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 I’ve 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 didn’t 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 (1290) Boomtown!, Australia | July 10, 2009| Updated June 19, 2015
I’ve now visited many times over the years. It’s a consistently good place to find Australian craft on tap and with beers I don’t 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 can’t 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.
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 must’ve 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 I’d never accept anywhere, guess it depends on who’s working, since it wasn’t 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 there’s 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 they’d 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 I’d 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 didn’t 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. Didn’t 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.
Went here in the evening- a little bit of a longish jaunt from King’s 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 don’t 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 I’d 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 you’d 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.
Camons (637) Hasselager, Denmark | March 10, 2017| Updated May 6, 2017
Big bar, dark wood, bar in the middle. Good number of seating, but clearly not enough on a busy early friday evening. 20 taps with Australian micros, of the 5 beers i had quality was good to very good. Fast and Freindly service. Fair prices and a 5 piece sampler avaible at 17 dollars.
Nice selection of locals and international beer to please anyone’s palate. Service could be better, lots of conflicting answers on what is available, and they only allowed certain people to do paddles. I’d go back to tick beers, but didn’t like the vibe.
TimE (343) 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 I’ve 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!
According to their website they are no longer affiliated with Local Taphouse Melbourne, but it’s still called Local Taphouse and there don’t appear to have been any meaningful changes, except the paddles now cost $17.50, which is still a good deal. Bartender was annoyed when I asked for a recommendation, told me to get the lager. Great selection with one-offs from small local breweries. Pretty generic large pub interior with normal pub food. Good place to find beers you won’t see elsewhere.