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A menu of $10 meals and a generous happy hour might seem like the domain of a suburban RSL or sports club, where pokies offset the cost of booze. However, as with any rule, there are exceptions. Enter the Shakespeare Hotel. Located a five minute walk from Central Station, Shakespeare’s has an ‘olde’ pub vibe and a varied clientele that reflects its central Surry location. The hotchpotch upstairs rooms give the punter seating choices besides the main bar and bistro, and the menu ranges from pub staples like rump steak and pub parma to salmon and $4.50 sides. Unlike some pubs, Shakespeare’s doesn’t try to lure you in with a cheap steak only to hit you with an extra charge for sauce and sides – salad, sauce and mash or chips are all standard. With its lounge feel and affordable menu options, the Shakespeare is a bona fide home away from home. (Jess Black)

200 Devonshire St, Surry Hills. (02) 9319 6883