Posts Tagged ‘Beer’

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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I’ve driven and run (City to Surf) countless times past the Sheaf Hotel at Double Bay and in all those 50+ years had no idea it led a double life.

From the front it’s a typical hotel… heavy brick two story art Ecco facade with public and gaming bars at the front, but walk through the breezeway (past some fantastic music memorabilia) and there’s another world out the back.

The beer garden is warm and inviting with Sunday arvo music, heaters and plenty of shelter from rain and sun.

VERY dog friendly. Fab afternoon.

 

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.

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.