Archive for the ‘Bars’ Category

Annandale. Go for a walk and you easily get the sense of what used to be. On just about every single corner is what could have been a former hotel.

Historically, suburbs like Annandale, before the gentrification, were very working class, and very much like Balmain or Rozelle, hotels proliferated.

The Victoria Hotel in Young St Annandale is a great little local tucked away amongst houses just off the main drag. Cold beer, great food and while the beer garden’s not leafy, it’s a good space to enjoy any time of the year.

 

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Father’s Day 2017. Early Spring, 27 degrees in Sydney. Perfect weather for lunch at this popular local, The Courthouse at Newtown.

Coopers is back on tap after their IDIOTIC stance on marriage equality.

Well priced pub food and a sun-soaked beef garden.

Went for a wander through the historic St Stephen’s cemetery afterwards. Love the reference in one headstone to one of our previous pubs ­čÖé

Saturday was a beautiful late winter’s Sydney day. Perfect for a walk around the foreshore facing the city.

A great local, trading since 1937, the Kirribilli Hotel, right next to Milsons Point station, has a good range of domestic and imported beers on tap, and plenty of screens for the sports nut.

The Swanson Hotel holds only good ┬ámemories for us… our nephew was married there a couple of years ago.

Located a bit away from Erko shops and strip, just near Erskinville Oval, comfortable downstairs bars with an open fire on a cold day, upstairs dining and footpath tables.

Good food menu, our trio of tapas went down very nicely! Lovely spot.

Historically, Breakfast Point was the site of the Mortlake Gas (part of AGL) who’d been there since┬á1883.
Like a lot of historic commercial business, AGL located the site on the Parramatta River as the river provided access for colliers to bring coal to the site, and there was plenty of room for any future expansion.
The gas works were there until the 1990s when urban redevelopment began.
After a heap of initial soils rehabilitation, it’s been full steam ahead on this site ever since.

So it’s no surprise that there was a local pub for all of those workers.
The Palace has retained much of its historical character – the beautiful floors and architecture are a glimpse into the past.

A dog-friendly beer garden at the back is pleasant enough, but is well overdue for a refurbishment. If it was a house I’d say it has “good bones” – that is, the basic space and structure is there (including a remnant wall from a bygone era).
It may┬áhave been “good enough” back in the day, but patrons expect from their local these days; if it’s going to try to keep pace with what’s provided (and expected) elsewhere, a bit of money needs to be spent in the beer garden.

A beautiful sunny Sunday.

Some of you will remember when the Newtown Jets, originally the Newtown Bluebags, were in the NSW Rugby League competition. They played out of Henson Park in Newtown.

The Henson is a terrific local. Dog and child friendly, the beer garden is full of local families.

Friendly wait staff who all stop to pat Bailey, our labrador, all the sport on all the TVs to keep that folk happy, and of course a community library on site.

There’s a number of well known pubs in The Rocks that are the tourist “go to” pubs – The Orient down in the guts of the Rocks on George St, The Glenmore with its beautiful rooftop views of the harbour, The Fortune of War with its gorgeous original overhead bar…

But none of these are anything like a Local.

Harts, on the other hand, is a bit away from the rest of the Rocks.
Settle in and enjoy a Local Brew from the , listen to some great music in a lovely little beer garden… just watch your head as you walk up the back steps… don’t bang your head on the low hanging branch of the tree at the top of the stairs as you walk in from the street!

We went for a walk around the area and deliberately picked streets we’d never walked before. We tripped over some interesting excavations in Windmill St, walked through what you can at the YMCA and returned to the area via the new Wynyard Walk which connects Barangaroo to Wynyard station.

Pretty well done.