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Two-up in Sydney, ANZAC Day 2016

Information verified correct on December 8th, 2016

There’s only one day of the year you can get involved in the rough and tumble, Aussie-settler, true blue world of two-up gambling and that day is Anzac Day. Here’s where to play it.

You have to love a national holiday that bends the rules to go all out Aussie. Two-up is banned for most of the year (state by state), but when Anzac Day rolls around, the true blue Aussie pubs get into the spirit and start tossing pennies.

Looking for a game of two-up after the Dawn Service this Anzac Day? Look no further. Here’s where it’s all going down.

Get amongst it.


CBD and Inner City

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Bungalow 8, King Street Wharf

Bungalow 8 is putting together a massive harbourside two-up arena this Anzac Day, making excellent use of their extensive beer garden. Tunes are provided by DJs playing your favourite Aussie tunes from 2pm, while the grub goes a little more sophisticated than your average BBQ with rosemary and lamb sausages in a bun and a Lazy Yak schooner going for $20. Service men and women will also receive 25% off their food and drink until 1pm.

Opens: 12pm
Two-up: shortly after opening
Find them on Facebook: Bungalow 8

Image: Bungalow 8


The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks

Does it get more Australian than 130 Aussie beers on offer? No, it does not. Select the best and try them all, when The Australian Heritage Hotel plays host to one of Sydney’s largest outdoor two-up arena. Food stalls and a BBQ will take over Gloucester Street by day if you feel like joining the celebrations on the street before heading indoors.

Opens: 8am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: The Australian Heritage Hotel


The Glenmore, The Rocks

They have not one, but two BBQs to choose from: on Cumberland Street, or on the rooftop overlooking Sydney Harbour. We know which one we’ll be picking. Two-up isn’t the only Anzac themed event on the day, there will also be special performances alongside Cumberland St by the Scots marching band.

Opens: 8am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: The Glenmore


The Argyle, The Rocks

Right where the Anzac Day Parade ends is where you’ll head to have a drink afterwards. The Argyle is opening its doors early so there’s no hanging around. Two fires in the courtyard will keep you toasty and a all-out Aussie BBQ to keep your belly full.

Opens: 9am
Two-up: from 1pm-3pm
Find them on Facebook: The Argyle


The Rose, Chippendale

The Rose knows what's important on a day like today. It's all about two-up games and meal deals. Today the bar is offering a pizza and beer combo for $15. Drink up and play to win.

Opens: 11am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: The Rose Hotel


The Light Brigade Hotel, Paddington/Woollahra

Claiming to be the best two up arena in the east, The Light Brigade will fill you up before the big game. A full menu will be available all day long with $4 VBs available until midday. Drink up!

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: The Light Brigade Hotel


Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen, Chippendale

Expect a cracker of a day at the Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen. Each year it goes hard and goes long for Anzac Day and this year is no exception with games of two-up, a BBQ and VB tinnies on the menu.
Opens: TBA
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen


The Bristol Arms, CBD

Anzac Day wouldn't be the same without a trip to the Bristol Arms to cash in on its rooftop for a game of 2up (3 floors up!) and a good ol' Aussie barbie!

Opens: 11am
Two-up: Shortly after opening
Find them on Facebook: Bristol Arms


Harpoon Harry, CBD

10am sharp is when the doors to Harpoon Harry open and the fun can begin. Anzac Day food specials will accompany the two-up games throughout the day. That's really all you need, right?

Opens: 10am
Two-up: Shortly after opening
Find them on Facebook: Harpoon Harry


Ryan’s Paragon Hotel, Circular Quay

Get into the spirit of things by heading to the Paragon's Top Bar by midday. Can't wait till that late? That's OK 'cos the venue opens at 8am so you can get your digger's brekky as you hone your two up skills for when the games start at midday.

Opens: 8am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: Ryan's Paragon Hotel


The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, George St

Expect the usual party at The Morrisons, inclusive of drink specials, live music, BBQ and two-up. Yeah, these guys are doing Anzac Day right. The bar will be open from mid-morning so get there early.

