My behavior on Frankies opening night was a bit out of character – I never drink beer straight from the bottle.
There is no doubting that Frankies is a cool place to be and I’m really not cool yet I still feel very comfortable there, more so than in either of the owners other bars – Shady Pines and the Baxter Inn. The front bar looks just like a dodgy pizza shop complete with red and white check table cloths, plastic ivy and black and white “customer” photos on the walls. The back bar is dark and dingy with bill posters on the walls for (mainly) 1970s rock bands like Led Zeppelin and the Who.
The list of beers is fantastic with ten rotating taps and a very extensive list of bottles put together by Jordan McDonald from the Local Taphouse. Jordan is a pretty extreme guy and the beers on the list cover every extreme you can think of from the Swedish Pistonhead Lager to Mikkeller Black Aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels. If you want to splash out have a jeroboam of Duvel – thank you Michael Doherty (@ozbeer_md.)
The venue possesses you. Possibly it’s because the Mikkeller comes in at almost 20% alcohol (twenty percent, that’s not a typo.) You suddenly don’t give a damn that all the drinks are served in plastic tankards. There is no natural light and before you know it you realise that it’s well past midnight.
There is something about this bar that makes you just straight up enjoy yourself.
My decisions on where to drink are based on my constant search for new stuff. I have an understanding wife who enjoys a glass of good red who is happy to assist me on my adventures. These places in Sydney are well worth visiting
Bloodwood has the first spot on my list because it offers the best of both worlds – extreme beers and exciting wines. Sommelier Gabrielle Webster has great taste and has something new every time you visit, Australian and International biodynamic / organic wines or bottled beers from the likes of Epic and Mikkeller. Service is great, the staff are all well informed and clearly enjoy learning about the great booze on offer. I know some beery people think that it’s expensive, I say the products and service represent great value. As a Scotsman I’m an expert on this kind of thing. The food is well worth staying for if you want dinner or a good long lunch
The best list of draft beer in Sydney with 20 constantly rotating taps makes the Taphouse unmissable for good beer lovers. I’ve been introduced to countless new breweries at the Taphouse and met many of the brewers. The rooftop garden is perfect in summer. The wine list is brief but more interesting than most pubs and they’ve just introduced a wide range of whisky. The rooftop garden is perfect in summer. The monthly Ale Stars session is a must attend event, hosted by Darren ‘Doc’ Robinson from Doctors Orders Brewing