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The Commercial Hotel in George St Bathurst, NSW, Australia, was purchased in 2008 and in a record 3 weeks, it was renovated and reopened as Jack Duggan’s Irish Pub. It is owned and run by Irish publican and licensee - Glyn Daunt and his wife Helen along with Chef of Irish renown - Shannon Barrett and restaurant manager - Peter Barrett.
The name was chosen because of its strong Irish-Australian connection and rich history. “We wanted to open a real Irish pub that would also be a great Australian local” says licensee Glyn Daunt. “My wife Helen grew up a few miles from Castlemaine - the Irish birthplace of Jack Duggan - who was The Wild Colonial Boy and in the Australian version of the folk song, it says that Jack escaped from Bathurst Gaol!! – we loved the connection of this legendary bushranger with both Ireland and Australia and of course with Bathurst.”
Since it opened, Jacks has been receiving rave reviews. Its famous warm Irish welcome, friendly staff, imported beers and top quality live entertainment have been a huge hit with the locals. And residents from the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Orange, and even Sydney now regularly make the journey to Bathurst to savour a pint at Jack Duggans bar and a meal from Ma Duggan’s Kitchen.
Visit Bathurst’s Knickerbocker Hotel!
Drop by the Knickerbocker – the friendly pub with the funny name.
If you’re looking for the best pub fare in Bathurst, a welcoming place to have a cool beer or accommodation for the night – we’ve got it all for you!
Browse through our bistro menu, bottle shop specials and a gallery of our famous hotel. You can also keep an eye on our upcoming events.
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The Oxford Bathurst is the Central West's Premier Entertainment Venue featuring Club Medusa, Bathurst's only Nightclub and Winner NSW Australian Hotel Association Awards for Excellence - Entertainment Venue of the Year 2007
The public bar consists of a 360° bar, the area also provides our guests with a huge amount of seating space and a generous amount of lounge seating as well as tables and chairs.
There is a public bar menu, which allows customers to order and purchase food at the bar, which will then be brought to them.
An attraction to the public bar is the enormous bay windows which follow the front of the hotel, and can be opened on warmer days.
Bathurst Soaring Club is one of the best gliding clubs in Australia with eight club gliders (four two-seater trainers and four single-seaters) and two tow planes at Pipers Airfield just out of Bathurst.
Gliding is the ultimate flying experience.
Gliders soar using the same air currents that birds use to fly, but have also been designed with the kind of aerodynamic efficiency that enables top speeds of up to 260 kph.
Gliding gives you the freedom to explore the world from a unique birds eye view whilst enjoying a safe and challenging sport.
Take a joy flight any weekend or holiday.
Simply turn up at the airfield on weekends and public holidays and the club will do their best to arrange a flight.
To avoid disappointment, book ahead to ensure a flight will be available at your preferred time.
Everybody is welcome at the Bathurst Golf Club.
Established in 1894 the golf course is a true test of golf with excellent greens and places as the third oldest Club in New South Wales.
Golf professional Matt Barrett is a highly regarded coach and keen to see you on the course.
Bathurst Harness Racing Club is one of the state's largest and most successful harness racing clubs outside of metropolitan Sydney.
Bathurst club is centrally located within Central West NSW.
The Club enjoys a strong harness racing following and participation with 52 tab race meetings hosted annually.
The Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival is the feature of the harness racing calendar - held annually in late March.
It features six race meetings and many social events.
The two year old finals on the last Saturday night of March each offer AUD100,000 in prize-money.
Enjoy the excitement of harness racing at the Bathurst Showground.
Located opposite the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre as part of the Show Ground Complex, harness racing is easy to access for visitors to Bathurst.
Bathurst RSL is located in the NSW Central Tablelands town of Bathurst, around 3.5 hours drive over the Blue Mountains from Sydney.
Bathurst RSL boasts modern facilities including a Lounge Bar, Diggers Bar, Bistro, all day dining in the Coffee Shop and 3 function areas.
The Bistro provides very affordable meals with a menu including all the favourites and is open for lunch and dinner daily. The Coffee Shop is perfect for that all day snack. Here you can choose from a roast beef roll, quiche, burger, toasted sandwich or coffee and cake all day, every day from 9am till late. The Lounge Bar is the central area of the club where you can catch up with your mates and enjoy free live entertainment on Friday, Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons. The Lounge Bar is adjacent to the Gaming Lounge, Bistro and Coffee Shop.
The Auditorium is the largest function area with a capacity of 300 guests theatre style. With its own private bar, a stage, a mammoth projector screen and bridal room facilities, the Auditorium is fully self contained. The Courtyard Room has a capacity of 80 theatre style and has a fully stocked bar and access to an outdoor area. The Heritage Room is ideal for functions from 24 boardroom style to 50 theatre style, perfect for a training seminar aor meeting.