Frankie's Pizza

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Type: Bar, Eatery

50 Hunter St
Sydney, NSW 2000
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Added by MrKennedy on 12-13-2012

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Photo of emincems
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Hard core rock and roll bar, below street level, which makes tasty pizza and serves handcraft beers on tap and in bottles. Wall to wall rock posters and the half where stage is located is appropriately dark and loud. Vibe is '70s hard rock bar with patrons to match. In the heart of the CBD, but not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went on a Wednesday night at 6.

Do you like drinking your craft beer out of an opaque and coloured mug? That is the $9-16 question...

'Frankie's Pizza' says the neon sign above the multi doorway. Two black imposing doors - unsigned - are the entry point , a little confusing first up. Down the stairs into a small retro-Pizza eatery-styled bar area with stool and wooden booths. Then through more doors into a much bigger back bar area, with tables and comfy booth type seating. Dark and full of posters on walls of 70s 80s bands. So in theory it looks great, but I dunno, it is just missing a little something.
[It's owned by the people who own the Baxter Inn, but the vibe just isn't quite the same.]
Music gets loud enough to impede conversation after 7:30.

Onto beer, and the oft-mentioned plastic mugs. Prices are from around the $9 mark for locals up to $16 for imports. On reflection, it's too much much for a beer that is not well presented. 8 taps and a hand written tap list on the bar - which can be difficult to read. Did not seek the bottled list.

Staff know their beer and are professional and friendly.

Do you like drinking your craft beer out of an opaque and coloured mug? That is the $9-16 question...

I don't.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Owned by the people behind the Baxter Inn, the place that used to be Hunter Bar is a pizza joint in the front and self-proclaimed dive bar in the back. The front bar has checkerboard floors, photos on every wall and garlic hanging off the walls as well. Pizzas are sold individually for around $16 or $5 a slice, hence the pizza joint theme. The front bar has a few bar stools and low seating at tables. The back bar has a long wall of booths plus table seating while the other long wall is the bar. Up one end are pinball machines.

So, not the usual craft beer bar. It has a shtick. Do I like it? Not real sure, having never been to a US style pizza joint. Certainly it goes for a shtick and some will love it, others not.

Trading hours are from 4pm to 4am every day of the week. Generally there is a security staff member out the front. The glassware used is plastic, which upon my first visit, I thought was a hipster thing. However, on subsequent visits, chats with the staff inform me that it is a licensing requirement that they are required to sell from plastic glassware after 12 midnight, so they figured they’d keep it simple and do it all the time. The usual serving glass is a handled mug, which I was told held 347ml.

The bottle list has good breadth. There are currently 46 offerings, from Budweiser to Mikkeller Black Buffalo, Cantillon Gueuze, Baird Sayuri Saison, Moylan’s Old Blarney and Mikkeller Red White Christmas, covering a wide range of styles. I was told the bottle list will change monthly. The tap selection has 8 taps, most of which rotate. Boags Draught appears to be the sole macro offering for each visit. Other taps at the moment include Rocks Hangman Pale, Rocks Boxer Red Ale, Moylan’s Hop Craic XXXXIPA, Marin Point Reyes Porter, The Grifter Drop Dead Red Belgian IPA plus 2 that I can’t recall. Out in the back bar are all the aforementioned, plus Illawarra Wit and HopDog Children of Darkness. Overall it’s a good mix of locals and imports across quite a few styles. I was impressed that they had a Moylan’s tap handle on the font.

Service is friendly, happy to explain what’s on tap and hand over a bottle list every visit so far. They were also happy to talk beer and offer samples of some of the beers, even heading out to the back bar to grab a sample of the HopDog, which wasn’t ask for, but provided anyway!

The Point Reyes went for $10, the HopCraic for $15 a glass. High of course, but for CBD Sydney, it is probably around the mark. Bottle prices are variable. A few picks below $10 and ranging up to $160 for a Jeroboam (3L) of Duvel. I thought the Mikkeller Black Buffalo at $40 was decent when compared to bottle shop prices and a 1.5L Mikkeller Red White Christmas is a steal at $30. However, 375ml Cantillon Gueuze at $25 is a bit much.

Overall it’s a good beer bar going off the first few visits. Something that Sydney really needs, particularly in the CBD. Justin Hemmes had the chance with 30 Knots and spurned the opportunity. Hopefully the staff members maintain the enthusiasm and the beer list remains interesting and relevant. Obviously the plastic glassware isn’t great, but certainly worth visiting.

Edit - 21 January 2012 - the plastic glasses now come in white, green and blue plastic mugs as well as clear plastic. So hipster crowd it most certainly seeks.

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