The Black Stump Hotel, Merriwagga
Built in 1926, the rumours about The Black Stump Hotel and its claim to the tallest bar in the Southern Hemisphere have spread far and wide. Reaching a height of almost four and a half feet (1.31 metres), the original oak bar was constructed as a ‘ride-through’ – a statuesque solution to those weary customers who didn’t want to leave the saddle of their horse as they enjoyed a cold beverage on their way home. These days, despite no longer having to sit on horseback, travellers from across Australia still eagerly perch at the lofty tavern for the pure novelty.
When Lyn and Jeremy Knowles took over the lease in March 2014, they were aware of the social importance that it brings to the locals and regular patrons – particularly as it is the last business standing in the small township of Merriwagga.
With a beer garden that delivers a perfect space for get-togethers, a dining room serving up traditional home-style pub fare, and sporadic karaoke evenings, the hotel offers something for everyone. Regardless of the fact that it’s hard to reach one side of the tall bar from the other, it’s the perfect height for leaning on to have a chat, and that is something guaranteed with every visit.
Check out the Autumn 2015 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.
Crn Aix and Mons Sts Merriwagga
(02) 6965 4457
Mon Thu 11am – 11pm
Fri Sat 11am – 12am
Sun 12pm – 10pm