[note: since this review (done in 2002) the pub has changed hands and is no longer quite the same pub. We'll line up a visit and re-review shortly]
Personally, I don’t much like it. It’s essentially a pokie and TAB joint – cleaner and smarter than the average, but nonetheless a pokie joint. The punters are essentially workies, all shorts, t-shirts and big boots, with a couple of laboratory pigeons hitting the buttons in the hope of a payout, making their drinks last all night in the hope that the last five bucks will pull off the big one. Kinda depressing.. Not our scene.
The walls are lined, at least in the back section away from the gaming, with Aussie sporting Icons. Shane Gould, Dawn Fraser, Betty Cuthbert all stare out into an essentially sterile atmosphere. The crowd is bizarrely quiet for the kind of place it is, maybe the fact it’s all so polished elicits quietness in some way, who knows. All I know is I’m finishing this beer and doing a Betty Cuthbert into the distance.
review by: Jason