22 April 2017
After paying your respects at the ANZAC Day dawn service and watching the ANZAC Day March, honouring those who served their country, take part in another ANZAC tradition by placing a bet in a game of two-up on Tuesday, 25 April, 2017, a national public holiday.
Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game in which coins are spun in the air and bets are laid on whether they will fall on heads or tails. The game’s association with ANZAC Day originates from the First World War, during which two-up was played in the trenches and on the troop ships.
Two-up is only legally playable throughout NSW on ANZAC Day, Victory of the Pacific Day (15 August) and Remembrance Day (11 November), with pubs and clubs around Sydney and NSW offering games of two-up for eager punters.
Some of Sydney’s biggest two-up tournaments take place in The Rocks. The Australian Heritage Hotel hosts two-up in their large outdoor courtyard, and The Glenmore’s two-up arena will fill up quick, so get in early. And The Argyle will kick off its ANZAC Day celebrations in their courtyard at around 1.00pm, so make that the next stop on your ANZAC day pub crawl.
Balmain is home to some of Sydney’s oldest pubs and has a strong working-class background, so the two-up game here is strong. The Exchange Hotel and Dick’s Hotel sit on opposite sides of Beattie Street and each host mega-popular two-up arvos, roping off a section of the street to accommodate the ANZAC day revellers. Just down the road, The Balmain Hotel kicks off their two-up at 1.00pm. A more relaxed vibe can be found at the pubs of Newtown, Enmore and Marrickville. Enjoy cheap VB “tinnies” between 11.00am and 2.00pm at Newtown’s Courthouse Hotel and listen to Australian and New Zealand music playing throughout the day.
The terraces and historic pubs of Paddington are the ideal setting for a relaxed afternoon of beers and two-up. The Royal Hotel in Paddington will host two tournaments of two-up, and the game is also on offer at Double Bay’s The Golden Sheaf Hotel from 10.00am. You’ll find two-up tournaments at establishments across Sydney’s East, including the Coogee Bay Hotel, North Bondi RSL, Bronte RSL and Clovelly Hotel.