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 14th 2016
Craft Beer Pub Open in the City Saturday Afternoon
One of the things I like about Redoak is the fact that it is already open in an area of Clarence Street which is generally closed at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. This makes having a quick glass of beer or wine in the afternoon after lunch a more appealing notion, as most of the other places nearby offering craft beer are still closed.
Redoak is a brewery too so they make their own beers, and they have a couple of tanks on display. You could enjoy anything from a saison to a porter and be rewarded. I guess their selection wouldn't change too often as my recent visit showed they still had the Honey Ale on offer along with the Paddy's Stout and All Day Breakfast. However, there were a number of new things on the menu so I will probably come back again soon to try them. Thanks Redoak peeps for the easy to read craft beer sign above the bar. That's a great addtion.
When I had ordered specially brewed bottled stouts from the menu recently, the guy behind the bar poured a taste for himself each time to make sure it was still good before giving me the bottles and glasses. That's pretty good service and shows a devotion to the craft. Having said that, it is only for the special bottles, otherwise all the staff would be pretty drunk within a few hours.
Redoak also has an extensive menu at lunch and dinner time and they have a restaurant section that usually requires a booking for weekend evenings. You can order food at the bar and have it at one of the long tables with your meal, or make a booking for a seat in the restaurant. There are tables outside for smokers, and lots of friendly staff everywhere.
Redoak even offers a Beer Appreciation Class every now and then and I've heard it is highly recommended. Many of those teaching the class have continued to work behind the bar for years afterwards.
Redoak does sell other bottled beers, so if what they have on tap isn't to your interest, give something bottled a try. Even so, they are doing their best to cater for new craft beer drinkers so if you wish to introduce a friend to craft beer, before giving them something a bit more adventurous, Redoak is one of the entry level craft beer places to take them to.