After the NSW Government announced it’ll be handing out $100 worth of vouchers for Sydneysiders to go out and spend at local pubs, bars, and cafés, an entire hospo group has now said it’ll match each voucher used at all of its pubs in Sydney and further afield. Gotta love it when the pub shouts the first round, hey.

The Sydney Collective – which includes spots like Northies in Cronulla, The Imperial in Erskineville, and Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel – has announced it’ll double the value of the $25 ‘Going Out’ vouchers the government is handing out to six million Sydney residents when they present them at any of the group’s eight venues.

Sydney Collective CEO Fraser Short said that he wanted to support the communities who have helped keep the local joints alive during this arduous year.

“Our industry’s been hit among the hardest in 2020 and we want to support our local communities who have been instrumental in keeping our businesses alive,” he said.

Plus, we want to see people out having a good time again. We’ve all doubled-down during lockdown and now you can double-up supporting your local.”

This means that instead of only being able to use the voucher for a cheeky schnitty or to knock a considerable chunk off something larger, you’ll have a whole $50 to order a feed.

Truly opens the menus at a few Sydney pubs right up, doesn’t it? You could order the steak and have cash left over for a bowl of chippies or a cheeky dessert. What a treat.

It’s not just the local inner-city haunts that are in on the double-up scheme, either. Daniel San in Manly, Park House in Mona Vale, and Balcony Bar up in Byron Bay are also in on the sweet deal.

The NSW Governement’s Out & About scheme will have its first trial rolled out in December (perfect for long, boozy Sunday lunches) and the full thing will kick off in early 2021, supporting local entertainment venues, hospitality, performing arts, and cultural institutions across Sydney and beyond.

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