Australia > Sydney
Beershine (781) The Sunshine State, Florida | June 27, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Interesting and surprisingly wide array of house beers keeps the attention. Atmosphere is s little dull. About 20 house beers on the menu. No guest taps or bottles. Berliner, Flemish sour, Christmas beer, dubbel. dopplebock, IPA, APA, saison, wit, it’s all over the place. Brews are unrefined but playful, and effort is present. Worth a stop.
nate2g (671) 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 (450) Chicago, Illinois | April 20, 2013
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.
gnoff (444) Mölndal, Sweden | August 22, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visted a few times (at least 3) in July 2013, first and second were 10 and 11 July, third was the 16th.
First visit asked for a sample paddle or similar, but they only served samples with food and since I got there at night the kitchen was closed when I arrived.
Very nice and helpful staff though, talked to them a bit on my travel plans and wanting to sample as many local craft beers as possible, then they agreed to let me have samples of all the beers they currently had on tap for a payment of what they saw fit, I like it!
In the end payed $18 for 10 samples, awesome!
Nice place with bar seating, tables seating or outdoors seating. No wifi available, some music playing.
On my second and third visits had a guy behind the bar that was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about the beers.
I wouldn’t really say this is a brewpub, more a cellar door for the brewery that’s actually not located in the same building at all.
Plenty of their own bottles, including vintages, available as well.
Bottles could be a bit expensive, but most of them not too bad. Didn’t eat on any of my visits.
Located on Clarence St. in between King St. and Market St. On the west side of the street, so on your left if walking up from Market St.
Vintage bottles available.
On my third visit got asked if I was "Sydney Banks" or something?
Sledutah (402) Utah | August 23, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
A nice big bar and lots of seating in the restaurant area. I had a tasting plate (small dishes matched to a beer sample). The food was OK, but nothing special. The beer was good solid beers, they had a list of vintage bottles that looked good but were on the expensive side.
Capa (278) Manama, Bahrain | August 30, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
We stopped in here for dinner and drinks but the kitchen closes real early and at 9pm we were limited to a couple pizzas. The pizzas were quite tasty, but we had hoped for more of a meal than that. Oh well. Just be aware that the kitchen does close a touch early. Decent sized space that is sort of segmented into two rooms/spaces. The bar area and a more dining room type space. The location in the CBD makes it a bit classier than many brewpubs. Fairly sparse in the way of decorations. The barkeepers seemed to enough about the beers but were very disinterested at the same time. I was hoping they’d have some of their Baltic Porter available but to no avail. However, when I had inquired about it the barkeeper figured it was time to up-sell the tourist and started showing me all these "amazing" beers (at $75 or more per bottle). No thanks. When I told him I’d just have something off draught he definitely got a little snooty about it. Not horrible or too off-putting, but annoying just the same. Anyhow, the beer is pretty good, though not great. The APA and the Paddy’s Craic were my favorites of the night. The organic pale ale was pretty bad, IMO. I’d stop in again for a pint of something but I don’t think this is a must visit if you are touring through Sydney.
TimE (263) Tokyo, Japan | December 21, 2007
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.
mullet (224) Melbourne, Australia | December 27, 2004
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).
Stew41 (153) 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.
abemorsten (152) Mosterøy, Norway | July 15, 2009
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!
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