Late Night Drinking
May 11, 2018
The Old Growler is the brainchild of Jack Brown (formerly one half of Darlinghurst’s popular Ching-a-Lings) Alex Watts and Nick Watney (both from Runcible Spoon in Camperdown). The space has had a nifty fit-out, and is now lit by Edison bulbs and vaguely industrial metal lamps. Jugs of fresh flowers are scattered throughout the split-level room and the walls are of treated concrete and white brick. Food-wise, there are paper cones heaped with crisp pork scratchings and popcorn and the kitchen serves heavenly pork belly with coleslaw and a deliciously piggy pork and prune terrine. Beer is a big deal here with local company Young Henry’s supply most of the brews with just one tap reserved for ‘visiting’ beers. The wine list focuses on organic and biodynamic drops, and there’s an interesting cocktail list featuring creative drinks like the Eastside Fizz, a light, bright mix of white tea and pear- infused gin with a splash of lime. Service can be a tad erratic and the eclectic soundtrack may not be to everyone’s tastes but we can let that pass, as the Old Growler makes a very welcome addition to what it is otherwise a less than electric part of town.