The Lansdowne Hotel, on the corner of Broadway and City Road, has been pulling pints since the 1920s. While it’s long been a favourite of students at nearby universities, thanks to its drink specials and late licence, it’s also revered among local and international musicians for its cultivation of Sydney’s live-music scene.

Over the decades the pub has been a staple for bands in the early stages of their careers, but also for juggernauts who prefer its legacy and intimacy to bigger, sleeker venues. You Am I and The Preatures played there early in their careers, The Living End has brought raucous times to its band room, and global superstar Billie Eilish took to its stage in 2017.

Whether you’re here for a gig, Wednesday night trivia or catching the sunset up top, you can grab a bite at The Lansdowne from open till close. The venue is currently under the stewardship of Melbourne taqueria Happy Mexican – that means tacos (birria, pescado, zucchini), guac-topped wedges and chilaquiles for your pre-gig snack.

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Updated: April 11th, 2024

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