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The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney

Back in business. Following its 2015 closure, Sydney music-lovers have welcomed the return of iconic Chippendale hotel, The Lansdowne. Reimagined by Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham (of fellow Sydney institutions The Unicorn and Mary’s), the pair worked hard to ensure the venue stays true to its original incarnation – a no-frills live music den with moreish meals and tasty drinks. A three-night opening launch was orchestrated with the help of friends The Preatures, Hair Die and Palms, with interiors updated by artist Jess Cochrane. The Unicorn’s Phil Morgan commands a kitchen serving up burgers, Detroit-style pizzas and steaks, complemented by an Australian-only wine list. Welcome back to your local.