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Address: 58 Cowper St | Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales 2037, Australia
Phone Number: 61 2 96602326
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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a fun venue

This old-style corner pub is shabby, funky and fun. Its walls and ceilings are covered with every kind of bloke-friendly kitsch imaginable. I attended a private function upstairs... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 9, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very disappointed to visit this once amazing pub to find that the staff are now rude and unfriendly. I first came across this pub when I came close to buying a terrace next to the pub, back in 2003. I ended up buying a different house, a suburb or two away. However, every year or so I have... More 

Thank Maria C
The Entrance, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Not anything like previous kitchen owners sorry ... Been coming here for years to our Monthly Guzzi meetings.. Dinner was always exceptional..

Thank mcdermott93
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Walking into this pub is like walking into a memorabilia shop that serves drinks and food. On display, everywhere, are signed photographs, signs, car number plates, currency notes from around the world and many more collectible objects. A live parrot "stands guard" and haves a chat. Note - parking can be a problem... streets are narrow, some are only one... More 

Thank Jeffrey S
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Words can't describe- do not come to Sydney without visiting this bar! Obscure fun guaranteed! Live music on Sunday's is great and meet raffle with a twist. Mick the owner is a bit of a comedian in his own right, what a laugh!

Thank Jamie H
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Glebe is my favourite suburb in Sydney and I have always loved this pub. The Friend in Hand differs from a lot of local pubs in that it hasn't changed to attract the hipster crowd but has maintained its fun and friendly vibe. I recently had my birthday party upstairs and was overwhelmed by the manner in which the management... More 

Thank thebigdaz
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2015

This old-style corner pub is shabby, funky and fun. Its walls and ceilings are covered with every kind of bloke-friendly kitsch imaginable. I attended a private function upstairs, where there is a bar, small dance floor, and table tennis. I'd been told the pub's meals can be poor; however the catering (finger food) for our party was fine. Service was... More 

2 Thank Alys-Schatzi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

I am here to see the comedy on Thursday night. I came early to have dinner. The man behind the bistro had trouble speaking English and it was hard to understand him. Service was slow. I ordered the steak Diablo and it took about 18 minutes. I saw a lot of people who ordered after me getting their food before... More 

2 Thank Joel F
Queensland Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2014

Daughter took us to this pub and it was a comedy night. Packed with people (tip - get there early but don't sit up the front unless you want to be part of the act). Cover charge was only $10 and it was well worth the fun. Many of the acts are newbies but what a treat. You can get... More 

3 Thank Sherry G
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

Went to the friend in hand with a few friends for the crab racing on Wednesday nights. had such a great time...lovely atmosphere and really good fun....Would definitely reccomend it. Complimentary bus home too

Thank Sydney-7771
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

This pub is a ton of fun and I would highly recommend it. The decor inside is quirky and fun and their token mascot is a white parrot that you can spot wandering around. Apparently you have to be careful if you're eating anything around him as he might steal your food. I was only there once with some friends... More 

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An inner city suburb along the water, Glebe has a deep-rooted sense of cultural history and heritage. It originated as a semi-rural resort for the well-to-do, but has transformed into a student-centric melting pot. Visit Glebe Point Road for ethnic cuisine as standard as Mexican, Indian, Italian and Chinese, or as diverse as Spanish, Bavarian, Polish, Czech and Lebanese. You will find that Glebe is accepting of the eccentrics and aboriginals that roam the streets, integrating students and people of all economic statuses into the multi-cultural fabric that distinguishes this suburb. Glebe Foreshore is a great destination for a leisurely walk along the Bay, and the Saturday market is a great scene for bargain hunters.
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