East Village Hotel
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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Formerly the Commercial Hotel before becoming the Belgian Beer Cafe and now the East Village Hotel. Still some of the remnants of the Belgian Beer Cafe decor remain with the timber panelling in sections and bar-top.
Nice atmosphere inside, relaxed and comfortable mix of low tables and high benches, plus some pretty cool iron bar stools. Decent outdoor area as well.
Aiming to be a beer focused gastropub. The links with the Riverview Hotel in Balmain become obvious. Good pizza options, nice bar snacks and solid taplist.
Service was mixed, good on one visit, slow on another with short-staff for the size of the venue. Still, the staff were pleasant and easy to get on with.
12 taps, one for cider, one for Carlton Draught and 10 up for good beer. At the most recent visit they had the Double Nelson limited release from the Lord Nelson plus the two limited releases from 4 Pines (DIPA and Rye IPA). Regulars include Trumer, Stone & Wood Pacific, Little Creatures Pale, White Rabbit White. Nice varied mix to choose from. Bottle list is 30 deep, mostly Australian craft, some obscure things like Black Duck from Heron's Creek, while more mainstream things like Mountain Goat are featured well. Sierra Nevada, 8 Wired and Epic add some international depth to it.
Food was quite good, nice Fungi pizza and some chicken wings, similar to the quality pub food at the Riverview.
Prices were mixed, i think some staff error involved, one 16oz serving of the DIPA was $7.50, at other times a smaller serving cost more. Still, the bottle list doesn't suffer from obscene markups like many places impose. Most were about $4-5 above bottle shop prices.
In a hard to get to part of the Balmain peninsula. Great if you are a local, more of a destination venue if you aren't. Still there is a bus that comes by and accessible by ferry to East Balmain, but for many Sydneysiders it will be a car or cab ride there. Worth checking out along with the Riverview and Royal Oak when in Balmain.
08-28-2012 06:56:47 | More by MrKennedy
East Village Hotel in Balmain East, Australia
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