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 9th 2016
Taking Craft Beer to New Heights
While the ground floor bar of Sweeney's looks like your standard sports bar with basic beers and a pokies area, further exploration of the place is rewarded with the discovery of a fast and friendly Thai restaurant along with a second bar on the first level, a lounge area and pool table on the second and a craft beer garden and bar on the third.
We went to try the latest beers and weren't disappointed. A very malty 10% alcohol craft beer for $15 a glass? Sure! You only live once. And it was amazing. I also tried a chocolate stout which was everything I imagined.
The place is near Town Hall so it is easy to get a train back to wherever you need to go. The bar staff are friendly and helpful, happy to offer a taste of the different beers before you buy, and let you know of any specials on offer.
The space is quite nice on a Monday night. Having been here at various times on weekends I can say that it can get very crowded, standing room only, during the peak periods. I've also been there during the height of summer when they turn on the misters on the top level. I'm not a big fan of the misters but it's a welcome break from the heat.
The music is loud but not loud enough to drown out a conversation, so Sweeney's attracts the 25-40 crowd who like to enjoy the taste of a nice drink and talk.
If there's a queue to get down the stairs, you'll have something to read.
If you're having trouble walking it may not be the place for you. It's in a very old building and the stairs are quite small and difficult to navigate, even sober, and there are no lifts. Think terrace house converted to a pub and you'd be pretty close. It's definitely not a place for high heels!