No hipsters thanks: Inner city pub wants hi-vis over man buns
It appears there’s a bit of a cultural war brewing in Sydney’s inner city between hi-vis-wearing tradies and hipsters with man buns.
Some pubs won’t welcome workers in their steel-capped boots after 5pm, but one local joint is fighting back.
Abbott’s Hotel in Waterloo is changing tact, welcoming tradies with open arms whether they’re in hi-vis or not.
The Hotel’s owner Bill Smith says they’re a “working class pub in a working class area” and fedora-wearing hipsters shouldn’t take precedence over tradies.
“There’s plenty of pubs that have signs up saying after five no hi-vis gear, no work boots allowed,” he tells Chris Kenny.
“We wanted to make a stand and let all of the tradies, and all of the hi-vis-wearing workers, let them know they’re welcome at Abbott’s Hotel.”
Bill says his tongue is “firmly in cheek” and of course, all patrons are welcome to a $5 schooner.
“We welcome everybody down to Abbott’s but we’ve had a lot of response from tradies saying, ‘well done, we need somewhere where we are welcome and not looked down upon.'”
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