With its beer hall and restaurant, featuring a glittering green bar and expansive banquet table, the Brunswick Mess Hall is the latest meeting place for those hungry for a treat right on Sydney Road.

Inside, the philosophy is about shared experiences. For a start, there’s a time-honoured summer punch and craft beer poured into mugs so huge that revellers won’t need to refill for some time.

Acclaimed head chef Aaron Whitney will combine his Asian cuisine training with his tapas know-how, creating bite-size pieces that can be divvied around the table. Think tasty dishes such as sushi, dumplings and Chinese doughnuts, all made in the venue’s Lucky Panda Kitchen.

Brunswick Mess Hall adapts a subtle animal theme throughout. The owners (a group of mates, including Emans and Whitney, who also own Portello Rosso and Murmur in the city) have taken cues from the building’s distinctive architecture, reminiscent of an overturned ark.