Retro Hotel, Sydney, Australia – Review


Situated in what can only be described as no man’s land between King’s Street Wharf and George Street lives a venue that will take you back in time.  That venue is The Retro and has been the destination of choice for 70’s and 80’s music enthusiasts since forever (well at least the 70’s or 80’s).  The Bristol Arms Hotel (or simply the Retro) is frequented by Sydney’s 30+ crowd looking for a great night out.

With about 5 floors to choose from (this is an approximation and I’ll explain why in a second), the Retro has something for everyone, whether it be the live music venue with authentic sticky carpet, the rooftop terrace, the pool tables or the regular fancy dress nights, the Retro has something for everyone.

As with many refitted pubs, the Retro requires you to leave your pretentiousness at the door… you’ve been warned.  As you would expect from a venue with 7 bars, the Retro is a place you go to if you want to have “a drink.”

Although the Retro runs regular events and specials throughout the week, mainly for the overworked office staff that surround the Retro, the place comes to life Friday and Saturday. With rooms such as Old Skool and Party Central it is no wonder this is one of the most popular clubs in Sydney that continues to thrive with a dedicated group of loyal patrons.

Another thing that might interest you if you are heading to the Retro is the plethora of Hen’s Nights held here.  (I’d say every time I’ve been here I’ve been witness to the crazy antics of women celebrating the soon to be marriage of one of their group).  Needless to say, this is fantastic side entertainment to what is inevitably an interesting night out, as all nights are when they centre on the Retro Hotel.

Lastly, a little bit of advice from a seasoned professional.  If you do decide to call it a night at 3am, and are struggling to find a taxi, all you do is walk down Sussex street to the Slip Inn as this is one of the few places you will be able to get a taxi at 3am in the morning.