Those who grew up in the area will remember visiting the Mean Fiddler on school excursions. Back then the venue housed the Vinegar Hill Woolshed (it's believed the 1804 rebellion of the same name took place close by), and visitors were often sporting First Fleet settler get-up and doing Australiana line dancing. The Mean Fiddler today is a mega-pub boasting restaurants, bars, a deli, liquor store and a nightclub. For those with children, there's a Playstation area and a playground, and during school holidays, a program that includes an animal petting zoo. For anyone older, stand-up comedy, DJs and live music fill out the roster.
During the week, local tradies head to the Drovers Bar, while on weekends the courtyard is packed with families and groups tucking into large serves of steak, pasta and other pub-friendly goodies. On the flip side, the Irish Bar is more intimate. Timber interiors and comfortable lounges make it the perfect retreat, glass of wine in-hand.