Posts Tagged ‘Local pub’

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.

 

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 ūüôā

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 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.

 

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.

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.

 

For a hotel to not only survive but to thrive when it’s located in a quiet side street, out of site from the main road, says that this local is doing something right.

The 3 Weeds at Rozelle started its life in 1881 as the Rose, Shamrock & Thistle but it was always known as the 3 Weeds. This local icon has a great selection of beers on tap as well as both fine dining and a bistro offering both contemporary and traditional pub food.

Cathedral ceilings, a sandstone fireplace and traditional pub meals… top spot!

 

 

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.