Whether you’re after a drink in one of Sydney’s best beer gardens or you’re keen to try the latest craft beer, the Bank Hotel has something for you. This local institution has been pleasing crowds for years, and continues to do so under the management of the Solotel Group.
It’s no wonder locals and out-of-towners continue to return to the iconic building on King Street, Newtown: who could say no to a diverse drinks list and a backyard beer garden with a newly installed open-air charcoal barbecue.
There are four main areas to The Bank. Upon entry, you’ll find yourself in the Public Bar, perfect for watching a game and enjoying a casual meal. Catching up with a big group of mates? The sunken Beer Garden is the ideal spot, with a retractable roof as well as heaters, just in case Sydney’s weather takes a turn. These unique spaces are complemented by Uncle Hops, a craft-beer bar, as well as one of the suburb’s busiest free live music venues, Waywards, upstairs.
No matter where you sit, the food is guaranteed to be good. Head Chef, Simon van Twillert, has worked with the likes of Jared Ingersoll at Danks Street Depot, Cotton Duck, and Barrell and the Beast, and has injected this experience into The Bank’s food offering. Simon has produced a sophisticated pub menu styled around the open charcoal barbecue in the beer garden, with smoky and spicy flavours inspired by South American cuisine.
Start with a share plate of charred flatbread with smoked hummus, before nibbling on the kingfish ceviche with cucumber, radish, chilli and lime, as well as a serve of chicken wings with habanero hot sauce. Next, turn to the delicious morsels coming from the charcoal barbecue. Options range from the half roast chicken with potato salad to pork belly with achiote and baby cos, as well as a side of charcoal-roasted cauliflower with spiced yoghurt. There is also a peri peri marinated salmon from the barbecue which comes with a fennel salad. The menu items from the barbecue all come with red chimichurri and house pickles.
Gourmet pizzas with toppings such as pepperoni with barbecue onion, smoked cheddar and olives are great to split between friends, or if you’re super hungry, grab one of the burgers. The buttermilk chicken combines smoked tomato, lettuce and jalapeño for a hunger-busting treat.
Cocktails come as a single tipple or in jugs for sharing, and you’ll find most wines by the glass, with plenty of varieties to choose from. If you’re really into your beer, look no further than The Bank’s very own craft-beer bar, Uncle Hops.
Smack bang in the middle of the venue, clever interior design has helped this wood-lined bar feel more like a hidden clubhouse. You’ll find 13 boutique brews from local breweries on tap, including 4 Pines and Young Henrys.
As a venue that suits all manner of tastes, The Bank is also home to Waywards, the spot for all your late-night live music and entertainment needs. It’s open Thursday through Saturday, with local acts playing everything from indie rock to soul.
From a classic Aussie pub to an upmarket multi-faceted space, The Bank Hotel has remained a crowd favourite. With a curated menu and drinks list to match, this is one pub worth visiting.