The Kauri Foreshore Hotel

Posted: August 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Kauri Foreshore Hotel. Glebe, down near the fish markets.
Limited wine list, and only a few beers on tap. The Blackwattle Bay foreshore walk has been done really well. Gorgeous day in the sun for a walk… the company was better than the pub.


The Carrington

Posted: August 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

-Bourke Street is busy around Green Square, but up near this part of Surry Hills it’s pretty quiet – the road has been deliberately narrowed to reduce through traffic and make it more attractive for the locals.

The Carrington has been one of the locals here since 1877. It’s a pub that has appeal to local residents – they have their own “locals card” which offers a 10% discount, as well as

  • “Locals Mondays” (Pasta and Pinot for $15)
  • Locals Happy Hour ($5 Beer, Wine & Spirits from 4-6pm every day when you show your Locals Card!), and
  • a Locals Badge Draw each night at 7, 8 and 9pm where $350 is up for grabs.

As the pictures below show, it’s dog friendly – gotta love a pub with human AND dog food on the menu!

We deliberately sought out a dog friendly pub somewhere near the water this weekend as Sydney was set to experience a beautiful (record breaking) 26 degree winter’s day.

Dick’s is an iconic Balmain hotel, well known to Swans fans as a designated fan hotel showing every Swans game live. A very suburban hotel opposite The Exchange in Beattie St, it has a really clever canvas sound shell over the dog-friendly beer garden that contains the noise and keeps the neighbours happy.

A good range of beers and ciders on tap in the various bars.

What a great little local.

Right near the very end of Darling Street, close to the wharf and bus turning circle, this hotel is a great place to relax in one of the various cars and dining areas.

A great outdoor area, a cozy fire, good range of beers on tap and a decent menu from the kitchen.

It would be a terrific place to book an area for a birthday.

We’ll be back.

The Hunters Hill Hotel… not really a local as it’s a bit more commercial and frequented by plenty of people who have traveled to this well known sports pub.

Recently renovated, it has a great kitchen that pumps out up-market pub grub all day, and huge screens for the folks who come to watch whatever live sport is on.


The Cauliflower

Posted: July 16, 2017 in Drinking at the local hotel

Drive past The Cauliflower Hotel and you’d be forgiven for failing to realise what lies behind the front wall facing busy Botany Road in Waterloo.

First opened in 1838, so of course it has the obligatory front bar but beyond this is a back bar, and upstairs is the “Forgotten Cask” rooftop bar, a terrific retreat with lounges as well as tables and bar stools.

They also brew some serious beers here… 10 and 11%! Not to my liking, but wow!!

The Albion Hotel  at Parramatta is one of those pubs that has a few different characters, depending on the time and day. It’s not on a really busy road so doesn’t get a lot of passing trade, but it does have a bit of a reputation and is well known to many.

Of an evening, particularly a Friday or Saturday night, it’s a busy pub with large groups of people drinking and eating. Sunday afternoon it’s a musician in the courtyard.

Early on a Saturday arvo, however, before the reserved (for the evening) tables are all taken, it’s pretty quiet with a few locals having a brew.