Hughes Barbecue will celebrate its last day of service at The George Hotel this Sunday with live music and, of course, cooked meats.

Hughes is shutting because its lease has expired after a six-month pop-up at the Waterloo pub, in Sydney’s inner south.

So where to next? Owner Anton Hughes says he’s looking forward to a two-month break before he sets up a new kitchen. The former Vic’s Meat and founding co-owner of Bovine & Swine is on the hunt for the perfect spot to house his barbeque joint permanently, but hinted at a location in Sydney’s northwest.

He’s looking for a space to create an al fresco dining experience, and there’s also a partnership with a bar in the works.

But for now, the Texas-inspired, new-school smokehouse will be bringing in a local country musician for some “honky-tonk” tunes to send them off this Sunday. “There’ll be lots of dancing,” says Hughes.

Hughes Barbecue is open Friday and Saturday, 12pm–2pm and 5pm–9pm, and Sunday from 12pm–2pm and 5pm–8.30pm.

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Hughes Barbecue
760 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo (02) 9698 1320