Smallish place with a bigger area upstairs. Comfortably crowded on a Sunady night with a great vibe. Food was delicious. Tap list was the best Iíve seen in Australia. Of course, this was the first place I visited, but it was a great list anyway, with mostly dark beers left from an event of some sort. Staff was very friendly and helpful, Jason in particular made sure that I didnít miss any of the unique beers on offer. Worth going out of your way to try this place. Minor quibble was that the music was a bit loud for conversation, which I guess was why everyone was shouting. Alcohol may have played a part too.
nate2g (1094) Boomtown!, Australia | July 10, 2009| Updated June 19, 2015
Iíve now visited many times over the years. Itís a consistently good place to find Australian craft on tap and with beers I donít usually see elsewhere around Sydney in my experience. Service and overall enjoyment can be wildly variable though, depending on when you time your visit. I definitely prefer a quieter afternoon visit to avoid the potential mayhem of after work crowds and busy evenings. The tasting paddles are great to get through a few. Food menu available but I canít comment as always skip eating here. The Local is still going strong all these years later.
This is an awesome place. Deceptively massive, with many levels of seating, including a roof top area with its own bar. Excellent tap list and they do custom paddles. Prices are standard (high) for the city. We had some dinner here too - the food was decent. Service is friendly and helpful. A must stop when in Sydney.
Went here in the evening- a little bit of a longish jaunt from Kingís Cross but walkable from where I was staying. The interior is dimly lit with lots of dark wood. Atmosphere is that of young, upper class business men getting off work to relax and network. Pretty upscale so donít come expecting a dive bar- more posh like Churchkey in DC. The tap list focuses almost only on Aussie craft beer. I was very excited to find Feral Brewing stuff, which is the only Australian brewery I know of that makes and wild ales. They were quite good. I also got a sampler flight, which Iíd recommend to try a bunch of different things. Food here was excellent- I had something like hanger steak that was divine. Pretty expensive though, but then youíd be paying the same for crap beer and bar food at almost any bar in Sydney. Very nice place to head out to get away from the tourists on The Rocks and the clubbers in Darling Harbour. Getting here a bit earlier for dinner is probably a good idea before it becomes a bar in full swing.
Visited twice more on the latest trip, October 9 and 10 (2015). On the 9th had one beer served as another/incorrect beer, pointed this out, but was just received by "my colleague mustíve messed up, sorry" which is not acceptable! At least give me the beer I actually ordered... On the 10th had great service once more. So for most times have had fantastic service, then once what Iíd never accept anywhere, guess it depends on whoís working, since it wasnít even that busy at the time. Can get crowded and can get noisy. Good selection on tap though. Nice with the tasting paddle system, how it is implemented. Got the feeling thereís an upstairs part too, on 5 visits have only been by the bar myself.
Visited July 10 and 16 (2013). First was evening and rather busy, some live music played. Second arrived rather late after calling ahead and checking theyíd be open a while longer. Both times nice, fast, friendly service. Good knowledge of the beers and when they had time were happy to just chat with you. Getting to the place the first time sent me on a detour, walked up Albion and turned right, did see a crosswalk on the other side before turning the corner, but figured Iíd be able to cross easy down the road, but kept walking way past the pub before I had to turn a few streets down and finally track back and got to the correct side of the street. Second time just opted for the one crosswalk on Albion, made it so much easier. About a 20 minute walk or so from the central station/Chinatown, decent area to walk in too. Fairly busy road outside, but didnít see much space for parking. Not that big, some seating available at tables, I spent most of my time on a chair by the bar. Offered 5x90 tasting paddles for $15, and had some 20 taps plus a hand pump to choose from. Manly domestic craft beers and some imports as well. Also a fair selection of bottles to go for if you wish. No WiFi available. Could see beer from my hometown on bottles, Dugges from Sweden, nice surprise. Also some Danish micros on bottles. First visit had a very nice helpful girl set me up with my beers. Second visit a guy that was very happy to help me out and chat, he was also a metal head so could talk some music as well. One of the better places for my taste I visited in Sydney, and a place many of the breweries and even other bartenders recommended me to visit. From my first to my second visit had a bunch of new beers on tap, so could get another paddle and get busy. Make sure to stop by. Didnít eat, but saw plenty that did, seems like a nice place to get food as well. Visited once more, the afternoon of August 10. Fairly busy, asked if I could get a paddle and include the handpump, that was no problem at all. Again quite a few new beers on tap.
Nice selection of locals and international beer to please anyoneís palate. Service could be better, lots of conflicting answers on what is available, and they only allowed certain people to do paddles. Iíd go back to tick beers, but didnít like the vibe.
TimE (316) Tokyo, Japan | December 27, 2009| Updated January 2, 2010
Decent place, though the atmosphere feels a bit faux and the staff are amongst the least bright Iíve come across in any bar - though they do have rudimentary knowledge of beer and were somewhat friendly. Beyond that, this place is brilliant. Selection of rotating Oz brews - though not a large portion of the entire taplist - was spot on and served in good condition and temperature. Prices seemed reasonable. Food was excellent (I enjoyed a Salami Pizza). Menu is informative and explains about beer styles and food indicates what beer goes with which food. Very good presentation for attracting people to try craft beer. Did not having anything from bottles, but list seemed impressive. A must for any out of town visitor to Sydney.
Also it should be mentioned, I told the bar staff they need to put operating hours on thier website. They said they will get on this. I am not holding my breath. Until then, just guess!
Visited on 10th and 16th September 2015. This intimate alehouse is close to the popular Oxford Street, situated on a street corner in Flinders St. Friendly staff dispense a fine selection of local and global brews, and offer tasting paddles (flights) in addition. By no means cheap, but you get a good drop in a great atmosphere. The food menu read well but I had eaten elsewhere beforehand. Definitely one of Sydneyís best pubs - I loved it!
Stew41 (166) Phuket, Thailand | April 19, 2011| Updated April 20, 2011
In line with expectations which, admittedly, were high. Fitout compared to Melbourne is same but different. Very good use of dark wood panelling but the classic inner city pub roots canít be denied complete with art deco tiling and wall bench bars. Range very good and in line with Melbourne. Pricing in line with bad Aust craft pub premium pricing. Must be Sydís best venue? Service soldid without being OS. Plus they play great alt county like Wilco and Golden Smog!
Visited here a few times recently, and was quite impressed. 20 taps, almost all of which were micros, and 3 of which were from a featured aussie brewer (Moo Brew when I was there). For A$13 you could get 5 samples of the tap beers, which is also nice. Bottle selection was pretty good with a number of Belgian offerings, even if they were kind of spendy. Staff was very friendly, and seemed to know some about the beer. Very cool feel to the place, even if the neighborhood was so-so. Definitely worth stopping at if in Sydney.