The Wild Rover is your local Surry Hills neighbourhood bar. A swashbuckling, foot stomping, riotous escape from pomp, it’s designed as if it had always existed, but has only recently been found. An Irish folk barn crossed with New York chic set in an unassuming clothing house, hidden from street view.
The history of The Wild Rover started with boyhood mates, Jimmy and Wazza, meeting in 1992 and they have been pretty much inseparable ever since. Travelling the world together, the boys spent time in the UK and Europe, drinking their way through bars and spirits, perfecting their craft, before returning to Australia to start up their own brand of boozing pleasure kicking off with one of Sydney’s first small bars, Grandma’s in 2010.
Sharing a love of booze and a good time, the boys paired up with Kimmy to run The Wild Rover in 2012, bring to life their shared vision of a jovial, rollicking, good time whiskey bar.
As is always the case with a good story, the opening of The Wild Rover was not all plain sailing with a twelve month delay in opening due to unfortunate circumstances and Liquor Licensing restrictions but eventually the boys overcome these challenges and once the big green door was open for business, they've never looked back!
The Wild Rover family now consists of 15 dedicated ‘Rovers’ who provide friendly, casual, efficient service and many of them have been there since day one. We pride ourselves on saying hello when you walk in the door and goodbye when you leave.