The Royal Sovereign Hotel (Darlo Bar)

Sydneysiders, particularly those who frequent the CBD night scene may have heard of the Royal Sovereign Hotel…or, as it’s more popularly known, Darlo Bar. Turns out the name of the hotel has remained the same for over a hundred years. My third great grandmother, Emmeline Matilda Stevens was the manager of it from 1904 to 1908.

licensing court
“Yesterday, at the Licensing Court, the following transfers of publicans’ licences we granted: Mary Derkin to Emmeline Taplin.” From the Australian Star, 18th February 1904. Courtesy of Trove.

The original building, that I believe Emmeline would have been working in was demolished and rebuilt a little after 1925.

sovereign hotel
The Royal Sovereign Hotel, taken between 1921-1925. Photo from NSW State Archives.

I am not sure if I’ve ever been to Darlo Bar, but I’d be interested to check it out now!

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