ANZAC Day in Sydney: what’s on close to the city

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance and commemoration for our past and present army, navy, and air force personnel. After you’ve celebrated the day at your closest service, it’s a perfect opportunity to kick back for a few drinks, a feed, or whatever else you please.

Take a look at what’s going down this ANZAC Day around central Sydney.

Photo: Bank Hotel - Newtown on Facebook anzac day
Photo: Bank Hotel – Newtown on Facebook

Spending your ANZAC Day nice and close to the city? Check out the best places to have a drink, have a punt, or check some live music this Thursday.

ANZAC Day at The Bank

Iconic Newtown destination The Bank Hotel will be pulling out all the stops for ANZAC Day, refitting their sunken beer garden into a Two-Up arena complete with stadium seating. An extra tinnie bar and food options are also being made available on the day.

Drag superstar Tora Hymen will be hosting the day’s affairs too, so be surprised if things get a little wild. You can find out more on the Facebook event.

ANZAC Day at the Marly

If you’re a stitch closer to the city than The Bank, your big Two-Up destination is sure to be the Marley, who are kicking off the games in their main bar from midday. You can be sure this will pack out, so get down early for your once-per-year Two-Up fix.

The bar will also be tapping a KarmaKeg, with all proceeds going to Legacy Sydney. Find out more right here.

Two-Up and Techno at the Chippo

If any day out in your life isn’t complete without heaving kicks and some teeth-shattering claps, the Chippo Hotel will be your best bet for ANZAC Day. Two-Up will be running in the courtyard until the sun goes down, meanwhile both levels of the pub will be soundtracked by a few of Sydney and Melbourne’s finest selectors.

Spacey Space, Robbie Lowe, Persian Rug and plenty more will be showing you what they’ve got. Grab the full lineup and find out more here.

ANZAC Day at Harry’s

If you’re looking for an ANZAC Day event that’s close to the main service in Sydney’s CBD, Harpoon Harry’s will be a treat. They’ll be opening all day from 10am, with all levels and bars ready for business.

A special ANZAC Day burger will be served, and Harry’s will be taking donations for Legacy Sydney. Find out more here.


If Two-Up isn’t your thing and you’d rather just see some live music, you can do that too. Party Dozen are launching their latest single Party Dozen at Oxford Art Factory if you’re after something loud, FROYO are taking over arcade bar 1989 with their synth pop swagger, and psychedelic explorers The Black Heart Death Cult will be launching their debut LP at Lazybones in Marrickville.

Find out more via the links below:

Party Dozen at Oxford Art Factory – Details
FROYO Listening Party at 1989 Arcade Bar – Details
Black Heart Death Cult at Lazybones – Details


If you’ll be spending this ANZAC Day north of the bridge, check out our list of recommendations here.