When it’s cold outside

28 Jun

manMap goes to courtNot every winter weekend is as blissfully sunny as the one we just had. The first time I mapped at The Courthouse in Newtown it was pouring. Luckily, I was able to squish my little car into an equally little spot near the door. A few hops later I was in the warmly buzzing heart of pub.

The Courthouse is a great place to spend a drizzly evening because everyone’s pushed from the courtyard and into the main area around the bar. It’s a friendly crowd, which makes mingling easy. Plus you can switch sides of the bar between drinks if you want to check out what’s happening on the other side of the room. Here’s what I discovered in my mapping sessions there:

Percentage of surveyed men who were single: 60%

Percentage of surveyed men in a relationship who have single friends: 100%

Busiest times: Friday nights and Sundays. Very popular on public holidays when lots of non-locals drop by.

Crowd: Mixed crowd of locals or people who work nearby. Good blend of artistic and sporty guys who are friendly and ready to chat.

Wing-girls: Three at most.

What to wear: Funky casual

Top tip: The courtyard is a great place for dinner if it’s not raining but be sure to move back to the bar when you’re finished, where it’s easier to approach men and be approached.

The Courthouse has a similar vibe to The London Hotel in Balmain. After work, local residents and employees gather around the bar to wind down. Although the crowd’s mixed, there are plenty of straight men whose relaxed and friendly natures make them approachable. The pub attracts a broad range of ages too, helpful for the more mature lady. Sport is usually on the TV screen near the bar. Why not cheer on your team with the men? The pub has a strong Newtown personality: diverse, artistic, socially conscious and open-minded. If you like the neighbourhood, you’ll love the men at The Courthouse.


Ages of single men:     

  • <20: 0%
  • 20-30: 44%
  •  31-40: 23%
  • 41+: 33%

Professions: Media, community services, mining, corporate strategy

Interests and hobbies: Sport; socialising; beer/creative pursuits

Clubs: Writing group; live music group; cycling club, scuba club, sailing club, trivia

Top responses to the question “What are the three most important things in your life?”: Family and friends (56%); career/alcohol (33%); books and reading (22%)

Other places these men like to socialise: Kelly’s on King; Gaslight Inn; Toxteth Hotel

Sydney suburbs these guys like best: Newtown, Erskineville, Glebe, Surry Hills

So next time it’s raining, instead of staying in with a DVD and a block of Cadbury’s, why not head to The Courthouse and warm up by chatting to the guys there instead.


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