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Zoo Bar (Sawtell Hotel)
The name Says it all

55 First Avenue,

(02) 6653 1213

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The name really says it all. Think not so much Gorillas in the Mist but on the Piss. Yes, it is a country pub and I took my city slicker hat off when walking in but could not even settle in for a casual boozy night! Happy with the bargain price of $6.00 for two schooners of New we headed through the poolroom and out to the beer garden. Sadly there was obviously a local male group having a bit of a get together and this culminated in the speeches which started something like “hey you f***ers shut the f**k up and listen will ya!” – charming. We understandably took this as our cue to go back inside. I must say that from this point on I was not exactly viewing the place with an open mind and it was lovingly suggested by my partner that perhaps I was being a bit of a snob. Taking a deep breath I proceeded back through the pool tables and into the main bar. So, once back inside we were entertained by a guy on a keyboard and a drum kit not exactly a show case of local talent but not overly painful (see I am trying to be charitable!). The walls have a few signed drum lids from some recognisable artists which implies that this is not the extent of what the hotel has to offer entertainment wise. There is of course a pokie room and also a restaurant called Fishtales. We did not eat there but it looked popular when we stuck our heads in! The crowd is very local and there isn’t a pair of Manolos in sight! The alternative is the RSL across the road. Needless to say we went to the bottle shop next door and returned to our holiday cottage!
review by: Katie Haire

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Sheila from Nowra
Had lunch at Fishtales... forgot our order. Nothing special when it arrived (for the price you were paying).
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