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The Balmain Hotel, Balmain

The Balmain Hotel officially launched last night after an extensive make-over by The Balmain Pub Group, known for the Riverview Hotel in Birchgrove.

The Balmain Hotel
The Balmain Hotel

Occupying the corner of Mullens Road and Reynolds Street, the revamped look combines a vibrant south Pacific-theme in a casual pub setting with an eclectic mix of exposed brick, white walls painted with palm trees, Polynesian wall art and overhanging fringed lampshades with tropical motifs.

In keeping with the tiki theme, guests were greeted with colourful leis at the front bar before stepping downstairs to the “Bottoms Up” main bar area.

The Balmain Hotel
L-R: California Rolls, Empanadas, Prawn and Sesame Toast

Head Chef Brad Sloane, Winner of the 2012 NSW AHA Chef of the Year, prepared a taste of his fusion-style street food menu. The delicious canapés included Raw Salmon Tacos, Bonito, Bacon and Miso California Rolls and Beef Empanadas with Smoked Harissa Yoghurt.

The Balmain Hotel
Foxi Monoxide

Entertainment for the night included a tiki burlesque performance by Foxi Monoxide, followed by 2012 The Voice finalist: Ben Hazlewood, who played his new EP Loveless.

As well as two distinct bars, The Balmain Hotel has a spacious beer garden, a large deck with a retractable roof and colourful furniture, which makes it a delightful spot to enjoy casual meal and sip on a cold bevvy with friends.

The Balmain Hotel
74 Mullens Street
Balmain, NSW
Hours: Mon-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-10pm

All photographs © by Esteban La Tessa. Used with permission.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.