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“Authentic Old Sydney”

The Hero Of Waterloo
Ranked #518 of 5,982 Restaurants in Sydney
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed December 15, 2012

GREAT pub in a nice neighborhood, away from some of the snobbery that can be found at The Rocks. As a lover of history, it was AWESOME to knock back a few at one of the oldest pubs in Australia. The interior has been faithfully maintained in it's original set-up and decor (yes, if you're a tall fellow like me you just might bump your head on the doorway to the toilet). With all the old exposed stone blocks and dark wooden ceiling, you can almost feel the ghosts that are said to inhabit this pub.

They have a good selection of beer and the service is friendly and efficient. They had live music the night I visited and the crowd here are down to earth and just want to have a good time. Definitely recommend this place if you want to enjoy a drink or two amongst a great crowd and soak in a little Australian histor

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Thank Eric R
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Like other reviewers we found this almost by accident on our first night (a Friday) in Sydney, exploring The Rocks, starting to get hungry and there it was!! Simply could NOT resist the miniscule dining room behind the bar and the absolutely authentic atmosphere. Would love to be there in winter if that great fireplace is actually in use. We had excellent but cheap pub grub, orders taken by a crazy but friendly, rushed-off-his-feet Irishman behind the bar (I had the sense that it has ever been thus at The Hero). As we were eating, a live band (Green Jam) started playing in the bar and the music just added to the atmosphere. They were so good that we went through to the bar after we'd finished eating to hear more - would have loved to stay longer but were exhausted after a long day travelling. This is just a great place to be introduced to old Sydney - may it continue to thrive for a few more centuries.

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Thank bronwen23
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

This restaurant is supposedly the oldest pub in Sydney. It very well might be. We went on a warm October afternoon but could picture it on a chilly evening with a fire going! The sandwiches were very good and the bartender, despite his deep, pirate-like voice, was very friendly and accomodating.

Thank Eileen N
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

The Original Shanghai place, convict walls, ambience ozzing out of the establishment, what a great place of history, a definte Rocks Pub Crawl stop!

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Theres nothing flash about The Hero but it is our favourite Sydney pub. You never feel like a visitor and it's got a lovely old feel about it. Typical pub food and Guinness on tap. That's it, pure and simple.

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