Sinking a cold one on a hot afternoon hits differently in the outback – particularly at these Broken Hill pubs and clubs.
If you’ve been in Australia for anything over 24 hours, chances are you’ve seen quite the range of pubs in your time in the Antipodes. But when it comes to the Broken Hill region, the vibrant pubs here are considered so iconically Aussie, Hollywood types have travelled across the globe … just to get a few shots for their movie.
And as good as a frosty beer tastes on a hot afternoon in this dusty mining town in far western NSW, we’re thinking they didn’t just come in for a schooner when it comes to the below Broken Hill pubs and clubs.
Whether you’re after a drink, a succulent surf ‘n turf, or simply a night out making the karaoke rounds, Broken Hill has the establishment for you.
Palace Hotel Broken Hill
Embrace the fun with karaoke night at the Palace Hotel.
Most famous for its appearance in the celebrated Australian film, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Palace Hotel actually began as a house of temperance, serving up coffee instead of shots.
The walls are decorated by Indigenous artist Gordon Waye’s murals. (Image: Destination NSW)
Go beyond the fabulously kitsch Aussie landscape murals that bedeck its foyer and head inside its restaurant for bar food – and on Wednesdays – a raucous karaoke night. Accommodation is available here too.
Take in the street views from the deck of the Palace Hotel.
Address: 227 Argent St, Broken Hill, NSW
A pub so quintessentially ‘Aussie outback’, you may recognise it off the bat from its appearances on the silver screen.
The hotel has been the set of many movies. (Image: Destination NSW)
The disturbing Wake in Fright (1971), Mad Max 2 (1981), Razorback (1984) and Mission Impossible 2 (2000) all filmed scenes here.
Take in the outback views from the front patio of the hotel.
Drop by for a cold drink, a gander at all the memorabilia on the wall, and a surprisingly affordable (and wide) range of pub meals for such a remote tourist hot spot.
Inside, the walls overflow with memorabilia. (Image: Destination NSW)
Address: 12 Layard St, Silverton, NSW
Musicians Club Broken Hill
With a history that dates back to 1919, when four musical mates wanted a location where they could jam together with others, the Musicians Club Broken Hill has grown to become the largest club in Broken Hill. A friendly spot with a bistro that serves lunch and dinner, the ‘Musicians’ has all the classic staples of a country club. Stop here for the rotation of live music, to chat with the locals or to try your hand at the meat raffle (a real win for the camp barbecue).
Address: 276 Crystal St, Broken Hill, NSW
The Astra Broken Hill
While Astra’s history goes all the way back to the 1890s, this Broken Hill pub has retained its historical features over the passage of time … as well as adding a wine and dessert bar. If you were inclined to skip a day of Broken Hill sightseeing, you could spend a good part of the day here. At breakfast, there is its Soull Cafe & Espresso Bar. In the evening? You’ve got the option of Trinders a la carte menu Temptations Dessert Bar, Pizzeria & Pasta and Lush: an al fresco cocktail bar on the upstairs balcony.
Sit outside to enjoy your drink. (Image: Broken Hill City Council)
Address: 393 Argent St, Broken Hill, NSW
Tydvil Hotel Broken Hill
Want to try out some local tipples? This historical country pub is also home to the Broken Hill Distillery. Best known for having out-of-the-ordinary and uniquely Australian flavours, the creative choices include redgum honey and quandong gin as well as rosemary, mint and wattleseed. Try out some of these tasty samples, and soak it up afterwards with a hearty plate of chicken parmi.
Address: 318 Oxide St, Broken Hill, NSW