ABOUT US  

“MORE A MUSEUM, THAN A PUB”
Just a short walk down Cowper Street from Broadway and Glebe Point Road, The Friend in Hand looks from the outside like many other Art-Deco era pubs… is hard to find but worth the effort! Step inside, though, and what you’re confronted with is something completely other...

Knick-Knacks and memorabilia cram every available space through the front bar, from surf-skis to model aeroplanes and signs clearly lifted from medical establishments, photographs, oil paintings and oddments fill the entire bar. There are more taxidermied animal heads, old street signs and countless other bits of weirdness than you can point a stick at.


And best of all, the beers aren’t $9 apiece. We keep our beer lines in pristine nick here, so expect crisp-and-cold schooners. There’s cider on tap too for all you cider lovers out there.

PLUS we have a great dedicated function space upstairs, with private bar, pool table and smoking area. Check out our functions page for more info!

Did we mention there is NO ROOM HIRE!


The Friend has all the usual pub trappings you’d expect from an early opener including Keno and a TAB and pool table, but they also host a bunch of events you’re unlikely to find in other Sydney pubs.

In the corner is a bird (not a 2 legged one),the bird is Georgie, the Sulphur crested Cockatoo, who is the pubs PR Bird! George rules the roost at this backstreet Glebe pub. When George isn’t waddling up and down the bar ruffling his feathers and cracking open lemon seeds or resting on the shoulders of the pub’s regulars, he’s got his own massive branch to perch on in the corner of the room.

 

And upstairs is a Gary the (bonking) goat. (No really!)

  A COCKATOO & A GOAT WALK INTO A BAR...  

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MEET GEORGIE

...the Sulphur crested Cockatoo, the pubs PR Bird! Georgie rules the roost here.

When George isn’t waddling up and down the bar ruffling his feathers and cracking open lemon seeds or resting on the shoulders of the pub’s regulars, he’s got his own massive branch to perch on in the corner of the room.

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Masking Tape 2

MEET GARY THE GOAT

Gary the Goat and Jimbo Bazoobi were an Australian comedy duo who performed in Australian towns, becoming very popular. They began their comedy career in 2011, mostly through Facebook and YouTube, with their Facebook page having over 1.7 million "likes"

Watch Gary's arrival at the friend in hand here

We look forward to welcoming you. He who enters is a stranger but once.

 BISTRO | PUBLIC BAR | FUNCTION SPACE | POOL TABLE | TAB |