Nearly eight years after Stuffed Beaver opened on Bondi Road – and introduced Sydneysiders to Canadian delicacies such as poutine and Bloody Caesars (a version of a Bloody Mary that includes clamato juice) – a new Beaver has opened, this time across the bridge in Crows Nest.
Co-owner Johnny Elizondo says it’s been on the cards ever since he and his business partner Jason Walter took over the venue from the original Canadian owners nearly a year ago. “We always had the plan to bring the Beaver message elsewhere,” he says.
Like the original, it’s all about letting the good times roll, especially if you have a penchant for beers and sports. The venue is fitted out with bar stools and parlour booths – all of which give prime viewing of the 120-inch purpose-built flat screen that broadcasts the Super Bowl, NFL, NBA and UFC, as well as NRL and AFL.
As well as a range of local craft-beer options, the Stuffed Beaver crew has teamed up with Marrickville’s Philter Brewery to supply the venue’s tap beers and to create a bespoke lager designed especially for the bar, the Beaver Brew. Later this year, Elizondo says there are plans to open up a Philter barrel room that will offer tastings of aged craft beers.
The party vibe is echoed on the North American-inspired menu, which includes hotdogs, tacos, nachos and the Stuffed Beaver Wings smothered in barbeque sauce and served with ranch dressing. The team say at the original venue they served over 80,000 kilograms of them.
Stuffed Beaver was one of Sydney’s first places to offer poutine – fries covered in gravy and clumps of melted cheese curd. Health food it ain't. Elizondo says good poutine is all about the gravy. “In Quebec and Montreal there are poutine bars that have over 20 different styles,” he says.
Elizondo says the walls are bare because he has invited patrons to donate pre-loved bric-a-brac or vintage paraphernalia – just as they did at the Bondi original. Donations to date have included a range of 1980s skateboards and a Mongoose BMX. “It’s about creating a community and making people feel welcome,” he says.
419 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest
Tue to Sun 12pm–late