On Newtwon. The best pub in Newtown to watch NRL is the Golden Barley and is probably one of the best examples of a "traditional" suburban pub in all of Sydney. Sure, it is technically in Enmore but it's a short stroll from King St and has everything that a pub goer could want. Good tap list, decent feed, beer garden, great ambience with plenty of character and entertaining locals whose preference is NRL. Pool, Pinball and a suitably rock n roll Jukebox. A TAB for those who want it and they have real good live music occasionally. The second best pub in Newtown is the Courthouse which is just behind (surprisingly enough) the Courthouse and is again not on King St. It's a real old fashioned shabby boozer that a lot of people would think is a shithole and a favourite of Newtown locals but the food is good and the vibe is great. The only problem is that if the Swans are playing they might not have the NRL on. The Vic on the Park and the Henson Park Hotel are further afield- techinically in Marrickville; but have also been renovated sympathetically and are blisteringly good places to get pissed, watch footy (the Henson has a delicious Newtwon Jets vibe) and eat grub. The pubs on King St are not the best pubs in the area but the best ones as follows: Newtown Hotel. Union Hotel. Botany View Hotel. All of these joints shit on anything in the CBD which is a dead zone since the lockouts were installed and I urge you to avoid the joint like the plague. I had a session in one of the few remaining cool joints in the CBD (Frankies Pizza) and fielded questions from many bewildered out of towners about what in the actual f**k happened to Sydneys night life. Fact is you have to get to Surry HIlls or Newtown to get your party on.