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Review - The Local Taphouse

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d struck craft beer nirvana at this sensitively renovated Darlo pub (the old Palace Hotel).

There’s a whopping twenty-one lagers, ales and ciders on tap, with one hand-pump, plus tasting notes with prices!

If that’s all too much, the (handsome) barman will triangulate a beer according to your taste descriptors – mine was a fruity Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale ($7.00/310ml)...

...or you can go the whole hog with a Tasting Paddle ($15/5 x 90ml).

Speaking of hog, the Pulled Pork Burger ($18) is all kinds of juicy (eat it over the plate) but flavoursome, with two types of excellent hand-cut chips. Its skin is fashioned into a bar snack of House-Made Pork Crackling ($5) served with baked apple sauce – best against Weston’s Twist Winter Spice Cider ($5.60/310ml).

The menu rejuvenated my love for pub classics like Chicken Schnitzel Parma ($20), a moist crumbed breast judiciously coated with Napoli sauce, grilled eggplant and melted cheese, and served with beer-battered fries.

If you’re not here to eat (you really should) after 5pm Mon-Thurs three bar snacks and a brew will only set you back fifteen bucks – the Buffalo Wings ($8) are excellent.

Best beer I tried was a nod to Silvio Berlusconi: Birra Del Borgo Myrtle’s Bunga Bunga Party ($11/330ml).

The Local Taphouse*
122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
Ph: (02) 9360 0088

The Local Taphouse on Urbanspoon

*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 21st July: