Australia > Sydney
nate2g (443) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | November 29, 2008| Updated July 10, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I had a good experience here though was disappointed with what was offered on the taps when I was there. The Baltic Porter & Oatmeal stout were delicious (albeit served way too cold) and the food was well matched to the styles. The barman was very knowledgeable and helpful, though another downside is the pricing is at the higher end.
jrallen34 (271) Chicago, Illinois | April 20, 2013| Updated July 10, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
Tickers paradise in Sydney, 12 taps + another 10-12 bottles. Everything was solid, but very few stand outs. Service was exceptional. I’ll be back for sure, one of the better places in Sydney.
mullet (224) Melbourne, Australia | December 27, 2004| Updated July 10, 2009
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Ambiance is best described as typical Sydney sterility. Mostly uncomfortable wooden stools, with a few footrests in the corner they try to pass off as couches (not comfortable). Definitely worth sitting outside if you can get one of the six (6!) seats. Very clean and well-lit. I found it odd that the place is trying to be so classy considering it really isn’t in the best location. The staff alternate between friendly and aloof. One guy took my order then proceeded to walk off to serve someone else, and then someone else, before returning to pour my beers. The most obvious thing to state about this place is the price - everything is fricken expensive!! Despite all this the place is pretty good, mostly because of the huge range of beers it offers. Twelve taps plus probably five other specialties in bottles only. The beers are all nice and well-made, though they seem to have a filtered, bland sameness after a while. They could be served a bit warmer too. If the beers were available at a more informal (and cheaper!) type pub I reckon I’d be a regular (if it was in Melbourne obviously).
TimE (216) Tokyo, Japan | December 21, 2007| Updated July 10, 2009
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I was simply amazed at the number of beers on tap (26) when I was there and they said they get up to 35 beer. Damn. Atomosphere could be any semi-upscale urban restaurant/pub, nice.
The crowd is definetely the urban professionals and prices reflect that. The beers were a bit more hit and miss than I thought, with a possible infection problem in some. The rauch had butterscotch, which was strange. However, their well known beers like the Baltic Porter were amazing. We met the brewer’s sister and she was wonderful. Very friendly and knowledgable. I really enjoyed talking with her. Overall, this is a great place that I will be back to in Sydney. Wish they pulled out the hand pump more often, but still a must stop on Sydney tour.
Stew41 (118) Woodend, Australia | October 29, 2005| Updated October 28, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
I’ve been meaning to get here for a long time. Very well located, right in Sydney CBD proper, so ideal for workers and tourists alike. The fit-out is a little contrasted, old wordly Italian restaurant / trattoria mets classic Syndey modern bar. Service was a mixed bag - excellent on a quiet Monday (Dom and brewer Dave in attendance...showing lots of passion and excellent advice) but the guys on Tuesday weren’t strong (ie read weak) on the beer knowledge. Food is solid and fairly priced for Sydney, and the tasting plates for $20 (matching 4 beers) is a great idea. Dave was able to provide some feedback on some of the criticisms of the Cafe that I have observed in other reviews, including the serving temp. He concedes that the beers are served cold but they often encourage people to order their following beer 15 minutes ’ahead of schedule’ to permit some warming up. Dave’s basic premise is that he needs the less knowledgable people to at least try the beers in the first place, and as we know most punters are attracted to cold beer. Obviously the beers aren’t cheap (I struggled a little at $14 for the Baltic Porter), most ranged b/w $4 and $6 for 250ml, but I think borders on reasonable for the styles made, and the fact most beers are of very good quality.
SledgeJr (106) Omaha, Nebraska | December 3, 2006| Updated October 28, 2007
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 4/20
This was the first place that we visited upon arriving in Sydney. If I had known how tough it is to find a good beer in Australia, I would have appreciated my beer here more. As it was, the quality of the beer here in no way compares to the best brewpubs I have visited in other countries. However, from the elitist arrogant attitude of the woman serving us, you would have thought that they invented beer at this place. Extremely pompous and ridiculously overpriced, this was a disappointing first beer visit in Oz. The pub area was as sterile as a tissue culture hood. They refuse to sell you a sampler without you pairing it with their self-indulgent little food trays. The place is generally a scam and you will be disappointed because everywhere else in this entire country the Australians are the nicest, most genuine people on the planet. This was our only negative beer experience in the whole country. Since the people at Redoak obviously think more about their beers here than you possibly ever could, let them keep their beer and avoid this place.
jonno (105) , Japan | October 9, 2010| Updated June 27, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 13/20
Pluses - Many styles of beer, fresh and reasonably well made. Good service. Interesting Decor. Minuses - Expensive. Unnecessarily so. A bit upmarket for a beer establishment. Too focused on awards and brewing to style (could be a plus as well!). Overall a nice stop in Sydney.
abemorsten (103) Mosterøy, Norway | July 15, 2009| Updated June 27, 2011
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
I went with my wife back in April 2008. This place is beer heaven. They brew their own beer with flying colors. They serve a variety of dishes made with beer and these dishes are matched with beers. Food was excellent. The uniformed staff is interested in beer; they are eager to tell you the how’s and why’s of the brewing and the beer-food-matching and they seem happy and proud to be working there.
The atmosphere is maybe a bit "high establishment", meaning you may want to dress up a bit if you’ve been running around town in your most comfy tourist outfit all day. It’s also a bit on the pricey side.
But all worth it and highly recommended!
voota (91) Melbourne, Australia | September 3, 2009| Updated June 27, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty up-market kind of place in the centre of Sydney. Good range of beers (though a little bit hit & miss) and great quality food. Fairly pricy. Worth a visit if in Sydney.
NoiZe (76) Amersfoort, Netherlands | June 21, 2009| Updated June 27, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, clean brew pub. Seated and bar tables. 2 tanks in the pub. Nice selection, fair price. Food was not that good.
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