The Bat and Ball is like a battered old sofa. Not that much to look at, but it's so comfortable you don't want to get up and leave. A strong supporter of the live music scene, the Bat has live music most nights of the week, usually from the up-and-coming scene, but occassionally featuring bigger fare.
The pub is situated right on South Downling Street (The Eastern Distributor) and a stone's throw from Surry Hills. The street is noisy, but it's drowned out pretty rapidly.
Beer is pretty cheap and good and cold, there's a pool table or two and the cover charge is generally no more than $5 (and mostly well worth it)
review by: pubguide staff