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Published January 5th 2017
Micro-brewery hits The Rocks
Touring The Rocks can certainly build up a thirst, particularly on long summer days. Thankfully there are the golden oldie pubs we all know and love but it's the boutique establishments that will likely catch your eye this holiday season. None more so than freshly opened The Endeavour Tap Rooms at pride of place location, 39-43 Argyle Street.
The 1886 building has seen its fair share of hospitality enterprises come and go but with the continuing gentrification of the Argyle's foodie scene, Tap Rooms may just be the all-round offering this site was waiting for.
One of the downstairs nook and crannies with a view of Argyle Street
Elegant and inviting from the outside, Tap Rooms is the brainchild of Endeavour Vintage Beer Co., partnering with Applejack Hospitality to bring Sydney craft beer aficionados the latest micro-brewery, restaurant and bar with tremendous character.
With the heritage listed elements of this building, the owners have made it their mission to keep the space as original as possible, capitalising where possible on exquisite antique wallpaper, and building a kitchen extension so as not to alter the integrity of the existing structure. Every inch of the two-storey building is utilised with the bar and two alternative rooms for drinking and dining downstairs, and a larger open space upstairs, perfect for families.
The best of 'boutique' on tap at the Tap Rooms Bar
It's one of those places that fills you with excitement as you enter and realise there are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, each suited to a different mood, group size or drinking vs. dining preference.
The menu is a re-inventive take on traditional pub fare with fine Australian produce giving real bite to a delectable range of sharing plates including Tajima wagyu beef brisket, Panfried WA Saltwater Barramundi and Mirrool Creek lamb ribs. Even the chips have had some serious thought put into them and you won't want to miss the spiced fries with queso fresco. Everyone else will be eating them!
But of course, this review wouldn't be complete without a mention of the house speciality – the brews on tap. From its boutique ales and lagers to its range of fresh ciders, the drinks menu at Tap Rooms is brilliantly curated and extensive, enhanced by the brewery's own range of bottled beers, cocktail spritzers and drops from the finest boutique wineries across Australia. I personally enjoyed the Apple Thief Pink Lady, more akin to drinking a light sparkling than a heavy, mass-produced apple cider.
Though with obvious 'after-work' appeal, I was impressed to see so many families dining here at lunch time, with competitively-priced food for the locale and the calibre of fare on offer. Literally within its first month of service, Tap Rooms has hit the ground running, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to try somewhere new, whilst enjoying the fusion of modern and historical décor and a truly versatile pub offering?