The 'Barley’s charm is the diversity of its clientele. On our most recent visit to the front bar we sat between an old gent lamenting the sad decline in the standard of NRL these days and an excited uni student telling his friend about this great film he’d just seen called The Big Lebowski (bless!).Both were enjoying the Golden Barley’s cheap’n’cheerful bar prices while watching big screen sports, but the pub’s other great selling point is its large Malaysian bistro out the back, opening onto an appropriately tropical beer garden. It’s a favourite with families, offering ample running-around room for the kiddies, as well as decent prices on large portions. They could do a bit more with the gorgeous art deco elements, sure, but the Barley’s position appears to be if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – and we concede they have a point.