There is a peculiar Japanese-style Pub in Surry Hills, a 3-minute walk from Central Station. It’s very popular and attracts crowds on Thursday to Saturday nights.
A quirky Japanese-style pub
A pub is a common place to get drinks in Australia, but here, GOROS is something that defies convention. Its entrance looks just a normal pub except the name which sounds Japanese. “Goro” is one of the common names for Japanese boys.
The interior of the pub looks just like any typical pub, but if you look at the details, you will find a lot of Japanese-inspired stuff.
There is a lantern with the words “Moshi Moshi” written on it. “Moshi Moshi” means “Hello” when you make a phone call in Japanese, and there are flags made from Japanese handkerchiefs called tenugui.
There is a courtyard with interesting paintings of Sumo, Fuji, and Geisha, which are part of traditional culture in Japan.
These Japanese stuff make GOROS quirky and unique. Pubs aren’t common in Japan since it’s more of a Western concept, so seeing a pub decked with Japanese items and décor is something that takes getting used to.
Sake in a teacup
GOROS serves Japanese alcohol and food. Sake is special here. I ordered Houraisen ($18/90ml). Surprisingly, they use a cocktail shaker’s measuring cup to pour a glass of sake.
They use sake cups which are normally used for drinking tea in Asia, even for Daiginjo, the highest grade of sake. Perhaps, you might prefer drinking sake from a teacup instead of drinking it from an ochoko and tokkuri—a small traditional Japanese sake cup and a vessel for pouring sake.
GOROS also serves some Japanese snacks like Yakitori, Sushi, and Gyoza, but I strongly recommend this place for drinking sake or other alcoholic drinks because this is pub, a watering hole, where drinks, not food, is not the main focus.
The selection of sake: Good
Japanese-style food: Not enough
At GOROS, you can experience sake just like drinking in your favorite local pub. I hope to be able to drink sake more in common places like pubs, so that the culture of sake would expand in Australia, and drinking sake becomes more and more accessible to ordinary people.
As you can see in the picture, I am enjoying a cup of sake with this massive Garfield who welcomes any drinking buddy he can “purr-suade”!
Location: 84-86 Mary St., Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia
Open: Mon – Wed 11:30am – 12am / Thu 11:30am – 1am / Fri 11:30am – 3am / Sat 4pm – 3am