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the 'retro hotel'

71 Sussex Street,

(02) 9262 5491 /

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The Bristol 'retro pub' is a pretty big place in the quiet zone of Sussex street between Darling Harbour and the Sydney CBD itself. It's neighbour, the Slip Inn is a lot more lauded than the Bristol, so the Bristol makes a lot of effort. Unfortunately the effort doesn't seem to have paid off, at least when it comes to making an impression on the hardened review team! We've visited on a couple of occassions, but we've never really felt comfortable there. With the choices of Moretons and The Slip Inn nearby, we generally don't stay for too long either. We can't really pin it down either. Perhaps it's the glitterball thing... Don't worry, we'll be making an effort and re-reviewing the place at a later date!
review by: pubguide staff

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Haydo from Tasmania
It'd be un-Australian not to.
3 May 2004

Big Fella from SW Surry Hills
Nothing like singing your lungs out to the tune of "Poison" by Alice Cooper at 5am on a Sunday morning. Isn't that right, Haydo?
3 May 2004

Nic from Balmain
There is no pretentiousness here! great place to meet people!
23 Feb 2004

Renee from Dural
I love this place. It's fun, friendly and safe. Everyone always has a good time and at the end of the day I would rather spend my money on a good and enjoyable night dancing and haning fun than standing around looking pretty!
9 Sep 2003

Gareth from Melbourne
Used to go there all the time and it's always guaranteed good times. Retro (80's) level is the best. No pretentions BECAUSE of the 80's cheese and easy to meet people.
21 May 2003

Steve from Paddington
I have a great time at Retro all the time. Great music, large crowds, what else could u ask for!
date unknown

Tommy from Sydney
This is a great place to go if you just want to enjoy a drink and let loose on the dance floor. There is no pretentiousness here.
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