Garden State Hotel - Public Bar

4.2
121 reviews
$40 and under
Australian
If you’re after a wholesome and relaxed dining experience in the heart of the iconic strip of Flinders Lane restaurants, the public bar is the place for you. On the menu, you will find all your favourite pub classics, including market fish and salad, a house burger and a quality parma as well as a broad selection of moreish snacks and shared items.

Experiences

  • Butcher’s Block

    Multiple dates available

    It’s steak night, but not as you know it. Every Thursday, we showcase our favourite local beef suppliers and feature incredible Australian grass-fed premium beef. Select one of our premium steaks, cooked to your liking, and served with hand-cut chips, herb salad, and your choice of béarnaise, garlic butter, or mushroom jus.
What 121 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.1
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DijanaH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great and customer service was great

MJ
MJCB
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a little loud for a Thursday evening but overall was great. Great food and ambience.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We had 2 booths on the lower level with good access to the bar - 1/2 hour wait for drinks order.
Our food came quickly once order placed and it was yum! Broccoli caesar salad can't get anywhere else will keep me coming back! Men ate some steaks which were well cooked to order.
Had lots of fun! Thanks Linda Soto and Kym Watson.

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ShandelleB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

A nice venue however toilet cues and bar cues in the middle were slow. Music was great until 2am however dance floors very busy. Didn’t eat here though.

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MelissaO
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic but we went for dinner @ 5:30 and the music was night club loud! Had to talk extra loud over diner!

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Ignacio
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for lunch and drinks after work! We’ll come back for sure. Reservation was very flexible and easy to arrange

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vipSamH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good atmosphere and vibe for after work drinks or dinner :)

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lucky
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

lovely surroundings. Helpful staff, nice food. Pretty sure it would be too loud for me when busy, but wonderful during the quiet times of day.

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vipgwc333
London
317 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Good vibrant environment for a catch up with friends. Accessible menu and good drink selection.

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REMIC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice venue, we had a team meeting with 10 people, we were all able to enjoy a pint and great food within our one-hour lunch break.

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Rachlouise
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Great fun. Very glad we booked a table for a party of 6. Good selection of cocktails.

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GC2018
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience4

Waited at the bar from 2.45pm for 20 minutes to order food only to be told that kitchen closed at 3pm. No food or snacks were available.
Drinks were put to our account that was not from our group.
Bar service took ages to serve us.

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Liam
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service from bar staff and the parents enjoyed themselves, the food was fantastic.

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HamishM
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Booked a table for 3 in the beer garden and on arrival got shown a 2 seat table on laneway with my name on it.
Nobody had informed me prior to attending that the area I booked was unavailable.
Staff seemed unfazed by this and did not apologise.
Eventually got shown to a table inside next to the main bar which was the same size as the small table outside.
No room for meals.
Still no apology and staff seemed annoyed at our request and that we were being a nuisance.
We took it upon ourselves to find a larger table in the laneway so we could comfortable eat our meals.
Service was a real let down and food was below par.
Great location and venue but unfortunately can not recommend.

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RickE
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s was great. Would have loved to be able to hold our allocated space for an extra hour.

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SamF
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, nice fresh food and friendly service.

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Too much chilli in pumpkin pasta / couldn’t taste the butter and sage. Prawns in the prawn spaghetti were only prawn pieces not whole shelled prawns. Delivered someone else’s salad to our table initially. We asked for our starters to come before our main and all meals came together. Took ages to clear table of empty glasses.

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MelM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great welcoming atmosphere
Bar staff very friendly and accommodating
The eye fillet was cooked as requested and could have cut with a butter knife
Almost certainly return again

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Nadia
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

This place has been our go to Friday night girls night out.. and it never disappoints. The cocktails are amazing, vibe and overall people.
Wonderful experience everytime.

