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The Old Fitzroy Hotel

This Woolloomooloo pub has award-winning chef Anna Ugarte-Carral in the kitchen and natty wines behind the bar.
By Marissa Ciampi
July 03, 2019
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By Marissa Ciampi
July 03, 2019
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A Dowling Street stalwart, Woolloomooloo's Old Fitz may have undergone a relaunch in 2019, but it's still an old pub at heart. It's also a brasserie with award-winning chef Anna Ugarte-Carral in the kitchen, and the kind of place where you can tuck into savvy twists on pub grub over brews, natural wines and cocktails — including in the upstairs dining room and the leafy oasis of a courtyard.

The succinct menu starts with oysters ($5), and also includes light options such as salt cod fritters with sherry aioli ($5), prawn cocktails with avocado mousse ($24), and pea and quail egg tarts ($19). If you're hankering for something more substantial, the mains span dory fillets with greens and pine nuts ($32), confit duck maryland ($30), steak frites ($34) and, for the particularly hungry, 500-gram pork chops ($65). Or, gather the gang for a set menu feed for groups of ten or more — featuring eight dishes for $65 per person.

The Old Fitz isn't just a pub and brasserie, however. The venue's attached Old Fitz Theatre hasn't changed one bit, if you're looking for a pre- or post-drink show.

Beverage-wise, the old favourite sports 16 taps pouring brews, including a $5 happy hour on selected beers from 4–6pm Monday–Friday.

Images: Tanya Saint James.

Updated: November 22, 2022.

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