Some people love the Civic for its Art Deco finishes, craft beer specials and location convenient to most city offices. Another, very separate group of people love the Civic for its underground nightclub, with one of the best sound systems around these parts. A big night here is a rite of passage for Sydneysiders and the club has been witness to the disgrace of everyone on our editorial team at least once. But if it’s too early for cutting sick, stay upstairs where the vibe is more relaxed. We’re thinking that these guys might be Chuck Hahn’s best customers. Not only do they have the full fleet of James Squire brews on tap, but also the original Hahn and Kosciuszko pale ale, Mr Hahn’s Snowy Mountains side-project. They also chuck White Rabbit on for good measure and while it’s not technically the craftiest selection in town, they do $5 schooners of Hop Thief, Copper ale, White Rabbit and Kosciuszko between 6pm and 8pm Mondays through Thursdays. They bill it as a good reason to leave work on time and we can’t argue with their logic. On our visit the kitchen is closed for renovations but we’ve heard whispers that a Thai restaurant in in the offing, so stay tuned. If you’re between meals they’ll still sell you a packet of crisps in an old, wood-look bowl, and you can hit up some late-night city eats after if needed. 

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Civic Hotel details

Address
388 Pitt St

Sydney 2000

Telephone 02 8080 7000

Price per person including drinks $51 to $100

Open Sun-Thu 10am-4am; Fri, Sat 10am-5am

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