So we’ve made a decision on what to do for 2017… DRINK! (and a walk of course #justification)

The notion of the local hotel, one where the locals go, where the barman greets the regulars by name and knows what they’ll have, is a romantic one.

Are there 52 local hotels to be found? Oh, and 52 different beers or Marlborough NZ Savignon Blancs to sample as well 🙂

A few years ago, we stumbled across the London Hotel in Balmain and had a drink and dinner there on a quiet week-night.

We honestly felt like uninvited intruders! The bar staff were terrific, I’m not suggesting for a minute that they didn’t make us feel welcome… however, it was clear that we were outsiders. The barstaff didn’t know our drink order automatically, we weren’t greeted by name, and we didn’t have a dog with us at the bar!

So, a visit to the local each week. Here’s what we’ve found so far… most recent at the top.

Have a great weekend in Sydney!

John & Robyn gmetaljarg@gmail.com

The Flying Duck Prahran Moo Pilsner  The Pass Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ
The Lord Dudley Paddington Norman Australian Ale Lawsons Dry Hills Estate Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
The Royal Paddington Stella Artois Mudhouse Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
Royal Oak Balmain Murrays Whale Ale Kimi Sav Blanc  (Marlborough New Zealand)
Sir William Wallace Hotel Birchgrove Little Creatures Bright Ale Angel Cove Sav Blanc (Marlborough New Zealand)
The Grand National Paddington Hawkes Lager The Pass Sav Blanc (Marlborough New Zealand
The Shakespeare Surry Hills Young Henry’s Real Ale Satellite Sav Blanc (Marlboro NZ)
The London Paddington Kirin First Press The Pass Sav Blanc Marlb NZ)
Hotel Pennant Hills Pennant Hills Little Creatures Dog Days 821 Sav Blanc Marlb NZ)
The Merton Rozelle Mountain Goat Steam Ale Excuse My French Rose (Pays D’oc France)
The Balmain Balmain Little Creatures IPA Baby Doll Sav Blanc Marlb NZ)
Coolavin Hotel Goulburn
The Victoria Annandale Wayward Annandale Pale 821 South Sav Blanc Marlb NZ)
The Sheaf Double Bay Goose Midway IPA Mount Vernon Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
The Courthouse Newtown Coopers Pale Ale Pikora Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
The Kirribilli  Milsons Point  Bent Spoke IPA

Two Birds Pale

 Boatshed Bay Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
The Kauri Foreshore Glebe Great AustrBrewing Co Pale Ale Oyster Bay Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
The Carrington Surry Hills Surry Hills Pils Tai Nui Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
Dick’s Hotel Balmain Goose IPA Kiwi Sav Blanc
Hunters Hill Hotel Hunters Hill Stonewood Pacific Ale Crowded House Sav Blanc (Marl NZ) – least favourite SB so far!
East Village  Balmain East Pirates IPA
Turner Pils
Maui Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
The Cauliflower Waterloo xx
The 3 Weeds Rozelle Pikes Sparkling Ale The PassSav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
The Albion Parramatta Stone and Wood Pacific Ale East Sav Blanc (Marlb NZ)
The Duck Inn Chippendale Hawthorn Pilsener Kindred Spirits Sav Blanc (Marl  NZ)
The Swanson Erskinville Rogers (Little Creatures) Baby Doll Sav Blanc (Marl  NZ)
The Riverview Birchgrove Hard Yards Golden Ale Kimi Sav Blanc (Marl. NZ)

Excuse My French Rose (Langdoc, France)

The Palace Mortlake
(Breakfast Point)
James Squire “The Swindler” Mount Lawson Sem Sav Blanc (Mudgee)
The Henson Newtown Keepers Lager Waterhorse Sav Blanc
Harts Pub The Rocks, Sydney Convict Lager from Rocks Brewing Company Kim Crawford Sav Blanc
The Candelo Family Hotel Candelo (nr Bega) no different beers on tap 😦 no interesting wine list 😦
The Horse and Jockey Homebush Wild Yak Pacific Ale South Island Sav Blanc
The Welcome Rozelle Ekim After Battle Redbank Emily Brut Cuvee
The Woolwich Pier Woolwich Wild Yack Pacific Ale Skip Jack Sav Blanc (Marlborough NZ)
The Blue Gum Waitara Lord Nelson “3 Sheets” Fire Gully Sauv Blanc Semillon
The Bald Rock Rozelle Balmain Summer Ale xx
The Rag and Famish North Sydney Hope IPA

Endeavour Fresh Draught

The Fat Lamb Sav Blanc (Canowindra)
The Old Fitzroy Millers Point Quick Draw Pale Ale Black Star Sav Blanc (Marlborough NZ)
The London Hotel Balmain Young Henry’s Natural Lager Merlot
Dry Dock Hotel Balmain Balmain Brewing Company Pilsner Five Friends Merlot
Ye Olde Rose & Crown London (Greenwich) Guiness Hop House Lager 13 Merlot
Fermentoren Copenhagen Yippie IPA (in-house) Merlot

Mapped out, this is the year so far.