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21 Best Places to Play Two-Up in Sydney

While paying your respects to our veterans at the ANZAC day dawn service is the most important way of recognising and honouring our veterans, two-up is how we keep the day going here in Australia. There’s nothing quite as important as our veterans on ANZAC day with plenty of beers, sun, and mates is what makes the day that extra bit special – How to Play Two-Up: Australia’s Iconic Anzac Day Tradition. The simple game, betting on the flipping of two coins, has maintained its appeal through the ages. And we think it’s the simplicity that makes it so great. People come from near and far to find the best place for the all-important coin toss, and luckily, we’ve narrowed down the best places to play two-up in Sydney this ANZAC Day to help you out.

Best Places to Play Two-Up in Sydney at a Glance

Now we’ve had a look at our favourite places to play two-up near you, let’s check out the complete list.

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The Australian Heritage Hotel | Image: Supplied

1. The Australian Heritage Hotel

One of Sydney’s oldest pubs in the historic The Rocks precinct, The Australian Heritage Hotel is the go-to pub for Two-up if you’re looking for the traditional experience. The venue boasts one of the largest outdoor Two-up arenas in Sydney, with Two-up games taking over Cumberland Street from midday. You can rock up straight after dawn service, these guys will be open from 7am and will be serving up delicious bacon and egg rolls and coffee, followed by live music at 10am,

Address: 100 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-12pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone:  (02) 9247 2229

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BrewDog South Eveleigh | Image: Supplied

2. BrewDog South Eveleigh

This South Everleigh craft beer institution is one of the more underrated places to play Two-up this ANZAC Day, which is why we like it. Head out to the sprawling beer garden and try your luck, and enjoy over 30 brews on tap while you place your bets.

Address: Bay 1 Locomotive Workshops South, Eveleigh NSW 2015
Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thur-Sat 11am-12am (Two-up from 12pm – 5pm)
Phone: (02) 8865 8345

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3. The Dolphin

For one of the best places to play two-up in Sydney’s CBD, head to The Dolphin in Surry Hills where you will find the biggest Two-up ring in the inner-city suburb. The dining room is transformers to accommodate all your Two-up needs accompanied by an all-Australian classics soundtrack. Plus, they also serve up the ‘coveted’ ‘RSL’ (rissole) sandwich all day until sold out — what more could you want?

Address: 412 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm (Two-up from 10am)
Phone: (02) 9331 4800

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4. Manly Wharf Bar

If you’re in the Northern Beaches this ANZAC Day, Manly Wharf Bar pairs the iconic betting game with unbeatable views from the wharf jetty, where you will be playing. If that isn’t enough to entice, there are also DJs from noon to keep the party going.

Address: E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095
Hours: Sun, Mon-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 11am-1am (Two-up from 9am)
Phone: (02) 9977 1266

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5. The Argyle

Cobbstetoned-courtyard turned gigantic Two-up arena, The Argyle in The Rocks knows no bounds when it comes to the humble ANZAC Day coin toss. Combine hours of coin-tossing fun with live tunes and a quintessentially Aussie sausage sizzle.

Address: 18 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: Tues 5pm-10pm, Wed-Thur 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 4pm-3am, Sun 2pm-10pm (Two-up from 11am)
Phone: via contact form

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6. The Vic On The Park

Marrickville’s answer to your classic, local corner pub, The Vic doesn’t hold back when it comes to ANZAC Day antics. With one of the biggest and most lively beer gardens around, The Vic is one of the best places to play two-up in Sydney. And after the shenanigans, head to the main bar for some live music.

Address: 2 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Mon-Tues 10am-1am, Wed-Sat 10am-3am, Sun 11am-10pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: (02) 9114 7348

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7. Forrester’s

This Surry Hills pub will be opening its doors at 10am on ANZAC Day, with Two-up, performances from a live pipe band, delicious eats and plenty of good vibes. While the space isn’t the biggest, it’s the atmosphere here that we love most.

Address: 336 Riley St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Wed 11.30am-11pm, Thur 11.30am-12pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-1am, Sun 11.30am-10pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: (02) 8033 2665

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8. Paddo Inn

Head to Paddo Inn to gather and commemorate this ANZAC Day – there will be Il Baretto food specials available all day plus live music. If you’re feeling thirsty, grab a schooner of 4 Pines, $1 from every 4 Pines sold throughout the day will be donated to Legacy.

Address: 338 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
Hours: Mon-Thur 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm – 10pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: (02) 9380 5913

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Clock Hotel | Image: Supplied

9. Clock Hotel

This Surry Hills staple has been one of the best places to play two-up in Sydney since the Two-up tradition’s earliest days. Snag a spot in the courtyard if you’re willing to place some bets, or get in on the action from the balcony with fishing rods. Buy yourself a Balter and $1 from your purchase will go to Legacy.

Address: 470 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11.30am-12pm, Fri-Sun 10am-12pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: (02) 9331 5333

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10. Watson’s EQ

Combine footy and Two-up at Watson’s EQ — head to the courtyard at noon to play and sit back and enjoy the ANZAC Day NRL game which will be streamed live on the big screen. Plus, bacon and egg rolls will be up for grabs from 10am-11:30am. The perfect recipe for the ultimate ANZAC Day.

