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21 Best Places to Play Two-Up in Sydney | Man of Many

  • The best place to play two-up in Sydney overall: The Australian Heritage Hotel
  • In the Inner City: BrewDog South Eveleigh
  • In the Inner-West: The Vic on the Park
  • In the Eastern Suburbs: Royal Hotel Paddington
  • Best Places to Play Two-Up in Sydney at a Glance

    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,

    1. The Australian Heritage Hotel

    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.

    2. BrewDog South Eveleigh

    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?

    3. The Dolphin

    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.

    4. Manly Wharf Bar

    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.

    5. The Argyle

    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.

    6. The Vic On The Park

    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.

    7. Forrester’s

    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.

    8. Paddo Inn

    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.

    9. Clock Hotel

    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.

    10. Watson’s EQ

    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.

    11. Harbord Diggers

    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.

    12. Cargo Bar

    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.

    13. Erskineville Hotel

    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.

    14. Royal Hotel Paddington

    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.

    15. The Sackville Hotel

    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.

    16. The Golden Sheaf

    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.

    17. Coogee Pavilion

    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.

    18. The Newport

    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.

    19. The Woollahra 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.

    20. Kings Cross Hotel

    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.

    21. The Glenmore

    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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