Old Fitzroy Hotel
Nestled in a back purlieu of Kings Cross, the Old Fitzroy is that variety of old fashioned, neighbourhood gem that has slowly been attracting attention to the point of becoming canonised by the fabulous and the forlorn in equal measure. Indeed, its homely down-at-heel front bar and rustic intimacy, candlelit once the day draws to a close, has provided some quality digs for countless punters. And since the back area was converted into the Old Fitzroy Theatre some years ago, its reputation has continued to rise, investing the old establishment with a new lease of life.
Since 1997 the theatre has played more than 133 shows (including 53 new Australian plays), harbouring a wealth of new and established talent among the hundreds of young and independent theatre companies who've participated in the productions. Needless to say, the energy generated by these productions draws an eclectic mixture to the bar keeping the air crackling. Not to mention glasses clinking.
Another drawcard of this establishment is the simple food. It was the steaming bowls of hot lasksa that drew this pub to the public eye in the first place, and the Fitzroy continues to maintain its tradition of dishing out some of Sydney's best. There are also a variety of Indonesian dishes, such as beef rendang and nasi goreng. To wash them down there are a generous 13 beers available on tap, as well as a good wine list to measure.
Geoff Stanton, June 2008