Sometimes you find a real gem of a pub in the least likely of places. Right in the heart of the very corporate ‘Telstra’ part of town is the Coopers Inn, a neighbourhood pub overshadowed by some of the tallest skyscrapers in the city.
The place looks like nothing much from the outside, but step inside and you are greeted by a surprisingly open spaciousness, with an impressive long dark timber bar that stretches around in a graceful curve. There are footy posters on the walls, a touch of leadlight, and classic bluestone walls that have been preserved from an earlier era. Don’t miss the Australian Beer Can and Stubby Collection that covers a whole other wall – this is almost a political statement in a time when most inner-city pubs have been converted into white-marble-and-stainless-steel-interior design nightmares. They even have VB coasters! You’ll feel like you stepped into 1983 – but in a warm and fuzzy kind of way.
Regular punters are usually middle management and office workers looking for a taste of the suburbs. The bar serves 10 beers on tap and features a wine list with local and NZ favorites. Don’t expect anything too fancy here - but neither are the prices.
Food like everything else is simple and unpretentious, a great place for a mid-week lunch hour ‘pot & parma’. Or try the Coopers Classic Fish & Chips – fresh Trevally fillets in a Coopers Ale batter. Thursday nights feature trivia contests, and on Friday nights drop by to watch the suits get drunk and sing karaoke.
Meri Harli, Citysearch
September 13, 2010
Coopers is a beautiful and classic Victorian pub in a great location at the top of the city. Straight up great service, brilliant food and perfectly poured beers. Great venue for work lunch, watching the footy and private parties.. There's space for it all! Coopers is a must visit venue for real people who appreciate a great pub!