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GeorgeM
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

Great venue which is one of my favourites, although on a Friday night not a venue to go and dance. Downstairs was blocked off for a function when we were there although I've been to Garden State Hotel (GSH) when it functioned as a club with space to dance. Main bar is nice and open, with heaps of people. Staff are great at ensuring first come first serve being fair to all patrons. I felt like the main bar was the only place patrons would intermingle with other parties in the main area. Booths are semi-private which is great if your require seclusion but still want to be part of the party. Great for people who just want a drink and a chat with friends. Although was let down that dance area was dead, although I suppose it has to do with the patrons being in the mood and not the venue itself. Although not a fan of the dance floor near the main bar, really enjoyed the bottom level bar dance floor vibe.

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Service was terrible, very rude when I added an extra side to the Bill and they tried to take our table back while we were still eating! Too crowded and would just not recommend

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Annon
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Really nice venue, staff is friendly, can get pretty busy but overall great place to go for some afternoon drinks with friends

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Fabes
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great venue and atmosphere. Food was good. 90 min booking for a large group though was too short and would impact future decisions to go there for that kind of night out.

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SallyP
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Charged me for the wrong meal
So loud couldn't hear people at table
Bar guy terrible service

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KatherineO
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great Service, very friendly staff. Was just a little hot in the area thats all, but otherwise food was great. Thank you

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CTCL
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience2

Very nice locations and decor, food was tasty and drinks were fine. Only problem was the noise and how busy it was, however this can't be faulted for the Garden State as popularity is the best endorsement. I would come back for drinks and food in the future.

PJ
PhilJ
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A relaxed, grouse vibe with helpful and cheerful staff. A good smokers' area too.

AB
ABeeee
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great place, food good. A lot of ambient noise so you probably don't need the muzak too. The wait staff were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Although I arrived late my table was given away, however they still allowed everyone in and that’s all that matters. I thoroughly enjoyed the night. Amazing venue. Great ambience and great people

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EmilyM
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really loved our time at Garden state hotel, we will definitely be coming back soon!
The only thing that sucked a bit was that our friends who had work in the day and had to come after 6pm were not let in even tho I generated a guest list online :(

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MelissaR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Amazing food, and service was great. It was quiet for a Saturday however I was in early for lunch. Staff were friendly and loved the location of our table.
Would dine here again.

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AndyH
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great venue and atmosphere, had a great time. Definitely will go back.

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NateH
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great set up, awesome service and staff, food was good however the noise was at times deafening! We couldn’t hear ourselves talk at times but otherwise it’s a really nice venue and great location!

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Poochiemum
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Your staff were bloody lovely! Think it looks better without all the blue stuff hanging in the middle though.

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Aviva
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food we had the rib eye steak and was amazing and not a bad price, the bartender made me up a mock tail when I asked for one and it was the best drink I ever had and so pretty with all the lights and lanterns hanging

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ClareL
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service from the moment we arrived. Friendly bar and service staff. Highly recommend the Garden State spritz! Food gorgeous. Lovely place

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janetteW
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

once inside no covid practices were adhered too. few customers wearing masks and no social disctancing monitored or practiced, eg dance floor. dont go here if you want to follow covid directions mandatory masks inside. had to push through people to get to the bar to pay. impossible to adhere to covid safe practices (besides scanning qr code) and being told to wear a mask at the bar... where no one was

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Alex80
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We had a booking. Half the group was 10 minutes late, so they lined up and when they got to the front they said my name. The doorman said that they could be saying anyone’s name and sent them to the back to wait until people left. Very rude. Only had 1.5 hours for the booking and they weren’t allowed in for the first 30 minutes of it. The staff at the bar were pretty clueless, it took almost 20 minutes to get 1 drink.

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EmmaH
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! Great atmosphere, love all the different areas

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Booked a table for 10:15. Apparently after 10 they don’t guarantee tables. So what was the point of booking a table? Would not recommend.

FAQs

Garden State Hotel - Public Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 121 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.