What’s in a name? In a venue as historic as this, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate where it has come from. In the early 1800’s, The Rocks Push were a larrikin gang who terrorised visitors and sailors who frequented the area. Located on George Street at the gateway to the historic Rocks area, nowadays The Push combines the famed history of the area with a modern edge. The walls showcase the heritage of the location with intricate sketchings of boats and old photographs. Exposed brick walls, brass trimmings and polished floorboards gives a rustic, “speakeasy” warmth.
Get into the essence of the bar and start with “The Larrikin” cocktail, muddled with Jack Daniels, Tuaca, lime, mint and ginger ale. Beyond creative cocktails, there’s also craft beers and a premium wine list. The Push’s menu, created by Nic Whalley and head chef Dean Barlow, is modern Australian with an English and American influence. Think English pork pies with mustard and pickled onion; and scotch eggs with sauce gribiche.
Share plates are aplenty, perfect for grazing with friends over a few drinks, such as Sichuan and kaffir lime crumbed calamari strips with soy dipping sauce, Cajun spiced school prawns with preserved lemon mayonnaise; and a Reuben plate of house poached corned beef, cabbage slaw, Swiss cheese, gherkins, rye and mustard.