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The pub was built in 1930 by Bill and Henrietta Pierce (Read 2 at Daly Waters by Elisabeth George 1946) a great tale of the early beginnings of the pub and life as a settler in the outback. In the past the pub has witnessed murders, shoot outs in the main street, cattle stampeding through town and the odd drunken brawls. Station owners threatened to burn the place down or buy it and bulldoze it to stop the local ringers from riding into town, hence the old bath tub & rail to hitch your horse onto.
Today the only shoot out is at the bar during Happy Hour and the only brawling done is between the gangs of Happy Jacks (local birds). Often late at night if alone in the bar you can feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Heavy objects sometimes go flying in the kitchen and it is not the chef. We believe it is Sarah a lady who was murdered here by her husband but he got away with it because he reckoned she was having an affair with the gardener. Many years ago the postmaster was knocked off and his takings stolen the suspect moved from the area and committed suicide many years later.
We liken the pub to an old lady, can be cranky at times just needs a bit of tender lovin' so we are always improving on our facilities and services but don't come if you're looking for 5 stars. The stars you will find are the millions that twinkle each night in a perfect dry season sky, not clouded by smog or noise pollution. During the wet the green frogs will serenade you with a noise which translates to "more rain more rain!!" We love them!
Leave your mark
People often ask how it all started, people leaving behind their mark, as far as we can tell it all started in the 80's. A bet between a coach driver and his passengers (female) that they couldn't drink x nos of beers otherwise had to leave their bra behind and still they do. Some take them off at the bar others are a little more discreet. Many males stare with mouths open wide in wonderment at the huge assortment of cup sizes. A couple of pairs have been likened to hammocks. All the memorabilia is washed regular because the pub has no windows just screens. But don't be fooled we have very good video surveillance and some hilarious footage as a result. People just feel they need to leave a part of themselves here. The walls strain with other people's treasures. Who packs an Irish Hurling stick in their luggage? An Irishman.
Relax and soak it up
We want you to soak up the outback hospitality and happy go lucky feel of the pub, forget the hustle and pressures of the city slicker life. Kick back and enjoy a cold beer or a fancy cocktail we will even put an umbrella in it, whatever your liking. The staff will put you at ease and make you feel like you're at home. Put your feet up and soak in the ambience.
There is no pretence or airs we just want to make you stay longer and take memories with you that will put a smile on your dial whenever you hear the words The Daly Waters Pub. The only requirement is to pack your sense of humour because we thrive on a good belly laugh every day.