Co-author of the ebook Secret Sydney Bars Walking Tour (Amazon). Reviews wine & craft beer bars and pubs, Asian restaurants and other places open late. Please visit my blog for more of the same from around the world https://www.TravelWineFood.com
Published May 7th 2016
Chill with Craft Beer, Wine and Music at Black Penny
Black Penny is a craft beer, wine, music and art bar, hidden away in the backblocks of Surry Hills on the way to Moore Park. We discovered it on a walk around the area on a Friday night.
The first thing that greets you is the not too loud music, the chilled atmosphere and the smiles of the people enjoying a relaxed drink and having a good time there. (The images don't show this, but I waited until people had moved before taking them. There were happy groups out on the pavement area as well as others just inside the entrance.)
There is fun artwork on the walls and the design is casual without being too lounge-like but what really sets it aside is the great collection of craft beer bottles from around Australia, reasonable prices, along with some interesting wines.
They also have a couple of crafts on tap so if you'd prefer a just tapped one, these are worth trying too.
The manager was friendly and informative and she guided us on a number of possibilities for the night including what to expect in taste, texture and bouquet as well as suggesting the best for our particular palates.
We tried two beers from a Victorian craft beer producer and weren't disappointed. There was also an amazing Malbec (red wine) from the Margaret River area in Western Australia that was a huge surprise considering Argentina had been, up to this point, arguably the best place to get Malbec from. This one was up there with the best.
They also have some interesting food available. We tried the kangaroo tacos (with spicy yoghurt on the side) and enjoyed the sweet and juicy taste; definitely one to try. There are other interesting creations on the menu.
On other nights they have live music, specials on the food and other events that are worth checking out.