Bitter Phew

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Type: Bar

1/137 Oxford St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

+61 4 2300 0300 | map

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Added by MrKennedy on 06-06-2014

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Reviews by HardTarget:
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4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome place, came back 3 times over my 8 days in Sydney. Very laid back, comfy couches and tables to spread out to, hip music at a conversation level (maybe a touch loud, but enjoyable). Beers were in good shape and obviously well cared for. Servers were fast and friendly, yet happy to chat you up when things got slow. Got to talk with the owner who was happy to share local beer lore. Selection is a little limited to my spoiled American eyes, but choices of great local beers on tap and bottles to back it up. American beers sold for nose bleed prices, but I didn't need those. Local beers went for about 8 USD a pop, but worth every penny plus. I will dream of the Earl Gray IPA until I get to brew my own version. Highly recommended, best beer location I found in Sydney.

They don't have food, but you can bring things in from the local places around like the Indian place just down stairs.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Timothdd
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Checked this place out on advice of a local beer store and was not disappointed. As an American traveling to Australia for the first time and someone who knew nothing about craft beer from he region, it was a great place to end up at. The bartenders were amazingly nice and friendly, knew their stuff and could suggest great local beers. 12 on tap and a pretty large bottle list and I dipped into both. I got to sample a number of different brews, one better than the last from all different ranges of the beer spectrum. The atmosphere was great, the people in the bar were friendly and as a bonus for someone traveling, they had free WIFI. If I was in the area, I would hit this bar up again without a doubt.

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Photo of stereophobic
4.82/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

V: Hidden away on the first floor of 137 Oxford St in Darlinghurst, Sydney, this high-ceilinged bar is dark and intimate. It may get warm especially in the Sydney summer even with the air-conditioning on, but mostly a non-issue the rest of the year. Music playlists are eclectic depending on who's working behind the bar, and there's always rotating artwork from local galleries up on the walls.

Q: Excellent quality for serious craft beer enthusiasts. Survival of the fittest is the name of the game as local craft brewers have to compete with the best imports from Europe and the USA (Japan/Oceania is very under-represented in Australia) and the bar takes serious pride in obtaining one-off kegs from local/international breweries. Occasionally there are bottle-share events that represent for some punters the only chance to sample some rare beers outside of beer trading circles.

Sv: Everyone here is a craft beer enthusiast themselves and it really shows in the quality of service provided. They're also very accommodating of newbies who have a sense of adventure (come on guys, you're in Sydney, live a little and give them something harder than "Wot's yer most lager-y croft beer m8?") although semi-regulars can quickly pick out the individual biases across the bar staff.

Sl: Twelve taps that constantly rotate, balance is key here, constants in the tap-list are an easy-drinking cider and lager/pale but they're no slaves to certain breweries unlike some other venues that have a stubborn Aussie-only focus. Occasionally taps might be a bit on the boozy side (>7% abv on average). Bottled selection is the best in Sydney with approximately 100 sours across every style available. List gets updated so quickly that the venue has trouble catching up on reprinting the menu which is a first world problem. Only odd niggle is the very small IPA/pale bottle selection due to seasonality.

tl;dr - best venue possible for local punters and international visitors!

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.82/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great little place located upstairs off of Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. There were about 12 beers on tap, all high-quality craft brews. Even better bottle selection from Australia, USA and Europe. Bartender (Ben) was incredibly knowledgeable and very informative on the local/Australia beer scene. No food, only snacks, but I was able to order food from a nearby place (Mr. Crackles) and have it delivered straight to me.
Overall, highly highly recommended if you are in the Sydney area. Easily the best selection and service I've had so far. I will definitely be stopping by again before I head home.

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Photo of stevoj
4.72/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Enjoyed my evening here, bar staff well versed in beer styles and tastes. Tap list superb, bottle list excellent also. Friendly atmosphere, good drinks. In the bar section of town, so very busy on a Saturday night.

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Photo of Motchy
4.94/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Honestly for Sydney this is the place to be, the guys here always have a vast selection of beers from sours, imperial stouts, Belgians, Barleywines they cover it all quite well and the taps encompass all types of beer drinkers

The guys here are also extremely friendly, it doesn't get as busy here as some of the more hyped up bars which is odd as the quality is lengths beyond everywhere else. They also occasionally have Bottle Share nights comprising of many rare bottles it's a must for any Sydney sider or traveller looking to taste beers from abroad that you might not ever get to try

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.14/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A bar upstairs on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, near Taylor Square. Been opened about 6 months and can be hard to find on your first time with the narrow doorway to the stairs.

Quite dark inside, mix of bar seating and high tables, couches etc. Good atmosphere later in the week, Fridays get a good crowd in. Early in the week it can be pretty quiet.

Interesting taplist, they seem to go after things that other bars don't chase, with a seeming focus on having at least a few higher ABV beers always available - almost always an imperial stout. In addition, it seems to go for a pretty fair split between imports and locals. This visit had To-Ol Liquid Confidence Imperial Stout as the stout, 4 Kaiju beers (IIPA, IPA, Red Ale, Black IPA), Riverside 44, Deschutes Black Butte Porter plus a few others on. 11 beers plus a cider.

Service was good, the bartender/owner happy to engage, almost US style talking about the current beers and what is coming up. Good service and know when you are about to finish when sitting at the bar so they come over and see if you'd like another. Almost forgotten what this is like here.

A decent bottle list with things like Speedway Stout, 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueuze and other interesting stuff as well.

Pricing was reasonable. Buying beers on tap there is cheaper than buying the same beers at the bottle shop, as it should be. But this place seems to be one of the few that do use this commonsense and decent approach.

A good bar, probably a 15 minute walk from Town Hall Station and well worth visiting if in Sydney or on the way to events at Moore Park (rugby, cricket, concerts).

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Bitter Phew in Darlinghurst, Australia
Place rating: 4.71 out of 5 with 8 ratings