Theatrical pub grub
If you think the cost of a night out at the theatre is steeper than Mount Everest, think again. At The Old Fitzroy Hotel you can get their famous ‘beer, laksa and a show’ ticket for only $35. And on ‘cheap Tuesdays’ you can get the same amazing deal for a miniscule $25.
The Old Fitz is a cosy timber-and-brick pub with a roaring fire (in winter) and over a dozen beers to choose from. It’s perfect for a taste of the ‘Old Country’ and just what you’d expect from a turn-of-the-century pub. Out the back, the delicious aromas from the wildly popular kitchen fill the air. The aforementioned and justifiably famous laksa comes in gargantuan bowls and is packed with ‘expensive’ ingredients – prawns, chicken and tofu galore.
Up the narrow staircase, you’ll find a chilled-out lounge featuring a never-lonely pool table and the kind of retro decor that improves as the night goes on. It’s a different world up here. The urban tunes are more noticeable, the crowd is younger and the vibe is ultra-relaxed.
The jangling of the theatre bell announces that tonight’s show is about to begin. Wind your way into the bowels of the pub to the compact theatre with its chipped black walls and friendly bench seating. Home to local legends the Tamarama Rock Surfers’ Theatre Company, this playhouse is known for nurturing the rising young stars of independent theatre. You might catch a full-length drama, a spot of hip-hop theatre, a classic play or a monologue. Whatever’s on offer, a high standard is guaranteed.
After the show, hit the bar for a chance to meet the stars or just some of the locals. From diehard theatre-goers and tattooed teens to polite ladies in pearls, this eccentric little venue draws a fantastic crowd.
129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
(02) 9356 3848
Pub open Mon–Fri 11am–12am, Sat 12pm–12am, Sun 3–10pm; Bistro open Mon–Fri 12–3pm & 6–9.30pm, Sat–Sun 5–9.30pm; Stage shows on Tues–Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm