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One of Sydney's character-filled gems

2 Foster St,

(02) 9281 2765

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I must confess, it took me truly ages to get round to visiting the Hollywood, and when I eventually did, I couldn't imagin why I hadn't done it before. Like all the best traditional pubs, it's a little dog-eared and maybe a little moth-eaten, but that's the way things should be. It's smaller than it looks from the outside folks, so don't be surprised if you get in and can hardly move an elbow. My first visit was a bit like that - on a Friday evening just after all the local businesses have turfed out their workers - ad execs and designers mingle with blow-ins and computer programmers, and we fit right in, being of the ilk. We eventually find a spot in the front bar, though unfortunately I end up right in the glare of a spotlight with nowhere to look. without being blinded. Luckily, the circulation of punters at this time of night is pretty rapid, most folks just stopping in for one or two after work then moving on, so we get a seat and another round and chat about our favourite pubs from 'back home' (this is what happens when you get three expat poms together in a bar, whatever the jokes say).
review by: Jason

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laForge from Elizabeth Bay
Despite this place being 10km's away from my work it's my place of choice for a 5pm drink and worth the train ride. Great atmosphere and it can get very full on a friday night. There are also quite a high proportion of architects and designers in the crowd, (no doubt because there are a number of studio's nearby.) but I would in now way describe the crowd or the venue as pretencious. No idea if the hotel got it's name after the Doris, the owner's, film career (check the wall full of clipping) but most nights you can see her perched at the end of the bar, drink in hand, surveying her domain.. Great pub, Worth a look on thursday and friday nights.
19 Nov 2003

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Doris rocks
28 Jul 2003

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Doris rocks
28 Jul 2003

Trent from Maroubra
This pubs a hoot,unique,the owner Doris is a ledgend,check it out
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Andy from Sydney
Used in several movies/tv shows. They always seem to be filming in or around this one.
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Jason says:

Has a TV and Movie history (as Andy from Sydney says), the most recent being Alex Proyas's 'Garage Days'

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