A recent friend's pre-Christmas get together was held at The Greens at North Sydney located at 50 Ridge Street. I was so impressed that it is now my favourite new place to go. Once upon a time it was called the North Bowlo, after being open 125 years it was a bit tired and neglected with just lawn bowls and basic bar on offer. It has been completely revamped and re-branded The Greens. The bar and venue has only just reopened two weeks ago on the 12th November this year. It is easy to see the word has spread and already it is full of eager happy patrons.
Lily and Nathan Fasan, formerly Executive and Head Chef of 'The Grounds of Alexandria', have taken over the catering and brought their creativity, earthiness and talent to satisfy your taste buds. This is now quite a unique and chic new style of bowling club.
The new design has retained some of the old warm charm of bygone days with a modern twist. Lovely indoor and outdoor spaces catering to families and friends during the day with lots of sun and shaded areas to sit with stunning views over the lawn out across Sydney Harbour. You can easily see the Opera House in the distance. Sometimes they will even have a children's petting zoo on offer and face painting for the kids usually between 1-3pm on weekends. Dog owners are also welcome to bring their furry friends in if kept on a leash while they down a bevy or two. The only rule in regard to children is there are no children allowed in the bowling club after 9pm, which as a parent I know is well past the bed time and becoming the screeching hour.
There are so many lovely areas to sit. Especially on a nice sunny day. Clever use has been made of the outdoor areas with timber finishes and elegant white wicker lounges creating a very warm inviting space, not pub like at all.
I was impressed with the cocktail menu. If you didn't find your favourite Cocktail on the list you only needed to ask and they would make it for you. All cocktails are $17.00 each. My friend ordered a Bloody Mary which was almost like a small spicy salad.
The menu on offer is not the usual fare you would expect from a bowling club. Simple but inventive with some unusual offerings such as the crumbed bone marrow and oxtail croquettes. But of course you can choose from more standard fare like one of the delicious share plates, crispy pork belly, whole baby snapper to share, barman's plate with pork terrine, cheese, pickles, cured meats and lavosh.
The whole atmosphere was buzzing with different groups enjoying the new venue. It is quite special with the added bonus of outdoor bowls against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. What an amazing location for a bowling club. They also have some great events coming up with Cricket on the Greens Boxing Day, you will be able to purchase picnics and eskys with cold ones. On NYE there is a ticketed event and even children are welcome to stay until 9pm enjoying a jumping castle and the harbour 9pm fireworks. Make sure you contact them for details on their website and like their facebook page.
No longer is lawn bowls considered only for retirees. Gone is the adherence to stiff dress codes. With the resurgence of social bowling anyone, any age, can play. This is a great opportunity for friends to get together and have a fun day. You can book some space online if you wish or enquire on the day. Rock n Bowl. Minimum of 8 people in a group to book - $23 per person. There are certain time slots during the day for social bowling. This venue is also ideal for corporate team days, Birthday or Christmas parties. You can have the whole function here.
The Greens appears to be an ideal venue for families, young people and older. All seemed to mix well and everyone no matter what age would feel welcome. Unlike some places where once there is a bar it eventually becomes only a place for the much younger crowd.
Get together your friends or family and head on down for a fun day out. Also keep in mind that there is plenty of parking on the street especially on weekends. No time limit and no parking fee on weekends. If you luck out on finding free parking there is a car parking station in Ridge Street. If not driving you can catch a train to North Sydney and walk up Walker street to Ridge Street or hop on a bus up miller street and walk down.