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Looking for a place to spend a night in the city
to save me a long drive home after a band i had tickets to see I
stumbled across the Lord Wolseley on this very website the evening
before. Every kind words that have been previously said about this
hidden treasure is true.
The owners and staff were super friendly and
helpful, making the place feel like a home away from home by the time
i'd finished my first schooner (which, being a tenant for the night,
was on the house!). Striking up some banter with the locals I
found they were not only open and friendly but very knowledgeable
in the important topics of music and horse racing. A shared Nachos with
my friend who joined me for the experience was tasty and filling. The
beer was cold and crisp and well-priced for the city.
The room was clean and comfortable and i had no
problems sneaking in a much-needed extra half hours sleep after
the designated check out time, the morning crew were very
understanding. Couldn't resist slipping in a couple of schooners of Old
and spinning a few tunes on the jukebox after my morning coffee just to
soak up a bit more of that lovely Lord Wolseley feeling (even when
empty at 11am) before my departure.
All-in-all the place was perfect for my needs of
the occasion and i totally recommend this pub unless you are
partial to modern sterility & expensive beer in small glasses.
review by: pubs4pete
20th Septempber was second-hand saturday in Pyrmont and Ultimo, and residents flocked to the park on the corner of Bulwara and Quarry, where the Lord Wolseley resides.
We'd been looking forward to this for a while, since the Wolseley is one of our favourite pubs in the area. It's dog-eared, homely, cheap as chips and above all else friendly, and of course we were in there by midday, tucking in to a Steak Sambo and a few schooners. The locals were having a great laugh, plundering the second-hand stalls for fancy-dress items and generally having a lark. The weather was fine, the community was out in force and the pub was full of life.
By the time we left later on we were fairly lathered but happy to have spent the day so productively. Cheers!
review by: Jason
We're off the beaten track again, heading for the Lord Wolseley in Pyrmont, prior to heading off to a housewarming, and getting the feeling we've overdressed for the pub.
It's a tiny local, wedged tonight with locals, the vast majority of whom are male, scruffy and knocking back copious amounts of the Amber. There are certainly no frills here, and it's not some family-oriented sanitised little hideaway. I'm quite impressed. Places like this seem to only survive when they're kept away from the main drag and allowed to flourish without feeling the need to refit the entire place in Pine and Chrome and start offering sushi and bottled imported beer. This is where real pubs still are and no mistake.
The decor is ramshackle, including a huge propeller suspended from one wall along with hand-crawled exhortations that the heaters are 'only to be operated by staff for safety reasons'. We stop for one, grab some take-out and head off. Two hours later and we're back for more take-out and the place has calmed right down into something far less hectic, and I feel like staying, but the housewarming is in full swing and it would just be bad form to vanish now, so we grab a six-pack and head off back to the party, safe in the knowledge that not every pub in Sydney has been sacrificed to the yuppies.... yet.
review by: Jason