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The Strawberry Hills has been improving. The Jazz is firmly back in place, with Sundays afternoons and a couple of evenings a week taken up with a selection of Jazz and Swing bands. Shame about the wobbly tables.
We've been for the Sunday session and a wekkday session recently and had a blast. The pub is also on the $5 steak bandwagon, and seriously too, since they recently bought a massive poster round the corner from Forresters
There's more selection in the $5 deal than Forry's, and it's on all week, so this could be a viable alternative, if only they can find some tables that don't bloody wobble the whole time!
It's still a bit dog-eared, of course, but that's the way it'll probably always be, until the area gets bentrified and merival move in to open a stylebar in its place (yeah right!)
Besides, who likes a sterile, wood and chrome bar anyway? If they'd just fix the damn tables I'd probably turn up more often!
Did I mention the tables all wobble?
review by: Jason
I was given to understand through conversations with friends that the strawberry hills wasn’t up to much, noone really seemed to like it. Strange then, that we enjoyed it so much we ended up leaving well after 1am with blurred vision and a walk that tended to pull a little to the left!
Perhaps it was the people – we ran into a group of folks from News Limited, which is just round the corner, and a bunch of assorted sydneysiders out for a Friday night. Perhaps it was the fact that it has a slightly battered but well kept charm. Maybe we were just approaching the drunken stage where a windy railway station platform would be the ideal party venue, I don’t know. All I know is we had a blast. The beer was cheap (but not cheap enough to stop us running out of money!), and the atmosphere friendly and jovial – just what we needed after hitting a bad review of the Madison, just around the corner.
There are a couple of pool tables, a separate (garishly decorated) pokie room, big screen TV (showing, of all things, championship bodybuilding!) and enough interest to keep us amused right up to the point of bankruptcy. Deserves a return visit, we feel. Oh, and hi to the folks we were drinking with, even if I only vaguely remember your names….
review by: pubguide staff