Friday, March 19, 2010

The Hotel aka The Bar

I've noticed a funny thing in Sydney. There are many local establishments in every neighbourhood occupying prominent (as well as not so prominent) corners. These places are usually called "The (INSERT NAME) Hotel." This isn't your Marriott establishment as all they do is serve beer. Basically they are pubs. While I don't have the facts to back it up, I am told that there used to be a law that bars needed to have accommodations along with being places where locals could enjoy a pint. Hence, pubs that are also hotels. While some pubs do offer VERY affordable rooms for rent, most have done away with the old tradition.

But the hotel name stuck. A funny little local particularity.

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