Inner-west pub the Lady Hampshire was revived in 2023 by hospitality group Public (The Strand Hotel, The Norfolk, Oxford House). Nodding to the area’s musical heritage, the Lady continues the live music focus that was a staple under its previous ownership, with gigs by local and international artists across a spread of genres every Wednesday to Sunday.

Post-refresh, the pub retained much of its original charm – as well as its Scott Marsh mural of Aussie icons including Steve Irwin, Kath and Kim, and Adam Goodes. Vintage framed photos line the wall next to a pool table, and punters queue for beer below pendant lights at a handsome wooden bar. The beer garden’s furniture is made from 100 per cent recycled materials, while the stage in the band room is fronted by a black-and-white checkerboard floor.

Head chef Brendan King’s menu is a roster of updated pub classics: thrice-cooked potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce; chicken schnitzels with mash and jus; half a roasted chicken with mash and mushy peas; and Guinness-laced shepherd’s pie. For a burger, it might be smashed beef or crumbed barramundi.

There are weeknight specials, too. Think cheap schnitties and free pool on Mondays, “curry and a can” Tuesdays, and a classic Sunday roast with all the trimmings.

Catering to the local community is embedded in the pub’s DNA, as well as its beer taps, which dispense IPAs and XPAs from local breweries such as Hawke’s and Philter. An Aussie-heavy wine list is also on the pour, along with a range of house cocktails.

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Updated: July 27th, 2023

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