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Ah, Anzac Day, when we remember the heroes of past wars by drinking a lot and throwing coins around! The William Wallace was our second stop this Anzac Day, and since Will had never been we stopped for a couple. The Wallace has won awards for 'best burger', and as I stood at the bar waiting for a brace of James Squire's finest, I saw why. Enormous burgers packed with fillings, in the solid, home-made style with chunky chips - mouthwatering for sure, but was it too early for us? unfortunately yes, we'd had lunch about an hour before, but in the back of our minds we resolved to return.
This time out the pub was rapidly filling and we were lucky to get a seat. As oprevious observations have borne out it's certainly a place for locals, and today they all seemed to arrive in force.
It was too early for two-up just yet, so we decided to move on, but later we found ourselves back in (or more accurately outside) as darkness was falling. The atmosphere had moved up a gear, the bar was packed and the two-up was in full swing, and we somehow managed to get ourselves one of those burgers. Well, it sure was worth it. If you're a burger fan and happen to be hungry in Balmain, make the trip down the hill from Darling Street and give it a go here!
review by: Jason
Well off the beaten track, the William Wallace is a small corner-pub in the backstreets of Balmain. It sports wobbly tables, cheap Coopers, a pool table and a nice line in banter. Taking a couple of shots of the room for the site I'm accosted by a group of locals and told it'll cost me a round if I want to take pictures in their pub.
Well, it was worth the round for the patter. Among other things, we discovered that, yes, it's definitely a regulars' pub. I wouldn't make a long trip to get there unless you've got a mate living locally, but if you're up for it, and can get around the 'local's bar' issue, you'll probably find it a good start to the night.
review by: pubguide staff