Side stepping ‘the swill’


TWO regular customers at a Goulburn Street hotel in Sydney discovered how to get quick service “during the peak-hour rush”, reported ‘Column 8’ in the Sydney Morning Herald on August 12 1950. Sydney’s pubs, during these years, were at the peak of the “six-o’clock-swill” era, with men packing the bars to get their quota of beer before closing time at 6pm.  “They’ve bought a little bell which they tinkle as soon as they arrive. At that signal the barmaid pulls a couple of schooners and passes them across the mob to the two regulars,” the columnist reported.


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