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The Lansdowne Hotel Is Closing For Good

Load up on cheap pepper sauce steaks while you can.
By Shannon Connellan
August 04, 2015
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By Shannon Connellan
August 04, 2015
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Farewell, cheap steaks and schnitties, Chippendale's beloved shabby rock and roll pub The Lansdowne is closing for good.

Sitting on the corner of City Road and Broadway, the uni student and local band lover-frequented pub will pour its last beer on Tuesday, September 29. But it's not necessarily a lockout thing. According to The Brag, the site will possibly be turned into a new educational facility by the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) — they've already lodged the development application with the City of Sydney, for opening in 2016.

Making its mark as one of Sydney’s key live venues since changing ownership in April 2014, the Lansdowne has experienced somewhat of a genuine revival over the last year. Revamped by new owners the Oscars Group (also the brains behind last year’s Annandale Hotel renovation), the Lansdowne has been home to free, well-programmed live music and cheap, cheap steak every week for a a good ten months. We thought the pub had run into trouble in February this year when it closed unexpectedly, but the whole thing turned out to be mere renovations.

This is a big blow to the Sydney music scene, who are sadly running out of shabby pubs to plug their amps into. Although the Annandale was reopened by Oscars last year, the venue's restricted its music programming to folk, country and acoustic gigs (read: softer, more neighbour-friendly music than the metal and prog rock that used to tear the place up).

The Lansdowne will close for good on Tuesday, September 29. Get in there, have a cheapo schooner of Old and load up on junk change steaks and Ramones cover bands. We'll miss this one.

Via The Brag.

Images: The Lansdowne.

Published on August 04, 2015 by Shannon Connellan
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