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Last time we came here (see older review) the pub was a good solid, slightly tatty local filled with workies and locals slugging back the VB in front of the sports channel. Now, post renovation the change is, well, stunning.
Out back is a well lit, airy restaurant with a variety of seating and meals priced from about $18 upwards - more than pub food prices, but this isn't bangers and mash - it's all very tasteful. Upstairs is slightly reminiscent of the Tilbury
with lots of low seating, and what sophie described as a 'casbah' feel (though I'm not sure I concur on this point). You can't buy a beer downstairs and take it upstairs, which is a pet peeve of mine, but still, the pub makes up for this one little gripe.
Still the same crowd in the front bar, the back and upstairs bars now seem to be populated with young hipsters and lawyers, with the occasional tech worker thrown in. It's impressive what they've managed here. I would lament the loss of another scruffy local, but given the state of development (the Jackson's Landing
site nearby shows exactly what the area will become), it's clear the way the pub had to go, and the owners have doen an excellent job of renovating without ripping out too much of the character.
Service is friendly as ever, and it looks like the place is on the up. We'll be back often, since the pubguide is based about 300m away, hope to see you there!
review by: Jason
We were expecting a good old rough local and that's what we found when we dropped into the Pyrmont Point for a swifty on Saturday afternoon. Frantic TAB action was underway prior to the TV being switched over for Australia vs. Wales, and the VB was flowing.
Taking a seat outside we were accosted by a friendly local who asked us how long it'd take to swim from there to Wollestonecraft, not a proposition I'd be up for, but a conversation which ambled from place to place until finally he decided he'd take the bus instead! A solidly friendly little place then.
We intended getting down there to sample a Blowfly, Sydney's newest locally brewed beer, but sadly for us they were out (and this wasn't the first place we tried either). Asking if they'd be getting more in, I was told they probably would, but for the upstairs bar, which apparently is under the hammer and opening up for business soon. Well, we'll be back then.
review by: Jason