Lord Raglan round near Redfern is a bit of a local. The refurbished pub is part of the Rocks brewery group and their beers are featured quite prominently on tap and menu. There’s 16 beers on tap here. We came for a birthday do and had a pretty great evening. There was live music, good food and stonking beers – They also do a thing called bottle club “where you hit the curated list of drinks and if you clear it, you get $50 vouchers, beers and your name etched somewhere”. Kind of cool.

This was a friday, there’s long tables and more traditional dining setups. There’s live music tonight too .

The big island bar provides a 270 ordering station and makes effective use of the space here. Rocks Brewing Beers are there, as are other craft beers. Batch Brewing has a “Big Kahuna” here today.

Round the back, there is a bit of a muralled wall with pinball machines and comfier couch chaises.

The $22 bucket of wings came on a plate. But was satisfyingly delicious, tangy and delicious. Sam who was American thought these were pretty great. The range of pub grub also included burgers, nachos, pizzas and other pub kitchen fare.

The rocks brewing porter is a dark rich beer. You can head into Rocks Brewery for a tasting paddle and try their range.

Batch Brewing’s “Big Kahuna” Coconut Brown Ale. Really quite enjoyed this – coconut and chocolate flavours. Might have to go pick up a growler.

Various other drinks. From Tequila shots, Hendrick G+T ($10) to sambucas. Its not cocktails and fanciness but the Lord Raglan does booze right.

A few years back, if the suggestion is to have drinks at this locale and where it sat, it was probably a no go zone. But the gentrification and apartments have come (there’s a couple just up the road) and the tone and quality of the area has changed. Lord Raglan is a bit more finished than the current “broken down derelict/unfinished grunge” aesthetics seen at the popular Newtown Hotel or the new Rose in Erskineville but it’s still pretty nice. Bar Manager, Jonathan was great and kept the drinks coming and its this sort of friendliness you need in your local. Now about that bottle club.

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