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A little overshadowed by its more famous neighbour

1 Bourke Street,

(02) 9357 1656

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For a while, I thought I'd gone back in time. The jukebox was belting out 70s rock classics and it all seemed to click together. The bells is not a modern, clean-as-a-whistle bar, but an honest to goodness pub. It's got a real pub feeling too, which made me think back to when I was a kid and my grandparents kept a pub in South Wales. The floor was the same, the walls were the same and the music seemed hardly different.

It's more than that though. The Bells doesn't seem phoney like some other bars I could name. It's just a straight-up pub, take it or leave it. Want food? They'll knock you up a toasted sandwich, but you won't get it served with a rocket salad. I've developed a soft spot for the place, overshadowed as it is by the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel across the way. On our review visit we sat at a table outside the Bells and watched the world go by. Across the way the Bay was doing a brisk trade. The Bells had about 10 punters, including us. Shame on you - try it out!
review by: pubguide staff

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Lee from Redcar England
Was there only us who drank there?????
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Glenda from Belfast, N.Ireland
Best drinking sessions i had in Sydney, made you feel like one of the family
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Emma from Redcar England
Had many a good drinking sessions in this pub. I use to work in the Woollooloomoo but would definately say that the Bells was the best by far. Really good family run business, keep up the good work. See you next year
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Norman from Redcar England
Had a few sessions here when visiting my Daughter Emma who lived up the road.Good family atmosphere especially later on at night.See you at the rugby world cup
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