The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room
Next time you’re at this large but welcoming space on George Street in the CBD, add a side of Sean Connelly’s thrice-cooked duck-fat chips to your oyster order. The fire at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room is toasty and the craft beer selection covers all bases, featuring popular brews from James Squire and Young Henrys.
An authentic English pub with all the trimmings, this family-owned Paddington venue offers more than 20 local and imported beers, including James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale, Royal Blood Blood Orange IPA, Heaps Hoppy Kiwi Pale Ale, and Two Birds Golden Ale. On the Lord Dudley menu are the namesake’s famous pies as well as the simple but always satisfying shoestring fries with aioli.
A roaring fire and rotating roster of craft beers from boutique breweries – including Batch and Hawkers – are a major drawcard to The Old Fitzroy, a family-owned pub in the backstreets of Wooloomooloo. Choose between the yam fries (hand-cut sweet potato with sour cream and sweet chilli), and the cheesy truffle fries with smoked aioli to pair with your pint.
The Bucket List
This time of year Bondi transforms into a winter oasis without the summer hoards. When the sea is angry, The Bucket List in Bondi Pavilion calls. Head in for a serve of hot chips, or hand-cut sweet potato wedges with tahini yogurt, za’atar and shallots if you’re feeling fancy, grab a beer and snuggle up by the fireplace.
The Cricketers Arms
If you’re looking for the ultimate winter comfort food, you can’t go past curry and chips enjoyed fireside at the unashamedly dingy (but legendary) Cricketers Arms. The Surry Hills institution embraces all kinds of drinkers and diners. At the bar you’ll find a reliable range of local and imported beers, and further chip options include Tuscan potato chips with aioli, polenta chips with roasted garlic aioli and classic hand-cut chips.
American chef Gregory Llewellyn puts his own spin on classic Canadian poutine at this Newtown hotspot. At Hartsyard, French fries are topped with beef shin, spring onion and a vintage cheddar and beer sauce. Match it with an impressive range of local craft beers, including the menu’s mystery Kitchen Tinnie.
3 Weeds Rozelle
The historic 3 Weeds in Rozelle is a pioneer of the craft beer movement. Two rotating taps feature guest beers, so there is always a new brew to try. Grab one, find a spot by the impressive sandstone fireplace in the Back Bar and chow down on parmesan polenta chips with chicken salt and smoked-garlic mayonnaise.
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