The original pub was built in 1884 by John DeBaun, when Silverton was a mining powerhouse. He soon moved it into a two-storey building that burnt down in 1918. In that year the pub moved into its current building, which used to be the town’s post office.
The character-laden main bar of the Silverton Hotel has walls lined with hats, guitars and funny signs, and there’s plenty of old memorabilia about the place. “It’s a hotel and a museum all mixed together,” laughs publican Peter Price.
The pub has a large covered entertainment area and there’s a stage for live music. It also offers great “pub tucker” at affordable prices.
If you’re keen to stay the night, there are seven self-contained units out the back, opposite the ruins of the original two-storey pub. The exterior of the accommodation block is made from recycled timber and iron, but the rooms themselves feature modern décor and offer plenty of space and comfort… and hot showers.
The town of Silverton has attractions including many local artists and the famous Mad Max Museum, and the pub should definitely be at the top of your list the next time you head to outback NSW.
Hours: 5am-12pm (Mon-Sat); 10am-10pm (Sun)
Beers on tap: XXXX Gold, Tooheys New and Old, and Hahn SuperDry ($7 schooner)
Other refreshments: Selection of cans, stubbies, soft drinks, and red and white wines
Meals: Breakfast $8.50-$16; Lunch around $12; Dinner $15-$27
Accommodation: $120 for double w/en-suite; $25 per extra person
Phone: (08) 8088 5313
Manager/owner: Peter Price
Address: 12 Layard Street, Silverton NSW 2880