These Sydney Restaurants Are Giving Free Meals to Hospitality Workers In Lockdown 2.0

Oxford Tavern free meals

In response to Sydney’s latest snap lockdown, restaurants and bars are coming together to offer hospitality workers a place to pick up a hot meal, have a shot or two, and are providing care packages.

If you are a hospitality worker or know of one who could use a care package or free meal, visit these restaurants and bars.

Also, now is the time to serve the service industry. We’ve opened up Thrillist Serves to the hospitality industry to add their venues and help promote their offering at a time they need it most. If you own a restaurant or café, or know someone who does, flick them this link to get signed up. And while you’re at it, visit the link, and order takeaway (and/or merch!) directly from some of your favourite venues.

Bungalow 8

The Australian Venue Co. is preparing 2000 meals for any of its employees or other hospitality industry workers who need them. You can get a Mates Bag of seven meals (plus one dessert). Register here.

Chin Chin

The team at renowned Chin Chin is offering 500 meals per day to the hospitality community between 4 pm to 6 pm. To be eligible: you must be an affected hospitality worker and be able to provide evidence from your employer that your hours have been impacted as a result of lockdown. One meal per person available per day until exhausted (maximum 500 meals per day). Order here.

The Duke of Enmore and The Oxford Tavern

The Duke of Enmore and The Oxford Tavern are shouting affected hospitality workers with one free meal per day until the end of the one-week lockdown. 

Whether it’s underemployment or shift uncertainty as a result of the latest restrictions, affected hospitality workers can head to The Duke or The Oxford Tavern for a free takeaway meal off a specially designed menu, which also includes vegan and vegetarian options.

The Duke will also be shouting one free pickleback shot per day (a shot of Jameson followed by a shot of pickle brine) to help soothe those lockdown blues.

While it’s the first time The Duke is offering free takeaway meals for affected hospitality workers, it’s not new for The Oxford Tavern, which offered free meals to underemployed hospitality workers throughout the lockdown in March last year.

The Taphouse

For those struggling in the hospitality sector, all you need to do to get your hands on a free meal and a cheeky shot of bourbon is head down to The Taphouse and request one of their ‘hospo meals’. The sweet deal includes a house crumbed chicken schnitzel with gravy, chips, seeded salad, or a vegetarian pasta puttanesca with onion, garlic, a little chilli, sun-dried tomato, olives, capers and parmesan. The offer will be up for grabs throughout the duration of the lockdown and there’s a maximum of one meal plus one-shot, per person, per day. 

In order to help their own staff impacted by the changes, The Taphouse has also increased its capacity for delivery— extending a food and drink delivery service brought to you by Taphouse bartenders and staff. 


The legends at Mary’s Newtown have announced that they will be doing an offer for those in the hospo industry who are waiting to see when they can go back to work. The Newtown favourite is dishing out a burger and a beer for $10 supported by the good people at Young Henrys. To be eligible hospo staff simply need to show their RSA or Hospo payslip (limit one deal per person, per day). 

Sneaky Possum

The Sneaky Possum is giving free burgers to any and all hospitality workers, all day everyday.

Burrow Bar

Burrow Bar are offering free packed meals for pick up after 3 pm on Wednesday. Email [email protected] to pre-order a meal. Choose from a rice box with protein and vegetables, or request a vegan or vegetarian meal.

Door Knock

Anyone with an RSA can visit Door Knock for a care package, filled with fresh fruit, groceries, and most importantly toilet paper. You can bring your own box and bag and fill it up with everything you need. There are also many takeaway deals and if you are feeling unwell, they can arrange delivery to your door.

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