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Friend in Hand Pub

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Address: 58 Cowper St | Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales 2037, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9660 2326
12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 21:00

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Lots to look at and a live bird!

Unusual pub with lots of nicknacks to look at. There was even a cockatoo called George who is alive and flies about the pub! Staff were friendly enough. Worth a look in if you're... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2016
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled a cross this pub hidden away just like a hidden treasure. Wednesday night is exceptional with the crab racing. However we went on a Sunday lunch and a perfect place to relax eat simple pub food and a couple of drinks

Thank Anthony G
Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We held our son's 21st here in the upstairs function room.It was a great night, helped along by extremely helpful and friendly staff, an interesting room with lots of character and a professional but relaxed style of management. The food was plentiful and great from the bistro downstairs, the mini noodle and rice boxes were a big hit.The actual pub... More 

Thank Cathy142
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Unusual pub with lots of nicknacks to look at. There was even a cockatoo called George who is alive and flies about the pub! Staff were friendly enough. Worth a look in if you're in the area.

Thank Weesarah1980
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was very disappointed to visit this once amazing pub to find that the staff are now rude and unfriendly. I first came across this pub when I came close to buying a terrace next to the pub, back in 2003. I ended up buying a different house, a suburb or two away. However, every year or so I have... More 

Thank Maria C
The Entrance, Australia
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Not anything like previous kitchen owners sorry ... Been coming here for years to our Monthly Guzzi meetings.. Dinner was always exceptional..

Thank mcdermott93
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66 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Walking into this pub is like walking into a memorabilia shop that serves drinks and food. On display, everywhere, are signed photographs, signs, car number plates, currency notes from around the world and many more collectible objects. A live parrot "stands guard" and haves a chat. Note - parking can be a problem... streets are narrow, some are only one... More 

Thank Jeffrey S
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Words can't describe- do not come to Sydney without visiting this bar! Obscure fun guaranteed! Live music on Sunday's is great and meet raffle with a twist. Mick the owner is a bit of a comedian in his own right, what a laugh!

Thank Jamie H
Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Glebe is my favourite suburb in Sydney and I have always loved this pub. The Friend in Hand differs from a lot of local pubs in that it hasn't changed to attract the hipster crowd but has maintained its fun and friendly vibe. I recently had my birthday party upstairs and was overwhelmed by the manner in which the management... More 

Thank thebigdaz
Melbourne, Australia
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977 reviews
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Reviewed 9 April 2015

This old-style corner pub is shabby, funky and fun. Its walls and ceilings are covered with every kind of bloke-friendly kitsch imaginable. I attended a private function upstairs, where there is a bar, small dance floor, and table tennis. I'd been told the pub's meals can be poor; however the catering (finger food) for our party was fine. Service was... More 

2 Thank Alys-Schatzi
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82 reviews
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Reviewed 8 January 2015 via mobile

I am here to see the comedy on Thursday night. I came early to have dinner. The man behind the bistro had trouble speaking English and it was hard to understand him. Service was slow. I ordered the steak Diablo and it took about 18 minutes. I saw a lot of people who ordered after me getting their food before... More 

2 Thank Joel F

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An inner city suburb along the water, Glebe has a deep-rooted sense of cultural history and heritage. It originated as a semi-rural resort for the well-to-do, but has transformed into a student-centric melting pot. Visit Glebe Point Road for ethnic cuisine as standard as Mexican, Indian, Italian and Chinese, or as diverse as Spanish, Bavarian, Polish, Czech and Lebanese. You will find that Glebe is accepting of the eccentrics and aboriginals that roam the streets, integrating students and people of all economic statuses into the multi-cultural fabric that distinguishes this suburb. Glebe Foreshore is a great destination for a leisurely walk along the Bay, and the Saturday market is a great scene for bargain hunters.
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