Botany View Hotel
When he took over the Botany View Hotel in February 2017, Paddy Coughlan found the pub in a state of disrepair. After revamping Chippendale’s Lord Gladstone and Camperdown’s Lady Hampshire, he brought the same stripped-back aesthetic to Newtown.
Botany View Hotel is at the quiet end of South King Street with second-hand shops, Asian supermarkets and laundromats for company. It features several extensive graffiti murals, including one by prominent Australian graffiti artist Scott Marsh. Other walls are adorned with photos and memorabilia from King Street thrift shops or found in the pub’s own storage. Some elements of its prior life remain: the sturdy downstairs dark wood bar, and a stained-glass mural of a ship at sea.
Once a shabby dining room, the upstairs level features a new bar and a well-fortified DJ booth. The pub always had a rooftop terrace but it has been served by new paving, a few plants and a floor mural. On Sundays it hosts giant pans of paella.
The menu is above-average pub grub: the house burger features Raclette cheese and jamon; the schnitzel is served with parsnip puree and speck sauerkraut.
Matt Rule – former co-owner of legendary Sydney venue the Annandale Hotel, and co-owner of gig-booking company The Music and Booze Co – looks after the line-up.
The stage is moveable and sets up in the hotel’s street level, front facing bar with plenty of room.