The end of an era happens tonight. Much loved booze hang, live music venue and old man pub The Excelsior in Surry Hills is set to have its last hurrah tonight before handing over the keys to the Merivale Group, which plans to give the venue an overhaul, with TOYS Collective member and all-round star chef Dan Hong taking over the reins in the kitchen, giving it a Mexican fiesta flavour later this year.
Featuring $3 bubbly all day, jugs of beer at firesale prices and meat trays (yes, meat trays), supplied by none other than Hudson Meats, it's likely to be one hell of a shindig.
The Excelsior Hotel (for one last night)
64 Foveaux Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9211 4945
Other old man pub institutions that should be celebrated:
One of Australia's most famous pubs, but most wouldn't know it. Featured in almost every television commercial featuring a 'quinessential Australian pub', The Nelson features a huge oval-shaped bar, a ridiculous number of beers on tap and a classic pub food menu including a chicken parmie and great chips. Atmosphere like this takes a long time to cultivate. Soak it up.
232 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
(02) 9389 6032
The Glenmore Hotel
An Australian institution since its inception in 1921, The Glenmore Hotel's old world charm and olde Sydney towne locations has meant that everyone from the original working class, to tourists and todays locals have appreciated this slice of pre World War II harbourside gold.
You'll find everything from hearty burgers to Australia's national pub food, salt and pepper squid, as well as bangers and mash and steak sambos here, plus a shedload of beers on tap..and don't forget that priceless rooftop real estate at sunset.
96 Cumberland Street
The Rocks NSW 2000
(02) 9247 4794