Coopers Hotel

221 King Street Newtown, NSW 2042

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Opening hours Mon-Fri 7am-midnight,Sat 9am-midnight,Sun 10am-10pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Outdoor seating, Gluten-free options
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments eftpos
Phone 02 9550 3461

Downstairs is your traditional pub, upstairs a new world awaits. An alfresco, decked garden with picture windows onto King Street flows into a deck bar with high tables and a cosy bistro. The food lives up to its imaginative environment with a menu travelling beyond the schnitzel. A battle of food ownership breaks out over both entrees: the gravity-defying tower of crispy noodles tossed with melting spiced soft-shell crab and the roasted red pepper salad with a halo of Sichuan calamari. The Cajun chicken burger tastes a long way from Louisiana, and requires python-like flexibility to get your jaws around it.