Best Places for Pub Grub in Your City


Forget mulled wine and cosy nights in - if you ask us, the best part about winter is the food. Gone are the light salads and poké bowls of summer, now, it's all about rich meat, mouthwatering pizza and juicy burgers. If that's all sounding pretty appealing to you, buckle up, because we're taking you on a pub food tour of the country!

Brisbane: Embassy Craft Beer Bar

Rugged, rustic and just a little bit fancy, Brisbane's Embassy Craft Beer Bar has won over locals and tourists alike with a trifecta of quality nosh, an impressive drinks list and all-round good vibes. As far as the food goes, well, with a menu designed by Hatted Chef Rob Campbell, you just know it's good. You can expect all the pub classics (rump, pot pie, fish and chips, burgers) with a modern American spin. We're sold!

A selection of pub food favourites including buffalo wings, a plate of chicken schnitzel, chips and salad and a pint of beer

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Gold Coast: The Clock Hotel

Schnitty. Parma. Burgers. Steak. Pasta. Surfers Paradise's three-level Clock Hotel has all your pub food needs covered. With most mains coming in under $20 each, it's one of the cheapest and most cheerful meals you're bound to find on the GC. They also host weekly paint-and-sip classes with the folks at Life with Paint, and right now, you can lock in a two-hour painting class at the Clock Hotel for just $29 with Scoopon.

Chicken parmigiana topped with squid and prawns, served with salad and chips on a black plate

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Sydney: The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Operating out of The Rocks since 1841, The Lord Nelson is Sydney's oldest continually licensed hotel - but the food is anything but stale. Inside this three-storey sandstone beauty, you'll find everything from accommodation to their own onsite brewery. Throw in pub faves like pizza, fish and chips, burgers and beef pies with mushy peas, mash and gravy, and you're set for a soul-warming feed.

A beef pie topped with mushy peas and stacked on a bed of potato mash, surrounded by a pool of gravy on a plate

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Canberra: King O'Malley's Irish Pub

Have you looked up the cost of flights to Ireland recently? They're ridiculous! Luckily, you don't have to fly all the way to the Emerald Isle to get a proper Irish pub feed - King O'Malley's should do the trick. Sure, it gets a little rowdy from time to time, but with its rustic, wooden decor, Guinness paraphernalia and all-round cosy vibes, you'll feel like you've just stepped off the plane into Dublin. As for the menu? Burgers, pizza, pasta, schnitty, seafood... this place is comfort food central.

Golden chicken schnitzel on a bed of fries and salad with a pint of Furphy beer

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Melbourne: The Palace Hotel

This local hot spot dates back all the way to 1874, but nowadays, it's the doggo-friendly meeting place that Melburnians can't get enough of. Look beyond its unpretentious brick exterior and you'll find a cosy little pocket of pub food goodness right in the heart of South Melb. We're talking bangers and mash, chicken parma, fish and chips, burgers, pizza, pies and more. See you there!

Pub food including chicken parmigiana, fish and chips, pie and mushy peas and a burger and chips on a table

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Adelaide: Mansfield Park Hotel

Pub food including pizza, schnitzel, steak, burger and chips on a table with wine at the Mansfield Park Hotel

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Ok, so it's a little outside of the CBD (10km to be exact), but trust us, it's worth the trip. Think pub classics with a contemporary twist, like Yoder smoked crispy pork belly with braised cabbage and plum chutney and salt and pepper Hasselback squid with fries. Got some ankle-biters on your hands? While you catch-up with your loved ones, they can hang out in the kids' playroom.

Sounds right up your alley? Head over to Scoopon now and get $50 credit to spend on food and drinks at Mansfield Park Hotel for just $29!

Perth: The Last Drop Beeliar Pub and Brewery

For a quintessential pub experience on the west coast, you can't get much better than The Last Drop Beeliar. It looks every inch the classic British pub on the outside, and on the inside, you'll find all your favourites, from parmy and steak to pizza and burgers. Throw in some international flair (with dishes like nasi goreng, Philly cheesesteak and arancini) and they've got every taste catered for.

Keen to sample some The Last Drop's most popular grub? Visit Scoopon now and grab a decadent platter complete with bevvies from just $29!

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