as good a reason as any to go visit. This Anzac Day the beer garden will host two-up from midday and live music from 6pm. 

#2 The Buena

 

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This historical Mosman pub is an iconic landmark on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The Buena will be open on ANZAC Day from 10am with a local bugler performing the last post, two-up from midday plus food and drink specials.

#3 The Clock Hotel

 

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As a Surry Hills icon, The Clock Hotel will be lining up the perfect ANZAC Day with two-up in the courtyard, DJs and the footy on TV this Anzac Day. Plus they’ll be raising money for Legacy.

#4 The Rag And Famish Hotel

 

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The Rag and Famish Hotel is the oldest pub in North Sydney, having been at the current site wince 1860, and the decor keeps a lot of its 19th-century character intact. You can join in for two-up from 12pm in the beer garden, with specials all day and live music from 6pm. 

#5 The Palace Hotel

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Two-up is especially important in the cultural history of Broken Hill, Australia’s first heritage-listed city. The famous Palace Hotel was an illegal two-up school for much of the 20th Century — something I never knew existed. Today it’s one of only two places in Australia the game can legally be played all year.

#6 The Dromedary Hotel

 

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Head down to the stunning south Coast to join in some two-up and live music from 12pm until 2pm. The Dromedary Hotel dates back to 1895 and has a long tradition of live music.

#7 The Park House

 

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The Park House in Mona Vale might not be as steep in history, but they put on one hell of a game of two-up. You can join in from 12pm in the outdoor area dubbed Truck Stop, and there’ll be DJ’s in the Garden Bar from 5pm.

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