Scruffy Murphy’s, Sydney, Australia – Review


If there is one word that describes Scuffy Murphy’s then that word would have to be… MESSY!  Make no mistake of it, this place is not for the pretentious, classy or faint of heart.  If you’re at Scruffy Murphy’s (or Scruffs) then you are there to either get drunk of pickup so leave your inhibitions at the door.

With live band’s on the weekend, the early crowd at Scuffy’s is generally backpackers looking for cheap drinks.  In saying that, many people are also there for bands playing cover’s of the latest (and not so latest rock music).  If you are heading here early however it is recommended you knock back as many cheap drinks as possible before moving onto another venue as the real Scruffy Murphy’s only comes alive at about 2am.

So what is the real Scruffy Murphy’s you ask?  Well let’s just say that if you get kicked out of anywhere in the city for being too drunk, then you will be met with open arms at Scruffy Murphy’s… and Sydney bar and nightclub enthusiasts know it!

It’s at this time that downstairs comes alive, playing that latest hip hop and electronic music, which is ironic given upstairs is 100% live music.  In any case, downstairs is where it is at for sure at this time, which is filled by horny under 30’s looking to take someone )or something home for the night. Couple that with cheap drinks and you have the making of something interesting happening.

If you are concerned however with something untoward happening, never fear as the bouncers here are the best in Sydney.  As someone who has hangs out with a few guys that get kicked out of places for being wasted on a regular basis, I can say without question that the bouncers here ensure trouble makers are removed immediately, however ensure that everyone is not “on edge” every time they down a drink.

Moral to the story, Scruffy Murphy’s is not somewhere you set out to go to.  It’s where you end up when you are stumbling down the street with your friends at 2am in the morning trying to find a place to go.  In saying that… it is well worth a visit!