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The first lady of Sydney pubs still maintains its sheen, despite signs of wear
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The Hollywood is an institution. While other inner-city pubs get makeovers and fun new themes, everything here stays exactly the same. The beers are cold, the soundtrack is 20th-century retro, the swirly carpet forgives countless spills and your only snack options are chips or cheese. The outside is looking a little battle-scarred and the inside doesn’t fare much better, but it's all down to being loved hard by all who step through the doors. The wood-panelled walls feature old photographs and newspaper clippings detailing the showbiz career of owner, Doris Goddard, and the mirror ball above the bar is always spinning. Prime real estate is around the rib-shaped counter in the middle of the floor, but you can sometimes find a spot on one of the benches that line the room and in the small groups of tables in the pokie room. On weekends it’s standing room only and a motley crew of scruffy hipsters and locals who’ve been wearing tracks in the carpet since the '70s spills out the front and mingles with the queue for Tio’s next door. The drinks menu is simple: four taps, a handful of wines, rotating cocktail specials, plus whatever’s in the fridge. Don’t try and get too fancy here: this is a simple-tastes kind of place. She may not be as young as she used to be but the Hollywood is still the first lady of old-school Sydney pubs.