We've just been to see Skunkhour at Balmain Tigers, it's late, everywhere's closing, but just over the road is the perfect spot. In we go and straight off to the Garden to talk over the gig. The Bridge is always a good spot for a few late ones, retaining atmosphere long after everyone else has gone to bed.
A band is playing in the back bar, and the place is packed as you'd expect after a gig like the one we've just been to. As always, the Copper's is cold and the company is good. It's our first time out in the garden and the two-tier effect is creating some shouted conversations betwen concert-goers. You can rock on here and chill out after the gig in comfort.
It's no wonder the Bridge is our recommended late spot in this part of the world.
review by: Jason
The Bridge Hotel is famous throughout the area, for several reasons. One of the primary reasons I knew about it was that it runs twice-weekly performances of John Birmingham's 'He Died With A Felafel In His Hand'. Having never read the book, only knowing it by reputaion, my only reference point on Birmingham's writing was 'Leviathan' - his deep black indictment on Sydney's seedier side, so I wasn't quite expecting anything quite so hilarious. I even got 'reverse heckled' from the stage when trying to deflect an inconvenient mobile phone call. My own fault for not switching it off, I guess, but funny all the same.
The pub itself is a great supporter of entertainment in it's myriad forms. From stand-up comedy to new live music, the Bridge is a constant stream of fine distractions.
The decorating isn't much to look at. Lino floors, a fairly well used look, and lots of posters. Gladly the beers are cold, priced at about Sydney average, and the entertainment picks the pub up by the collar and elevates it to among the best. A recommended night out.
Expect to pay about $4.00 for a standard Schooner. Bottles of Coopers Red are $5.50
review by: Jason