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Fortune of War

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Address: 137 George Street | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9247 2714
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Great spot and interesting history which you can read in the clippings on the wall

Smaller inside than it looks outside. Great beer and great service. A very nice upstairs First Fleet bar and bistro which I found when I located the washrooms to decant the beer I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ron S
Oakville, Canada
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Oakville, Canada
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Smaller inside than it looks outside. Great beer and great service. A very nice upstairs First Fleet bar and bistro which I found when I located the washrooms to decant the beer I had consumed downstairs.

Thank Ron S
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great bar to have a beer and wine and enjoy the Rocks area. It is quite a small bar and can get busy, this just adds to the atmosphere. Always seem to nail a good singer with a guitar in the front corner. I have eaten upstairs a few times and the food and value for money has been... More 

Thank DaveMcd01
Inverkip, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At the Rocks area, a short walk away from all the Sydney attractions, that's why very popular. A public house for 187 years, built in 1828 by Samuel Terry, later known as Botany Bay Rothschild. He arrived in Australia in 1800 sentenced to transportation for 7 years, guilty of stealing 400 stockings. After his sentence he moved to Sydney and... More 

Thank Mina P
Helston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the many pubs claiming to be the oldest. Nevertheless great atmosphere friendly and pleasant staff. You can enjoy snacks or a full meal in the bistro. There is a lot of history to this pub and much of it can be read on the walls. It is centrally located close to Circular Quay and the main shopping area.

Thank John W
Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

I've been here a few times before, on recent visits to Sydney. You can get a pint in here but 9 ausd for a pint is a bit much...This is the only bar in cbd that I found was anything like a normal bar, even though it was full of traveller's like me.. Tonight there was an acoustic guitarist playing... More 

Thank Dave9960
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Small traditional pub in the heart of the Rocks. Live music was fabulous and got locals and Tourists dancing and singing.

Thank Louisa C
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Old, yes. That's why we visit places titled "the oldest XXX." Didn't find it smelly. Live music that was fun, not overly loud. Guy took requests & music was nice mix old & alternative. Lots of beer choices on tap. Prices in line with everywhere else in area. Actually has a bar at which you can sit. An aside, can... More 

Thank NancyAnn1990
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

This very small smelly hole in the wall of a bar has obnoxious bouncers and dimly lit and dank place to drink which is a shame because there is so much history here.

Thank S P
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

Never walk by without calling in for a pint of Guinness, the staff are great and always smiling. Live music is brilliant and when the place is busy it makes for a great atmosphere.

Thank Paul F
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This is reputedly Sydney's oldest pub ... on George Street in the Rocks area opposite the Museum of Contemporary Art. I love visiting this little old time pub because of its unique location, its history and its beers and bistro. Just a walk from Circular Quay (which in itself is an attraction) through the gardens adjacent to the museum, you... More 

Thank LuckyLennie

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The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighborhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.