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Beer still cold out South

Thursday, 11th July, 2019

(From left) South Broken Hill Hotel’s Matthew Gray offers a cold one to the ‘Two Ronnies’, Ron Vlatko and Ron Andrich.PICTURE: Myles Burt (From left) South Broken Hill Hotel’s Matthew Gray offers a cold one to the ‘Two Ronnies’, Ron Vlatko and Ron Andrich.PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

The pub scene is still going strong in South Broken Hill despite the closure of the once prosperous Alma Hotel.

The Alma is still on the market with only two offers having been made so far. Broken Hill Real Estate agent Clifford Wren said the offers hadn’t met the asking price so the pub will remain on the market.

The pub is being offered for around $180,000, which Mr Wren said was good for a newly-renovated building.

“I don’t know where you can buy a property like that for $180,000 in Broken Hill,” Mr Wren said.

Meanwhile, a block down, the South Broken Hill Hotel now has the coldest and freshest beer out the South, which hasn’t been hard for them as they have become the last remaining pub over the Hill.

Bartender Matthew Gray said business had been great out at the South Broken Hill Hotel.

“We’ve definitely picked up clientele, but clientele was good before it closed, mate,” Mr Gray said.

“There was enough room out here for two pubs.”

The closure of the Alma has made a difference in the South, but Mr Gray said it hadn’t affected the great social atmosphere.

What do the Southies drink? South Broken Hill patrons say it’s a toss up between Carlton Dry and XXXX Gold.

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