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23 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 like beers, sun, and mates to make this public holiday extra special. The simple game, which involves betting on the flipping of two coins, has maintained its appeal through the ages through simplicity and fun. 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 in Sydney to play two-up this ANZAC Day.

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

Our list includes the following highlights:

Now you’ve read 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: Anna Kucera

1. The Australian Heritage Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm

One of Sydney’s oldest pubs, The Australian Heritage Hotel has been and always will be the best ANZAC Day celebration in Sydney. The venue boasts one of the largest outdoor two-up arenas with games taking over Cumberland Street from midday. You can rock up straight after dawn service, these guys will be open from 7 am and will be serving up delicious bacon and egg rolls and coffee.

Address: 100 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9247 2229

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2. Forrester’s

Two-up hours: from 12pm

Whether it’s the Super Bowl, ANZAC Day, or any other important public holiday event, we can always count on Forrester’s in Surry Hills to put on a fantastic show. This year the doors will open at 10 am before two-up starts around midday. Keep your eyes and ears out for a performance from a live pipe band, delicious eats and plenty of good vibes. While the space isn’t the biggest, it only adds to the atmosphere.

Address: 336 Riley St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 8033 2665

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3. The Glenmore

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

Just around the corner from The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Glenmore is another great place to check out on ANZAC Day for some quality two-up. Head on down from one of Sydney’s best rooftop bars (with DJs) to the street and check out the show with live tunes from The Scots Marching Band and Hot Potato Band. Of course, there are plenty of refreshing drinks and some of our favourite pub grub in all of The Rocks.

Address: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9395 5151

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4. Greenwood Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

Doors open at 10:30 am and if other years are to follow, this is going to be one of the biggest two-up games on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Greenwood Hotel is a Tilley & Wills Hotels venue and will be donating $1 from every Carlton Schooner sold to Legacy. Two up kicks off from midday, there’s DJ’s from 4 pm, and to top it all off you can catch the NRL ANZAC round live and loud on the big screen in the southern courtyard.

Located in: Greenwood Plaza
Address: The Greenwood Plaza Rooftop, 36 Blue St, North Sydney NSW 2060
Phone: (02) 9964 9477

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5. Harbord Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

Sydney’s Northern Beaches will be treated to one of the largest games of two up at the Harbord Hotel this ANZAC Day. Expect live tunes, their famous car park BBQ serving up loaded hot dogs and cold beers all day long, and a special marching band parading through the crowds.

Address: 29 Moore Rd, Freshwater NSW 2096

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6. Watson’s EQ

Two-up hours: from 10am until late

If there’s a place to combine footy and two-up, it could be Watson’s EQ. Head to the courtyard from 10 am to play and simultaneously enjoy the ANZAC Day NRL game which will be streamed live on the big screen. Don’t forget to grab yourself a bacon and egg roll, a good old sausage sizzle, or one of their signature burgers which will be up for grabs too.

Address: Entertainment Quarter, The, 1 Bent St, Moore Park NSW 2021
Phone: 1300 440 263

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7. Verandah Precinct

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

The Verandah Precinct opens at 6 am on ANZAC Day for those who want to start their day nice and early with a B&E roll. Two up starts at midday and you’ll be treated to a sausage sizzle throughout the day. Like Greenwood Hotel, $1 from every bacon & egg roll and schooner of VB sold will be donated to Legacy.

Address: 55/65 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9239 5888

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8. The Buena

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

It’s the Yabby Racing that keeps us coming back to Mosman for ANZAC Day every year, but it’s the two up that sweetens the deal (from midday). Like other venues on our list, $1 from every Carlton schooner sold will go to Legacy and The Last Post will be played at sundown.

Address: 76 Middle Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
Phone: (02) 9969 7022

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9. The Richmond Inn

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

The Richmond Inn is keeping Sydney’s west happy on ANZAC Day with a $5 sausage sizzle, NRL Live and Loud on the Stadium Screen, and The Last Post at dusk. Of course, they’re throwing one of the best two-up games in Sydney in for good measure and $1 from every Carlton draught schooner sold will be donated to Legacy.

Address: 90 March St, Richmond NSW 2753

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10. The Log Cabin

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

The Log Cabin is serving up the biggest 2UP arena in Sydney’s west this ANZAC Day from 12pm. It’s all about honouring the veterans at this waterfront pub, with beers in the beer garden from midday followed by live music kicking off from 1 pm and DJs from 4 pm. You should also expect pop-up bars, a sausage sizzle BBQ, and DJs live streaming sets from the Red Bull Jeep Wrangler DJ booth.

Address: 20 Memorial Ave, Penrith NSW 2750
Phone: (02) 4711 3324

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11. Northies Cronulla Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

The games start at midday at Northies in Cronulla, but the pub opens from 10 am so you can come in early for a cheeky pint. We recommend hanging around for a commemorative bagpipe performance at 2 pm before the NRL action hits the big screens throughout the venue afterwards.

Address: Kingsway &, Elouera Rd, Cronulla NSW 2230
Phone: (02) 9523 6866

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12. BrewDog South Eveleigh

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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 try your luck, and enjoy over more than 30 brews on tap while you place your bets.

Address: Bay 1 Locomotive Workshops South, Eveleigh NSW 2015
Phone: (02) 8865 8345

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13. Paddo Inn

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

Head to Paddo Inn to gather and commemorate this ANZAC Day. You’ll find food specials available all day plus live music at two up from midday. The venue itself is on the smaller side of things, but if you don’t get in around midday, check out some of the neighbouring pubs as they have great overflow.

Address: 338 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021
Phone: (02) 9380 5913

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14. Clock Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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.

Address: 470 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9331 5333

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15. Harbord Diggers

Two-up hours: from 11am until late

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.

Address: 88 Evans St, Freshwater NSW 2096
Phone: (02) 9105 4888

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16. Kings Cross Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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.

Address: 244-248 William St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9331 9900

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17. Royal Hotel Paddington

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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
Phone: (02) 9331 2604

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18. The Sackville Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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
Phone: (02) 9555 7555

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19. The Golden Sheaf

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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.

Address: 429 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2026
Phone: (02) 9327 5877

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20. The Woollahra Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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 and plenty of schooners.

Address: 116 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025
Phone: (02) 9327 9777

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21. Erskineville Hotel

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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
Phone: (02) 8587 4400

22. The Dolphin

Two-up hours: from 10am until late

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

Address: 412 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: (02) 9331 4800

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23. Manly Wharf Bar

Two-up hours: from 12pm until late

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
Phone: (02) 9977 1266

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Alternatives to These Two Up Venues

The venues we’ve included above are the best of the best when it comes to two-up in Sydney. However, there are plenty of other venues worth visiting, they include the following options:

Your FAQs Answered

What time does two-up start?

Two-up usually starts from midday in Sydney.

What time is The Last Post played on ANZAC day?

Typically, 4.45 pm. However, some venues wait until sundown which is around 5:15 pm.

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