Tucked under the pylons of its namesake bridge, the Story Bridge hotel was built in 1886, and was originally the Kangaroo Point Hotel. The name change came in 1940 to coincide with the opening of the landmark Story Bridge, an event that saw 600,000 people turn out to walk across it.
The hotel is the venue for one of the world’s most unusual events: The Australia Day Cockroach Races (every January 26), which even made it into the
Guinness Book of Records in 2010 as the ‘Oldest Roach Races’.
Thousands of people head to the hotel on Australia Day to race cockroaches with numbers painted on their backs and names like Cocky Balboa, Osama Bin Liner and Sir Roach-a-Lot. It’s a charity event, with prizes for the “owners” of the fastest roaches.
One of the most popular parts of the pub is The Shelter bar, an old bomb shelter positioned between the pylons of the bridge. The big nights are Friday and Saturday, but it can also be packed for the Sunday ‘session’ when the Outback Bar carries on the pub’s 50-year tradition of live jazz sessions on Sunday afternoons from 3pm.