Judging from the number of beer bars popping up around Sydney, from the various Bavarian Bier Cafes to Redoak, it seems we’re developing a touch of malt mania – and now Surry Hills has jumped in with the Taphouse.
After taking over and renovating the old Palace Hotel near Moore Park, The Local Taphouse boasts an eccentric English look, complete with old birdcages, sofas, bookcases and various bric-à-brac – especially upstairs which, divided up into different rooms, makes you feel like you’re in an alcoholic’s well-furnished house.
Indie music plays as the mixed yet relatively youthful crowd line up for the beers on offer – and there’s a lot to choose from. My favourites are Dogbolter (a dark lager from the Matilda Bay Brewing Company in Western Australia) and Holgate Nut Brown Ale (a Victorian beer that’s Vegemite brown but has a pleasant and sweet aftertaste) but the selection of tap beers change regularly. However, expect to find a decent choice of wheat bears, pale ales and lagers.
The food here seems designed to soak up alcohol, ranging from bratwurst sausages, steaks and burgers to saganaki and mussels, with the menu offering beer-matching suggestions. To be honest I haven’t tried any of the meals yet but I plan on going back soon, after which I’ll certainly update this post.
There’s also a comedy night here on Sundays – you can see the Facebook page here
The Local Taphouse, 122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst. Phone 9360 0088 or see The Local Taphouse website
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate The Local Taphouse?