October 15, 2011 in Category Australia,Scarlett Adventures...,Sydney

Drink In Sydney’s Oldest Pub

Every guide book I read told me that ‘The Lord Nelson Hotel’ was the oldest pub in Sydney…

(I admit I only actually read one, which was more of a leaflet… that I skimmed. But still the fact was there in black and white)

As I love a bit of history and love a drink I decided that it would have been rude not to add Sydney’s entry to my list of ‘oldest drinking establishments to make a show of myself in’ while I was there. After wandering round for half an hour, (up the hill…down the hill… back up the hill…) I finally sat down to a ‘scooner’ of their signature 1-1-1 pale ale (trying desperately not to think about American Pie)

I thought everyone was, like me, just enjoying the ambiance of the pub… but my Mum had other things on her mind. Having just bought a Tibetan Singing Bowl (not  her strangest purchase of our travels, but certainly the loudest and most irritating when used as a alarm clock substitute) she was desperate to play with it… so demonstrating her utter lack of self control she got it out and gave it a tap…

As the huge “GONGGG” echoed around the walls, one of the old alcoholics piped up “last orders already”… followed by a chain of people going “no it can’t be, it’s too early”“quick get your drinks in”. The glare we got from the, now completely overwhelmed, barmaid was enough for us to drink up and scuttle out of there.


Walking back to my hotel, feeling ever so cultured after crossing another ‘oldest pub of somewhere’  from my list, I was gutted to suddenly see this right in front of me.

Someone was definatly telling fibs, but not wanting to be cheated I insisted on going in. After that I saw another two claiming to own ‘oldest’ title…

Needless to say the morning after wasn’t one of my freshest.

6 comments… read them below or add one

Dana October 15, 2011 at 6:54 pm

HAHAHAHA. Funny lady! I’m glad you didn’t try and find the ‘best brew in town’ or something like that… You would have been at it for days! Glad to see you’ve knocked one (or fifteen) down for your bucket list.


Simply Paul October 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Well at least you were thorough and I’m sure one of them must have been the oldest one to say you could crwhat was the instrument?oss it from your list.


plantdotty October 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

That was bloody brilliant! Your Mum shouldn t be allowed out!!!x


I Hart Travel October 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

I wonder if each pub that claims to be the oldest is owned by a different nationality. Like one might be owned by a Englishman, the other by an Irishman, and so on. Everyone wants to be the first :-)

What’s been your favorite beer to drink in Australia? I like Tetley’s.


Stefanie October 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Did you go back and try some of the other “oldest” bars? I drank at the second oldest bar in America when I went down to New Orleans and that place definitely looked like it was straight from the 1700’s!


Jen October 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

That’s an idea for next time Dana… x

It’s a ‘Tibetan Singing Bowl’ Paul… used for meditation, and as a torture method before 10am!

Plantdotty, she takes it everywhere with her now, nightmare!

Probably Tooheys Fidel, although I generally got given $10 wine in a box to drink… classy bird.

Steph You’ll have to get some pics up I’d love to see it, ALWAYS wanted to go to New Orleans! x


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