I think most inner-westies know about the Olympia Milk Bar. It’s on Parramatta Road, Stanmore and hasn’t changed in the last 40+ years.

Seriously.

It’s famous for the retro decor (and all the old posters and boxes of old chocolates and soft drinks), but also famous for the scary guy who owns the joint. He’s got the nickname Mr Death and even though I’d never been in the shop before, I was already scared of him.

Dan went in YEARS ago (as in, 10+ years ago) and ordered a milkshake. He got yelled at by “Mr Death” because he dared to ask for more milk in his milkshake. And he didn’t go back… until last weekend.

You don’t go to the Olympia Milk Bar for fast service. It took a while, but eventually we were able to order two milkshakes ($2.80 each) and enjoy the interior while we waited.

I’ve done some googling and you can get coffee and tea here. But no cappuccino. He doesn’t “do” that fancy stuff.

Fair enough!

The milkshake turns up in a banged up metal/aluminium/whatever glass and while not the most flavoursome milkshake, it’s well worth it for the nostalgia.

Like Dan remembered from ten years ago, the glass was only about half full, but I managed to stop him from going up to ask for more milk ;)

To be honest, I don’t know why people are scared of this old guy running the shop. He was polite enough to us and even smiled at one point!

Didn’t stop me from freaking out when I realised he saw that I was taking photos!!

Olympia Milk Bar
190 Parramatta Road,  Stanmore

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15 thoughts on “We survived the Olympia Milk Bar in Stanmore!

  1. This place is greener than I remeber. Kinda like politics.

    Posted on 23 August 2010 at 5:28 pm
  2. How awesome – I’m impressed! You’ve taken more photos than I’ve ever seen of the place.

    Posted on 23 August 2010 at 10:45 pm
  3. hahaha oh my friends have been daring each other fora ges to brave this place!

    Posted on 26 August 2010 at 10:53 am
  4. Well done on the photos…when my wife and I first moved to Sydney years a go we stumbled into this place whilst holding a camera and we were (not-so) politely refused service and asked to leave. I guess he’s not one for the lime-light.
    Months later we drew the courage to venture back and it was the best milkshake I’d had in years. (I seldom drink milkshakes).
    I love this place and all the urban folklore it spawns. Check out Vanessa Berry’s book ‘Strawberry Hills Forever’ as she devotes a wonderful chapter to Drac.

    Posted on 25 September 2010 at 12:21 am
  5. Mental note: don’t get cocky and ask to take proper photos in there (cause I’ve seriously been contemplating it!!)

    PS Emma, you should totally go and get brownie points from all your friends ;)

    Posted on 25 September 2010 at 1:13 am
  6. some one must get in touch with HHT and save this memorbilla , when this old man goes to the milk bar in the sky !!!!!

    historic houses trust

    december 2010

    Posted on 30 December 2011 at 3:58 pm
  7. That’s it. I’m definitely going there this month. Been too scared up til now!

    Posted on 2 January 2012 at 12:39 pm
  8. I’ve only just discovered this place. Amazing! I asked to buy some chewing gum as an excuse to get in and have a look around (didn’t realise he did shakes). He told me he could help me when he orders some in

    Posted on 11 February 2012 at 11:50 am
  9. This is a sweet old piece of vanishing Sydney that will undoubtedly soon be lost to us. Both it and its owner deserve a little more respect. Frankly I find some of the attitudes on display here puerile and offensive. Did you even ask his permission to take these photos?

    Posted on 15 August 2012 at 3:22 pm
  10. love this place & have watched it change (little) over the decades, even through the tearing down of the Stanmore Twin next door. I was inspired to write a song by it & wanted to shoot a clip there but he wouldn’t come at it. Can’t say as I blame him really. Here’s a link to a live version from this year’s Glebe Street Fair:
    http://youtu.be/BnkofNPlnD8

    Posted on 26 November 2012 at 9:48 pm
  11. I went in today, it’s a great milk bar, very vintage. Not replica vintage but all original straight out of a bygone era. The man who runs the place was really nice to talk to, very friendly, he smiles a lot. I had a vanilla milk shake take away and it was really good. He also does tea and coffee. Will definitely be back again soon.

    Posted on 12 December 2012 at 9:59 pm
  12. I went in today, it’s a great milk bar, very vintage. Not replica vintage but all original straight out of a bygone era. The man who runs the place was really nice to talk to, very friendly, he smiles a lot. I had a vanilla milk shake take away and it was really good. He also does tea and coffee. Will definitely be back again soon.

    Posted on 12 December 2012 at 10:17 pm
  13. leaved on the suburb for over a year and gotta say the guy scares the shit out of me even today that I am miles away! no chance haha

    Posted on 21 December 2012 at 1:57 pm
  14. $2.80 is very fair for a milkshake. somehow, in this instance, i think it’s rude to ask for more milk.

    Posted on 29 January 2013 at 1:06 am
  15. NIce post :) but I don’t think you can describe as Retro decor , its in fact the same as it always been, simply never updated .
    Its functional sort of clean and very refreshing that there is at least one individual who has not got on the band wagon of constant change for the sake of change.

    Posted on 25 June 2013 at 11:20 pm