We’re beer geeks, we like our bars to have a lot of taps and a lot of craft beers on those taps. If you feel the same (why else would you be reading this, right?) here’s 5 bars to know and love.
We’d like to begin by saying these are in no particular order and they all change their taps a bunch so just go and appreciate what’s on at the time.
The Union Hotel, Newtown – 22 taps
Down the end of King St needless to say this place is big on craft beer, so much so that they run “tap takeovers” being nights on which a chosen brewery quite literally takes over 8-10 of the taps and people win a bunch of beer prizes. Go there.
The Local Taphouse, Surry Hills – 20 Taps
Kinda out of the way but very worth it, the bar itself is gorgeous and the rooftop garden is one of the best we’ve seen. In terms of their love of beer, the guys that run this place also run GABS Fest. Need we say more? They run a couple of beer appreciation events at the bar and have $10 tasting paddles on Thursdays #nice.
The Dove & Olive, Surry Hills – 22 taps
So if you’ve read our Top 5 Bars you already know why we love this place but again, it has a tonne of craft beer and it’s awesome. It organises a couple of beer nights as well like their Beer Fight Club which throws 2 craft breweries into the ring to fight it out for the title of Beer Of The Month. Check it out.
The Botany View Hotel, Newtown – 26 Taps
These guys are a block from the Union Hotel so you can make a night of seeing both together. One of the big advantages of the BVH is that they keep taps on for longer than the 5, if you liked a particular beer you can probably get it again next time. The other reason we keep going back is the size of their 5 beer tasting paddles, a litre of beer for $16… yes.
The Keg & Brew, Surry Hills – 33 Taps
33 taps, good lord… They have the most taps we’ve seen so far so that’s the first reason to go. 3 of them are English pull pump taps and we dig that too. Being owned by the same team as the Dove & Olive they have basically the same deals on food and drinks, the $4 schooners at happy hour, the $10 daily meals and the $10 jugs on Thursdays.
Honourable mention: The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks. 16 taps. Not bad at all.