The Old Fitzroy

12:00pm - 12:00am
129 Dowling St Woolloomooloo 2011


After numerous owners throughout the years, this 150-year-old Woolloomooloo icon was snatched up by the Odd Culture group (The Oxford Tavern, The Duke Of Enmore) at the end of 2020.

The group has maintained the pub’s historic features, with a few updates to help the old bits shine. Some of the furniture has been updated and the kitchen has been zhooshed up, but the most notable update is the new 100-seat outdoor-dining area. It’s the perfect place to sip on a beer or vino from afternoon into evening. Aside for that, it looks and feels essentially the same. And that’s the beauty of it.

The kitchen was previously helmed by former Momofuku-Seiobo chef Anna Ugarte-Carral, but the pans were passed to Toby Stansfield in 2022, another young-gun chef who’s done time in Brett Savage’s Monopole and Yellow, and a head chef stint at Fabbrica. Expect equally lofty pub grub with fine-dining DNA.

To drink, you’ll find a solid rotation of beers (Odd Culture gets its name from the group’s former beer bar at The Taphouse in Darlinghurst), plus a selection of wines ranging from approachable to challenging. There’s a good range of natural options, too.

Odd Culture has also put renewed focus on the pub’s theatre downstairs, which has long been a space for emerging queer and experimental artists to hone their craft. The theatre is still independently operated by Red Line Productions.

Updated: May 18th, 2022

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