Life with kids in Sydney City
This is what you call a hidden gem! A unique spot for dinner, drinks, a family function or just a hot chocolate.
I love the vibe of this place. It’s cool, casual, friendly and really kid friendly. Dinner here was such a pleasure as they have everything you would need - plenty of free parking, good food and drink, kids meals, highchairs, change facilities, lots of outdoor space for the kids to play safely and suitable for functions.
My hubby was training in All Sorts Indoor Sports in Alexandria and one night I mentioned how I was dying for a hot chocolate. It was 7:30pm so imagine my surprise and delight when he arrived home with a huge, delicious hot chocolate. He told me where he got it and although a place with "brewery" in the title didn’t sound super kid friendly, I was curious.
We arrived about 5:30pm on a Sunday and there were a few groups of people there but unfortunately we had just missed the live music. The first big plus is that there is ogles of parking. It’s located off the main strip between O’Riordan Street and Bourke Road in the same estate as All Sorts Gym and Basketball factory, In2Ski and SykZone.
The decked outdoor space is huge and the flower beds are particularly interesting with old wheelbarrows and shopping trolleys used as features. It’s also really unique inside with huge doors which are usually open so there’s no real division between inside and outside seating. A low wall separates the bar/restaurant from the actual brewery; a very cool and interesting feature. There are lots of high chairs and the staff had no problem heating bubs food, twice! They have a parents room/disabled toilet with plenty of space for a pram and the coolest change table I’ve come across so far.
I had been really keen to try the Jalapeño poppers since I spotted them on the online menu so we ordered those with garlic bread for starter. They were the hottest Jalapeño poppers I have ever tried so I could only mange 2 and my hubby is a wuss and couldn’t finish the first one. They were really tasty but maybe I’m not used to spicy stuff again since being pregnant.
Hubby ordered The Big Stopper Beef Burger and I couldn’t decide between The Pulled Pork Sandwich or The Lamb Ragu with Gnocchi. I asked the barmaid for advice and went with her personal favourite and was so happy I did. It was by far the best Lamb Ragu and Gnocchi I have ever tasted and it’s not even an Italian restaurant! It wasn’t a massive portion but it’s so filling I couldn’t finish it. The hubby helped me out with that; I was actually jealous that he had room for it and I didn’t. The burger was very tasty too, just the right size, and the chips were delicious.
It seems wrong not to try the craft beers when you are in a brewery so we ordered a cider and The Hangman’s Pale Ale. I would have happily drank a few glasses of both even though I'm usually fussy when it comes to the taste of beer and cider.
There are children’s meals available on request - Cheeseburger and Chips and Fish and Chips for $10. My little one only eats mushy food right now so someone will have to let me know what their kids verdict is on the children’s menu.
You can imagine at this stage, after a beautiful meal and beer and everything we needed to have a hassle free meal, I was in a very good mood and so relaxed but there is more...
After dinner we walked out to the outdoor area and there were boxes of Skittles and giant connect 4 games for the kids. I popped the little man down and he played away happily while I chatted to some other parents. Their little guy had his bike out and was burning off some energy before bed; there is so much space that you didn't even notice him whizzing around.
Just then I started thinking about my wee man’s 1st birthday in a couple of months and wondering would it be weird to have it in a brewery. After this visit I don’t think so, it’s a perfect location for a family function.