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 12th 2016
Over 40 Different Bottled Craft Beers Found Near Central
Previously Paddy McGuire's Pub, previously Bridie O'Rielly's, previously… A pub has existed on this site since 1877 and has had many names over the centuries.
So, when I heard in 2013 that it had already become the Palace Hotel I was resigned to the fact that this pub was likely to reinvent itself every five to ten years or so. I visited it a few times in 2013 and 2014 but it seemed to me like any other pub without anything much different going for it, apart from the location (a short walk from Central station and right next to the tram stop, minutes from Chinatown.) As I was usually meeting friends there, most of the time I ended up choosing the James Squire Jack of Spades Porter as there wasn't really much on the drinks menu that interested me.
Fast forward to now and, actually, I'm impressed. Basically, they've added a whole range of about 40 bottled craft beers, and have some basic craft beers on tap. The place has kept its Palace Hotel name but refreshed its offerings. Even the food menu seems more exciting.
I went there with my partner and we enjoyed a couple of craft beers: a bottle of panhead stout and one of Southwark Old Stout. Chocolate and coffee nuances made them both easy to drink.
It was fairly quiet on a Thursday night and there was only one girl behind the bar, so it's probably the best time to go if you'd like time to savour their beer selection. It's usually pretty packed Fridays and Saturdays.
Give it a go next time you're looking for a new craft beer, or you've just stepped off the tram line in Chinatown and have a few minutes to spare.