After a bit of a bad spell, this place has come back into itís own. Fantastic beer selection (maybe itís not as good as some interstate counterparts, but itís the best in Sydney), great food and some fun special events. The staff can be a bit hit and miss, trick is to come in during the quieter times, and youíll get some guys who really know their stuff and are more than willing to have a bit of a chat about the beer. Overall, the best craft beer bar in Sydney.
So glad this is my "local".
They have a great rotation of local and international tap beers, and lots of extras in bottles(although these are pretty expensive). Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and decent food is available.
Atmosphere is laidback and relaxed on quiet days, very loud and crowded on popular nights, so pick your time to visit.
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.
Visted on a Saturday afternoon when it was quite busy. Great selection of beers but a bit cramped and noisy. Not quite what I was expecting. Would like to visit mid week or on a Sunday when it is presumably a little quieter.
Very European in feel and look. In a way small and cramped though. Very little parking in the area and if you want to be there over an hour a train is your best option.
Service is good but nothing over the top or makes itself stand out.
Beer selection is crap compared to Melbourne location. gets better stuff. Pricing can be good to way overpriced.
Value wise if you live in the area it is a godsend. If you are on the other side of the bridge that is another matter. Not nearly as good as the Wheatsheaf in Adelaide.
Stew41 (177) 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!
TimE has the best thoughts here on this bar. Rough and ready place, though no rough types there. Decor is old and a bit haphazard. Feels a bit unclean. 2 levels the real draw is the excellent range of beers they get here. Service was friendly and prices are decent - though bottles are pretty over the top (though this is average in Australia). Good place but the Wheatsheaf is still the quintessential craft bar I have visited in Australia in terms of overall experience.