Letter From Sydney

Once forgotten corner pubs in Sydney make a bubbly comeback

They are being rediscovered by upmarket patrons and a younger generation that often views them as a novelty

People enjoy their drinks at a pub in Sydney on Oct 11, 2021. New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, currently has 2,052 pubs, with about 70 per cent of them on corners. PHOTO: AFP

For more than 30 years, the dilapidated vine-covered building in Sydney that houses the Terminus - one of the city's oldest pubs - stood empty and abandoned on a busy corner in the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont.

For decades, the pub, which is more than 150 years old, served the dockside labourers who would arrive for a drink after finishing work at the nearby shipping docks and wharves. But the pub shut its doors in the 1980s as heavy industry and maritime operations moved out of the city centre.

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