There's a new garden bar on campus - can you guess where it is?


Manning House has long been a focus of USyd student life. Courtyard and Hermann’s Bar may have their fans, but Manning is the undisputed top dog when it comes to uni bars – it’s an institution.

Some have predicted the slow death of Manning, but it turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks: the USU has transformed Manning House in preparation for the 2019 academic year, with part of the venue sporting a modern redesign and vastly improved amenities.

Introducing your new campus bar: Manning Social.

There’s greenery hanging from the roof and a lot more places to sit.


The floor has been divided into a number of zones, including a “study zone” with large benches to work on and power outlets to charge mobile devices, a “chill zone” with comfy chairs and large flatscreen TVs, and a “bar zone” with industrial-chic seating and you guessed it, a bar.

The reno is underway as we speak, and who knows what will come next. The large outside area could be a cool beer garden – and we’ve heard there will even be a weekly $2 BBQ.