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the Hopetoun Hotel in Surry Hills in Sydney's inner city, lies dormant, an empty shell.
Until recent times, this small pub was a great music venue, particularly for the left of field and unbderground music scene. I saw many bands here, The Beasts of Bourbon, Rowland S Howard, Kim Salmon, You Am I and many more.
The place would be packed liked sardines, it would smell of stale beer, the walls and carpet were old..and the music was good, subversive and never dull.
Most bars are now trendy and look like airport lounges with no soul. There are not many grungy old artful places around like this. Only a 'bogspot' can save the Hopetoun now..in this world of gentrification, I hold only small hope this place will be resurrected.

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