The sports bar, Taffy’s, is named after David “Taffy” Thomas, who bought the iconic lower north shore pub in 1975 and still pulls taps behind The Oaks’s bar.
The venue can fit 300 people and has 19 screens – including a mammoth one that’s over six metres long – to make sure no one misses out on any of the action. Individual screens are also available for private viewing in the plush leather booths.
There are odes to pop culture and sporting icons all over the place – a life-sized statue of Aussie cricketer Richie Benaud; murals of Andre the Giant and Muhammad Ali; and custom beer-tap handles with Hulk Hogan, poker chips, a Nintendo NES controller and even Donald Trump.
The menu features quirky takes on sports-bar snacks and pub classics: there are Reuben spring rolls filled with Swiss cheese, pastrami and sauerkraut; loaded duck nachos made with fried wontons instead of corn chips; buckets of maple-glazed chicken wings; and foot-long hotdogs topped with fillings such as chicken parmigiana and Peking duck.
There are 20 beers on tap (with lots of local and independent craft varieties); a number of the taps will rotate each month. The cocktail list includes three kinds of Negronis, a Macadamia & Wattle Old Fashioned, a Sticky-Date Espresso Martini and a couple of $30 jugs, too.
Taffy’s is also home to a large foosball table (possibly the biggest in the state) that can accommodate eight players, as well as arcade-style basketball hoops, pinball machines and air hockey.
Two more venues will open soon in the pub: a conservatory with an outdoor patio and bay windows, and a bottle shop with a cellar-door-style tasting room and takeaway bar.
118 Military Road, Neutral Bay
(02) 9953 5515
Mon to Thu 10am–12am
Fri to Sat 10am–1.30am