The Push offers an extensive range of Craft, boutique and international beers, classic cocktails, a wonderful range of Australian & International wines and an inspired tapas style menu. Situated at the gateway to the historic Rocks area close to the Sydney CBD, the Push sits on the ground floor of the much loved Russell Hotel building. Steeped in history and designed with character, the bar is open from noon with full food service every day until late.
The Push History
The Sydney Push was a predominantly left-wing intellectual subculture in Sydney from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Well known associates of the Push include Jim Baker, John Flaus, Harry Hooton, Margaret Fink, Sasha Soldatow, Lex Banning, Eva Cox, Richard Appleton, Paddy McGuinness, David Makinson, Germaine Greer, Clive James, Robert Hughes, Frank Moorhouse and Lillian Roxon. From 1961 to 1962, poet Les Murray resided in Brian Jenkins’s Push household at Glen Street, Milsons Point, which became a mecca for associates visiting Sydney from Melbourne and other cities.
The Push operated in a pub culture and comprised a broad range of manual workers, musicians, lawyers, criminals, journalists and public servants as well as staff and students of Sydney University—predominantly though not exclusively in the Faculty of Arts. Rejection of conventional morality and authoritarianism formed their main common bond. From the mid-1960s, people from the New South Wales University of Technology (later renamed the University of New South Wales) also became involved.