The lockout laws have seen the closure of numerous beloved venues around Sydney, but at least one place is throwing its middle fingers up to that trend: the iconic Lansdowne Hotel in Chippendale, which has been quietly undergoing renovations for the past several months, and is set to throw its doors open again later this year.
Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham, the owners of Mary’s Newtown and The Unicorn Hotel in Paddington, are the chaps behind the renovation, and have said that they are aiming to have the venue open for business by the June long weekend.
Over the years, The Lansdowne has seen performances by You Am I, The Go-Betweens, The Living End, The Hard-On’s and The Preatures, and the new owners are hoping to drag live music kicking and screaming back to Sydney. Lord Mayor Clover Moore has spoke glowingly about the hotel’s new lease on life, saying:
“I’m really encouraged by this news – to see an iconic venue like the Lansdowne returning feels like it could be a real turning point for live music in Sydney. It’s a good sign for Sydney’s music community the new owners are keeping the Lansdowne’s long history in the Sydney music scene alive with a meaningful focus on live music, we’re looking forward to working with the new owners whenever we can.”
The newly-invigorated Lansdowne will have a bar and kitchen downstairs, slinging burgers and pizza, and a whole floor upstairs dedicated to music. The June opening date may be slightly optimistic given the level of renovations, but Smyth told Fairfax that “we’ve been running this like a motherfucker,” so I guess we’ll see.
Source: The Lansdowne.
Photo: The Lansdowne.