Opposite the 2042 cop-shop and just next to the Newtown local court, this Australia Street staple has been pouring cold, amber justice for well over a century. After a hundred years, they've got the temperature just right. This is an easeful place to drink it all in.
On the cusp of the weekend as the sun ebbs away from King Street, there's far worse ways to congratulate yourself on being alive than to order a frosty at the Courthouse.
Somehow or another, this place reeks of the best of the inner west. With a hodgepodge clientele and hodgepodge plants claiming the courtyard area, the Courthouse shows feral Sydney at its best. 'Casual' doesn't begin to describe the uniquely relaxed feel of this place. With its steaks and beers and ramshackle design, this pub is proof positive that the colonial spirit can never be tamed.
This is not, for a minute, to imply that this pub is full of rough and tumble. On the contrary, the pleasant snail's pace of the Courthouse makes the possibility of a brawl unlikely. It is to say, however, that glints of our Emerald City's convict past still shimmer in a few special pubs. This is one of 'em. Sit down and enjoy.
SM King, October 2010.
August 20, 2007
love this seedy old pub - had a face lift but not too much of one and no stainless steel in sight! the food can be shocking though, shame when it used to be so good 5-6yrs ago!