Rockpool Dining Group CEO Thomas Pash says the sports bar, which already operates in Brisbane, is a hybrid of the different Rockpool brands – particularly El Camino, The Bavarian, Beerhaus and Burger Project (the group also owns Spice Temple and Rockpool Bar & Grill). “It’s a best-of of a lot of our concepts,” he tells Broadsheet. “It’s about bringing all of those into one.”
There are German and American influences, stacks of large-screen televisions, 40 beers on tap, bright neon lights and classic sports memorabilia scattered throughout the space. Perch yourself on a leather stool at the bar, at high-top table, or slide into a red leather booth.
As the name suggests, wings are a highlight. Pash says they’ve been a culinary hit ever since the group introduced Buffalo wings (chicken wings in a cayenne pepper-based hot sauce) to the El Camino and The Bavarian menus. “We’ve built a following for our Buffalo wings,” he says. “Last year on National Wing Day, we sold close to three tonnes.”
Serving size ranges from 10 to 100 pieces, with the option to choose from classic Buffalo flavour; fried wings dusted in either chipotle or habanero powder; or boneless chicken tenders. These are then smothered in your choice of sauce – from the mild teriyaki and Texas BBQ, to the more extreme Afterburner and Face Melting – and come with a dipping sauce of your choice: blue cheese, ranch dressing, honey and mustard, garlic or haüs sauce. Chocolate Magnums are also available to quell any raging heat.
And while Burger Project no longer resides in the Gateway dining precinct space, you can still order its burgers – Cheese Deluxe, Bacon Project, Chicken and Mushroom – alongside a range of typical American sports bar snacks, such as onion rings, deep-fried pickles and potato gems.
If you’ve ever been to the Bavarian, you’ll know about its signature stein “chandelier”. More than 500 glasses hang above the bar ready for someone to order a drink from the custom-built beer tap wall. You can get German beers Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Franziskaner, Spaten and Hofbräu, as well as American bellwethers Budweiser, Stella Artois and Goose Island. There’s also Hoegaarden (Belgium) and, from Australia, 4 Pines and Pirate Life. Frozen Margarita, Old Fashioned, Aperol spritz, Negroni and Espresso Martini are also available on tap.
Alongside the 20 mounted TVs is a mega 12-foot wide screen that will be airing everything from tennis to golf and American football. Punters will be able to wirelessly stream audio via Bluetooth to their phones to make sure they don’t miss any of the sports action.
There are plans to open at least three more Winghaüs in Sydney this year, including one at another existing Burger Project site, Pash says.
Winghaüs by Bavarian
Gateway Centre, 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on January 28, 2020. Menu items and other details may have changed since publication.