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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The Balmain Hotel, Balmain was last modified: January 27th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.


  1. Thanks for the post. It’s amazing to see how much the Balmain Hotel has changed over the years. Would be interesting to revisit and check out their street food menu

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