Address: Entertainment Quarter, The, 1 Bent St, Moore Park NSW 2021
Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-11pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: 0499 180 032

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11. Harbord Diggers

Freshie locals and visitors alike descend upon this Freshwater headland pub in the hundreds, one of the biggest Two-up events on the Northern Beaches, with the commemorative ceremony kicking off at 8am and then 11am for all Two-up fun. Because of its reputation and stellar location, you will have to pay $10 to attend, with all proceeds going to supporting returned veterans.

Address: 88 Evans St, Freshwater NSW 2096
Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-4am (Two-up from 11am)
Phone: (02) 9105 4888

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12. Cargo Bar

If you’re looking for a big night after all the Two-up fun, Cargo Bar is one of the best places to play two-up in Sydney for you. With free bacon and egg rolls, harbour views and DJs, live entertainment and drink specials running from 2pm until late, you can’t beat it.

Address: King Street Wharf Darling Harbour, Darling Harbour, 52-60 The Promenade, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Sun 11.30am-3am (Two-up from 10am)
Phone: (02) 8322 2005

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13. Erskineville Hotel

The humble Erko has an incognito beer garden that not many people seem to know exists, but for those who do, you will know that it makes for the perfect backdrop to flip some coins this ANZAC Day. Have a drink, play some two up and show your appreciation for our Aussie and Kiwi heroes.

Address: 102 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville NSW 2043
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-12am (Two-up from 10am)
Phone: (02) 8587 4400

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14. Royal Hotel Paddington

With two arenas, an indoor one and an outdoor one, the Royal Hotel Paddington is undoubtedly one of the best places to play two-up in Sydney. After all the fun and games, live music and DJs will be playing and collecting donations for Legacy.

Address: 237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm (Two-up from 10am)
Phone: (02) 9331 2604

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The Sackville Hotel | Image: Supplied

15. The Sackville Hotel

Rozelle’s infamous for ANZAC Day Two-up festivities, it having been embedded in the traditionally working-class town’s historic lineage. Taking place in their huge car park, join in for classic, unpretentious fun, with grandstand seating and a Balter beer bar.

Address: 599 Darling St, Rozelle NSW 2039
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-10pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: (02) 9555 7555

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16. The Golden Sheaf

Boasting the biggest Two-up arena in the Eastern suburbs, the infamous Sheaf will be taking things up a notch with stadium seating, grab-and-go Aussie snacks, a tinnie bar, and of course, DJs all night long. We would expect nothing less of The Sheaf.

Address: 429 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2026
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-1am, Thurs-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-12pm (Two-up from 12pmpm)
Phone: (02) 9327 5877

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17. Coogee Pavilion

For early risers looking for a feed and some Two-up post dawn service, look no further than Coogee Pav. Open for brekky from 6am, fill up on bacon and egg rolls and ANZAC biscuits before hitting the rooftop at 1pm for Two-up.

Address: 69 Dolphin St, Coogee NSW 2034
Hours: Mon-Sun 7.30am-12am (Two-up from 1pm)
Phone: (02) 9114 7321

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18. The Newport

This iconic Northern Beaches pub makes for the perfect backdrop to hedge your bets, with panoramic views over Pittwater and a massive outdoor space to host all the fun and games. With DJs spinning tunes all day long, The Newport is one of the best places to play two-up in Sydney if you find yourself north of the bridge.

Address:  2 Kalinya St, Newport NSW 2106
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-11pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: (02) 9114 7337

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19. The Woollahra Hotel

Head to The Woollahra Hotel this ANZAC Day as they turn the terrace into the ultimate Two-up circle. There will also be tasty food, live music and DJs — all you need for a cracking day of Two-up and plenty of schooners.

Address: 116 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 11am-10pm (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: (02) 9327 9777

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20. Kings Cross Hotel

For the all-Australian Two-up experience, Kings Cross Hotel is one of the best places to play two-up in Sydney. There will be sausage sizzles, bacon and egg rolls and local drag queens will be hosting the festivities, so you can guarantee it will be a good time. In true Aussie spirit, $1 from every VB sold will go to Legacy.

Address: 244-248 William St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-3.30am, Sun 12pm-12am (Two-up from 10am)
Phone: (02) 9331 9900

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21. The Glenmore

Head to The Rocks hotspot, The Glenmore and soak up some of Sydney’s best rooftop views alongside funky live tunes from local DJs and bands, schooners and Two-up games kicking off at noon.

Address: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-12am, Fri- Sat 11am-1am (Two-up from 12pm)
Phone: (02) 9395 5151

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Two-Up in Sydney FAQs

What time does two-up start?

Two-up usually starts around noon.

What time is The Last Post played on ANZAC day?

4.45 pm.

What is the best pub for two-up in Sydney?

The best pub for two-up in Sydney is The Sackville Hotel.

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Aimee O'Keefe
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Aimee O'Keefe

Aimee O’Keefe is a Sydney-based freelance writer with a background in content marketing, lifestyle, architecture and travel coverage. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications at the University of Sydney and has worked with Universal Magazines, various leading digital marketing agencies and The Local Project.