Opens: mid-morning
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them online: The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room


Cargo Bar, Darling Harbour

Just up the wharf from Bungalow 8 is Cargo Bar. It’s a little bit bigger, but the views are just as spectacular. Head there in the daytime for the biggest two up arena on the Harbour, hosted by Tom Williams, $6 VBs and Pure Blonde tinnies and $18 beer battered fish & chips. Stay in the evening for DJ sets pumping out the beats until late.

Opens: 12pm
Two-up: from open till around 3-4pm
Find them on Facebook: Cargo Bar


The Star, Pyrmont

The Star is getting into the Anzac Day spirit in a big way starting from the night before. On April 24 the casino will host a Check Your Head event with CDB. On the public holiday, head to the 24/7 Sports Bar for everything you can expect from an Anzac Day and more. That's two up, some footy and some guest appearances. Last year it was the legendary Jon Stevens playing at Rock Lily. This year, who knows!

Open: Whenever. It's a 24/7 Sport Bar. It's always open.
Two-up: 11am @ 24/7 Sports Bar
Find them online: The Star


The Beresford, Surry Hills

Get down to Surry Hills watering hole The Beresford this Anzac Day for a game of two-up in the courtyard. Also on the day is a BBQ (what else?) in the beer garden and happy hour from 6-8pm.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 1pm-5pm
Find them on Facebook: The Beresford


Dove & Olive, Surry Hills

It’s not just Anzac Day. No, it’s the Anzac 2Up Crafternoon, where you’ll be basking in the joy that is $5 craft beers by Pines, Stone & Wood, Australian Brewery and VB, which can be enjoyed in a courtyard on a beautiful Monday morning. There will also be a comp to win a tour of the 4 Pines Brewery. Fair dinkum, mate.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 1pm
Find them on Facebook: Dove & Olive


The Norfolk, Surry Hills

$5 VB tinnies, great Aussie rock music all day long and two-up till sundown? Count us in. Feeling hungry? The Norfolk has you sorted. Last year at House of Crabs (located upstairs) you could tuck into a bag of crocodile instead of the usual Blue Swimmer. How’s that for Australian? Even if they don't offer the same fare this year, it's still well worth the chance to nom on some fresh Aussie seafood.

Opens: 12pm
Two-up: Shortly after open
Find them on Facebook: The Norfolk


The Forresters, Surry Hills

The Forresters is going all out for Anzac Day. Drinks specials and DJs will be running all night and, of course, there will be that two-up toss starting from midday to get the party started.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: The Forresters


The Sugarmill, Darlinghurst

The Sugarmill is planning something uber fantastic for Anzac Day. Stay tuned as details come in.

Opens: 12pm
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: The Sugarmill


North Shore

Harbord Diggers, Freshwater

They claim its the biggest two-up in the Southern Hemisphere and they’re probably right. The Harbord Diggers have the whole shebang going on for Anzac Day, starting with a Commemoration Service at 8am (troops are gathered at 7:30am) which is followed by a march, wreath laying ceremony and a performance by the Sydney Philharmonic VOX choir. Just in it for the two-up and the drinks? Become a member now – or find a mate who is one. Due to its popularity, Diggers will only be letting in members and one guest. But that’s okay. You can always become a member on the day.

Opens: 7:30am for the Commemorative Service
Two-up: 12pm-6pm. Members and one guest only.
Find them on Facebook: The Harbord Diggers

Image: Harbord Diggers

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Manly Wharf Hotel, Manly

When on the North Shore, one watering hole worth a two-up sesh is the Manly Wharf Hotel. On top of the Two Up on Jetty the hotel has planned, there will be $15 jugs of James Squire One Fifty Lashes and DJs from 7pm. Get amongst it!

Opens: 11:30am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: Manly Wharf Hotel


Hunters Hill Hotel, Hunters Hill

Sports fanatics can head to Hunters Hill for to double down on the fun. Catch a game of two up from midday then catch the game (Roosters v Dragons and Collingwood v Essendon) as they're played on the big screen. The beauties of heading to a sports club, am I right?

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: Hunters Hill Hotel


The Great Northern Hotel, Chatswood

Food and gambling - what more could you ask for? Get to The Great Northern at midday to tuck into all the two up action in the Public Bar accompanied by scrumptious food in the brasserie.

