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Unfortunately, the latest news we have about the Berry Street Tavern is that the building in which it was housed is being demolished, the Pub is currenly closed and we're still awaiting news on whether the pub will return in the future.
review by: Jason
Don't be fooled by the address - 'level 7' is in fact just above street level, up the winding ramp.
I arrived for a preliminary review visit on a Monday evening - not exactly the bar's busiest time, but the best time to get an impression of layout and to grab pictures. The Berry Street Tavern is based around a nightclub format more than it is as a pub - a large chequered dancefloor dominates, along with a bar at either end of the large room. Along one wall, booths are lined up waiting to be filled, while a few punters are partaking of an after-work unwinder near the front windows.
There's been a nighclub on this site, we're told, for about twenty years, however North Sydney Council are becoming more and more strict due to local residential developments - it's a shame to hear about the 'Siedler Law' in action once more, after all, the club was here before the housing development. Fortunately for the Berry Street Tavern the management are doing an excellent job, going to great lengths to keep both residents and council satisfied.
The club has a stated capacity not far short of 1000, and we're told that it really does fill to the brim at weekends - to the extent that many people don't even know there's a back bar and beer garden! We think it'd be well worth a visit if you're out late in North Sydney.
review by: pubguide staff