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Riverview Hotel

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Type: Bar, Eatery

29 Birchgrove Road
Balmain, 2041

02 9810 1151 | map

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Added by MrKennedy on 07-09-2011

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Refurbished a couple of years ago into a gastropub, it sits quietly amongst houses, just off Darling Street (the main street of Balmain).

Very well done refurbishment, big U-shape timber topped bar is one of the main features downstairs, along with a giant wall-sized wine cabinet that looks very slick. Nice mix of high tables and low to choose from. Timber floors help give it atmosphere. Flatscreen TV's are there, but are rarely the focus, except if the rugby is on.

Service is solid, just better than Australian average. Long serving staff since reopening, so they do recognise patrons who return visit.

12 taps, one for cider, two Australian macros on, plus Guinness.the other taps had some entry-level craft like White Rabbit Dark, White Rabbit White, Pinchgut Pilsner, Little Creatures Pale, Stone & Wood Pacific, Vale Ale & Vale IPA plus Coopers Pale. Tap selection generally has one or two rotating taps. Sample trays (4 for $10 are available). Bottle selection also changes around. This time was very lager-heavy.

Food is impressive, bar food includes Tapas and $18 pizzas (half that on Tuesdays). Restaurant upstairs is one of the best in a pub in Sydney. Impressive fitout upstairs as well! Margherita Pizza is a pretty consistent order for me.

Gastropub prices, but decent value for what you get, relative to Sydney's inner suburbs. Tuesday pizzas are a steal at $9.

Nice gastropub, some good Aussie beer always on. Food is good enough to drag non-craft fans along, while the tap beers are all approachable styles for newbies. Can do a lot worse than drink here when in Sydney.

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Riverview Hotel in Balmain, Australia
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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