Opens: 11am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them online: The Great Northern Hotel


Greengate Hotel, Gordon

The Greengate Hotel proclaims it has one of the largest two-up rings in the Upper North Shore. We'll let you be the judge of that.

While you do, don't forget to indulge in some great food and drink specials on the day.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: shortly after opening
Find them online: Greengate Hotel


Hotel Steyne, Manly

It’s going to be a busy one, so you might want to get there early. 10am, in fact, is when things are kicking off. You have two-up in the courtyard, food in the bistro and good tunes throughout.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 11am-6pm
Find them on Facebook: Hotel Steyne Manly


Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Watsons Bay

Fancy a little beach side two-up? Get thee down to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, where they're hosting a massive celebration. Bag pipers, live entertainers, DJs and food and drink specials!

Opens: 7am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel


Inner West and West

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Exchange Hotel / The Dick's Hotel, Balmain

They don't call this the biggest two-up ring in Balmain for nothing. Every year, in the spirit of the Anzacs, The Exchange and The Dick's join forces to close of Beattie Street to hold the biggest two-up this side of the bridge. Feel like tossing the coins with the big boys? Head to Beattie Street. That is all.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 11am
Find them on Facebook: Exchange Hotel

Image: Exchange Hotel Balmain


The Henson, Marrickville

Long day planned and can't make it smack-bang on midday for a game of two up? No sweat. The Henson will be holding its two up games from 1pm-6pm, so you've plenty of time to tuck into their acclaimed meals before getting to the arena.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: 1pm-6pm
Find them on Facebook: The Henson


Coopers Hotel, Newtown

Coopers in Newtown is opening up bright and early for its traditional 7am Anzac Day party. Unlike many other bars, the toss-up starts from doors open and will be held by ringmaster "Scuffy".

Food will be available in both the upstairs and downstairs areas until 10pm. It's going to be a long one, but a good one!

Opens: 7am
Two-up: All day
Find them on Facebook: The Henson


Three Weeds, Rozelle

Head to the Back Bar of Three Weeds on Anzac Day to discover the atmosphere changed. The inaugural two up toss will happen at 1pm but that doesn't mean you can't tuck into one of the bar's craft beers or pub classic dishes earlier. There will also be a chance to donate a gold coin to Legacy. Score!

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 1pm
Find them on Facebook: Three Weeds


Newtown Hotel

Start this ANZAC Day off with a few crisp ciders in the Newtown Hotel’s sunny courtyard and a few rounds of two-up. Come evening and the chilled atmosphere will be replaced by an edgier vibe, as they amp things up with an epic line up of local DJs. Couldn’t ask for more… except some luck on the day, of course.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: Newtown Hotel


Bank Hotel, Newtown

Drag queen Tora Hymen is hosting the Bank Hotel’s epic game of Tranny two-up, so you know it’s going to be a good one. Satisfy your appetite with a BBQ roll and wash it down with an Aussie or NZ craft beer on tap.

Opens: 11am
Two-up: 1pm-6pm
Find them on Facebook: The Bank Hotel


Welcome Hotel, Rozelle

Plan to spend your whole day at the Welcome Hotel, because there's so much happening you won't want to leave. From 11:30am-10pm expect delicious grub, crafty ales and, of course, the best two up in Rozelle.

Opens: 11:30am
Two-up: from 12pm
Find them on Facebook: Welcome Hotel


The Royal, Leichhardt

Head to the main bar for your must-have two up game and then stick around as there will be live music in The Royal from 6pm.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: 1pm-6pm
Find them on Facebook: The Royal Leichhardt


The Oxford Tavern, Petersham

A hot favourite with the younger crowd, The Oxford Tavern has more Anzac Day celebrations organised than you can shake a penny at. $5 tinnies will be available all day long, as will the great Aussie rock music. As for the two up? You know that's going on until sundown. In between games, don't forget to check out Black Betties BBQ - available from midday - for some great Aussie grub!

Opens: Midday-10pm
Two-up: till sundown
Find them on Facebook: The Oxford Tavern


Vic on the Park, Enmore

Details to be confirmed. Stay tuned!

