The coronavirus lockdown was a punch in the guts to Sydney’s pubs.
But the Tav, one of Petersham’s most beloved boozers, has done a stellar job of rolling with the punches. In early March – back when “social distancing” was a fairly new term – the pub made its entire menu available for takeaway, and also introduced a bottle shop. The next week, it started delivery too. Throughout the lockdown the Tav also provided meals to laid-off hospo workers.
When pubs were allowed to reopen (with restrictions) in May, the Tav introduced Take Over the Tav, where you and nine of your mates could book out the entire bar for a session.
Now, starting July 1, NSW’s venue-capacity limit of 50 people will be dropped. Instead, businesses will need to adhere to the four-square-metre rule. Although it’s not quite back to normal just yet, it’s definitely cause for a (sensible) shindig.
So the Tav is throwing a party to thank its locals and suppliers for their loyalty and support. From 5pm to 7pm, it’s shouting drinks and bites to anyone who stops by. Head over for a drink, a feed and a chat. The event’s seated, but that won’t stop a DJ from “spinning all our favourite Covid-related bangers”. We can only take that to mean that Billy Idol’s 1981 classic Dancing With Myself will be getting a look-in.