Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

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.

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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.

 

The Swanson Hotel holds only good  memories 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.

Dawn Fraser, who has the baths named after her just down the hill, is a former owner and licensee of this well known local, The Riverview Hotel.

Gourmet dining, sunny front bar but unfortunately no beer garden and while upstairs is inviting, it’s only for patrons who are eating.

Good range of beers, a decent wine list, and tight arse Tuesdays 2-for-1 pizza!

20 minutes for a plate of dips tested our patience, however.

Historically, Breakfast Point was the site of the Mortlake Gas (part of AGL) who’d been there since 1883.
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 have 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.