Molly Malone’s Bar in the Mercantile Hotel Sydney has built a reputation amongst locals, businessmen, tourists and visitors to Sydney as a place that can create the impression of being in Ireland for a day. The place was given a boost back in 1989 when the famous band U2 gave its only media conference from the stage, surely making the Mercantile the centre of Irish culture in Australia. As the oldest Irish pub in Australia, built in 1914 close to Sydney Harbour Bridge it has every right to the title. The other bar in the Mercantile, the Office, allows businessmen to tell their wives that they are still in the office without a word of a lie.
The Hungry Hewer is the bistro. A Hewer is a coalminer and the bistro’s hearty meals would fill even those energetic folk. There is an extensive and varied menu to satisfy the family on holiday as well as the businessman or casual visitor. You might decide to book one of the rooms, everything including singles, doubles and twins with breakfast is available. The Hotel’s central location makes it an ideal choice for tourists.
There is a function facility and many regular events throughout the month. Happy hour is between 7pm and 9pm on Sunday, an excellent way to end the week. During the weekdays happy hour switches to the two hours between 5pm and 7pm. Rocks Foodies Market is just outside the front door every Friday between 9am and 3pm while at the weekend the Market is an excellent place for locals and tourists to shop. Inside the Hotel the weekend is non-stop entertainment with an Irish flavour, three different shows on Saturday, two more on Sunday.