Opens: TBA
Two-up: TBA
Find them on Facebook: Vic on the Park


South

Regent Hotel, Kingsford

The play of the day will run as such. 12pm: arrive at the Regent Hotel and order your meal from the bistro. 1pm: place your bets at the two-up. The rest of the day: playing more two-up and kickin' the breeze to the in-house DJ in the evening. Sounds good, right?

Opens: 12pm
Two-up: 1pm
Find them on Facebook: Regent Hotel


Taren Point Hotel, Taren Point

Get the party started at Taren Point Hotel. Doors open from 11am ready and waiting for you to get you into a game of two up.

Stick around because there's more where that came from. From 2pm-7pm a DJ will keep the vibe going while the bar will keep the drinks flowing.

Opens: 11am
Two-up: 11am
Find them on Facebook: Taren Point Hotel


Miranda Hotel, Miranda

Details to be confirmed. Stay tuned!

Opens: TBA
Two-up: TBA
Find them on Facebook: Miranda Hotel


Eastern Suburbs

The Sheaf, Double Bay

Opens: TBA
Two-up: TBA
Find them on Facebook: The Sheaf

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The Bucket List, Bondi

Two-up on Bondi Beach? Well, pretty much. If you’ve been to Bondi but haven’t been to The Bucket List, then you’ve probably walked right past it – it’s that restaurant and bar on the Pavillion. Icy cold buckets of Corona, a lamb pie (an ANZAC Day special from the chefs) and two-up in the courtyard… yeah, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Opens: 10am
Two-up: from about 2pm
Find them on Facebook: The Bucket List


Beach Road, Bondi

Beach Road always knows how to throw a good bash and Anzac Day is no exception. Two-up kicks off from 12pm till late from the upstairs grandstand arena (fancy, right?), with four bars, three extra can bars and DJs basically EVERYWHERE pumping out the tunes well into the night. Then, let's not forget the amazing food pop up stalls making an appearance upstairs. Anzac day = sorted.

Opens: 8am (doors downstairs open), 11am-12pm (doors upstairs open)
Two-up: 12pm
Find them on Facebook: Beach Road Bondi


Where to play two-up around Australia

For those of us who aren't in Sydney, these venues will sort you out for a true blue Aussie game of two up on the 25th:

Brisbane:

  • The Chalk Hotel: 735 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba
  • The Shafston Hotel: 3 Lytton Street, East Brisbane

Melbourne:

  • Prahran RSL: 301 High Street, Prahran
  • The Palace Hotel: 505 City Road, South Melbourne

Canberra:

  • The Canberra Irish Club: 6 Parkinson Street, Weston
  • The Duxton: Corner Mcpherson and Sargood streets, O’Connor
  • The Dickson Tradies & Quality Hotel: 2 Badham Street, Dickson. Breakfast at 6am. First toss at 11am hosted by the legendary Bruce Thornton/
  • Ainslie Football Club: 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie
  • Labor Club Belconnen: Chandler Street, Belconnen
  • Siren Bar & Restaurant: 30 Anthony Rolfe Avenue, Gungahlin. Gunfire breakfast available from 6am, two up from noon).
  • Gungahlin Lakes Golf Clubs: Gundaroo and Gungahlin Drives, Nicholls
  • Canberra Services Club: Manuka Oval, Manuka Circuit, Griffith
  • Vikings Erindale: 6 Ricardo Street, Waniassa
  • Vikings Chisholm: Benham Street, Chisholm
  • The Hellenic Club: Matilda Street, Woden

Hobart:

  • Brunswick Hotel: 67 Liverpool St, Hobart

Perth:

  • Crown Perth Casino: Great Eastern Highway, Perth

Darwin:

  • Cazalys Palmerston Club: 10 Temple Place, Palmerston

Adelaide:

  • Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL: 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore

Whatever you do today,  Australia’s most important national occasions and legacies and remember all the Australians who served us in all wars and conflicts.

Alex Bruce-Smith

Alex Bruce-Smith is a publisher at finder.com.au, taking care of shopping & travel. She funds her addiction to online shopping by hunting coupon codes like a pro, and can usually be found waiting anxiously for a package to arrive. #notevensorry

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