Busting out the best kid-friendly, women-friendly and traditional-pub-goer-friendly beer garden in the inner west...
...the Riverview Hotel crew have put the former West End Hotel back on the map!
It’s themed Pasifika with bright colours, thatched-roof cabanas, hanging macramé baskets and Astroturf; but keeps a local edge with...
...murals from a Balmain artist and six Balmain Rugby boys living upstairs!
Chef Brad Sloane walks the line between healthy eating and Sydney’s North American fixation.
His compromise menu even includes marked gluten-free options, like a Crispy Raw Salmon Taco ($15).
For the (mostly unrenovated) front bar crew, there’s updated pub favourites like BBQ Texas Sirloin Steak with Fried Potatoes, Bacon and Jalapeno ($24).
For the Yank-o-philes: Fried Chook with Sweetcorn Succotash ($24) and...
...the ubiquitous pub slider - Wagyu, Cheddar and Green Tomato Chutney ($6).
The Asian-inspired street food like fluffy Steamed Buns with Hoi Sin Glazed Duck, Cucumber and Green Onion ($18/2) and Chicken Larb ($16) lettuce cups scrub up best.
Drink one of sixteen on-tap beers (including White Rabbit and Kirin) or delve into bartender Istvan Orosz’s cracker cocktails.
His frothy topped Cane Colada ($18) is better than the original; and the Smokey Maple Old Fashioned ($18) also hits the spot.
Don’t forget to check out their dedicated retro pinball room.
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 19th May, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-may-19
The Balmain Hotel
74 Mullens Street, Balmain
Ph: (02) 9810 7500