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Published December 12th 2014
Come to the beaches for more than beaches
A lot of people I know have fun with the idea that I live on the Northern Beaches. They say that us locals are closed off, beach-hippies who don't venture out of our little neighbourhood. I usually spend a lot of time in the city to combat the potential of spending all my free time on the beaches.
However, Dee Why Hotel is somewhere that's drawn me back. The name is humble and you can see it from anywhere - it's obviously not some underground bar that you can only find if you can break some CIA code.
I recommend the Hotel to other locals for three reasons: craft beer, food and atmosphere.
The Hotel has over 100 beers available (over 40 of these being on-tap). If you want to taste a few, get a paddle of four beers for $15. To start I usually grab a Little Creatures Bright Ale or a Stone & Wood. The bottled beer menu is worth looking through. I've tried a few beers with spices, caramel or vanilla.
Along with your beers, try some of the food rather than going elsewhere for your meal. I recommend the squid salad, it is the best one I've ever had. It's crunchy, has splenty of squid and the dressing has a good amount of acidity. I also usually go for the sirloin steak, it's beautifully smokey.
As for the atmosphere, there are plenty of places to sit and they all vary a little bit in feel. It's not so loud that you can't hear each other but there are a lot of people around. There are usually some food specials / deals happening too. The staff are really friendly too.
Go there with a big group of friends. It's also very family-friendly.
If you like the northern beaches
You should come to the beaches market this Friday
And the Christmas market this Saturday
At rat park warriwood
This is one of the best markets in sydney with over 120 stall's try the best bacon and egg roll in Sydney while your there!! With home made sauce
Marks gourmet foods