Always packed to the rafters with Irish workers and backpackers.
Pub has an outdoors veranda, which doubles up as the smoking section. If you don’t mind the smoke, the outdoors section is a pleasant place to have drinks and dinner.
The indoors sections are stock-standard with fairly dated deco but do the job.
Bar staff are all irish girls, mostly unfriendly, and many downright rude. The bar is manned by lemon-lipped, sour-faced, forthright lasses. Also, when patiently waiting for service, in this joint it seems ‘he-who-shouts-the-loudest’ gets served first. So, please ditch the niceties of normal civilised society and jostle for the attention of the not-so-fair maidens at the counter.
On Thursday nights from 6-10pm you get a free steak or schnitzel with the purchase of a drink.
Now, we all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch (or dinner, or steak, as it were). So what’s the catch? Drink must be worth at least $4, and you must purchase at least one side. Of course, no one tells you this until the stout lassie on the other side of the bar is staring you down as she impatiently waits to take the orders of the others in the long queue behind you.
To be fair, the meal is really, really lovely, albeit on the small side. $1.70 gets you a dollop of mash, or a few spoonfuls of boiled veg, or a handful of chips. $1.50 buys you some gravy.
Kudos to the chef. Pass on the staff, thanks very much.
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