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In spite of the Beresford's imposing facelift drinking here doesn’t have to break the bank

Small bars leaving you claustrophobic? Time to show this big-scale oldie-but-goodie some love. Synonymous with weekend pre-gaming drinks and birthday get-togethers, the Beresford’s massive beer garden remains one of Sydney’s most reliable bar experiences. In a former life it was a famous gay bar, and the gentlemen of Darlinghurst are still well-represented in the crowd (especially on Sunday nights), alongside big groups of blokes guzzling the lager and ladies sipping on jugs of Pimms or mixes of vodka and apple juice (known as the Group Hug jug), St Germain and lychees (called the Secret Garden) or a bottle or two off the bar’s extensive wine list. Big, earthy-hued couches crowd the leafy outdoor area, which is completely closed off from the madness of nearby Taylor Square. These guys do great Italian-inspired pub grub to help line stomachs for the big weekend push, so get stuck into the menu. There are pizze (seafood marinara or just a simple Margherita), a cured meat plate with pickled veges, fresh pastas and a wagyu steak with polenta chips. But we say aim for a Wednesday night when you can get amongst their long table feast – an Italian shared table that is $30 if you are just eating, or $45 if you’d like a glass of wine with your meal. Warning: after a few here, it’s hard to leave – but that’s OK because hey presto, there’s a music venue and dance floor. Just climb the stairs to Upstairs Beresford on Friday and Saturday nights to keep the good times rolling. Trust us – they always do up there.

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By Kristie Lau   |   Photos by Daniel Boud

The Beresford Hotel details

354 Bourke St, Darlinghurst 2010

Telephone 02 8313 5000

Price per person including drinks $51 to $100

Open Mon-Sun noon-1am

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