From Feros Group comes Huxley’s and Ugly Pizza – A pair of connected venues with Huxley’s sports bar hidden behind what looks like the freezer doors inside Ugly Pizza. The venues however are anything but ugly with smart fitouts by Chris Ginham (who designed both Chiswick and Opera Bar). Ugly Pizza has a functional minimalist, warm and intimate space that’s visible from the streetside – And operations at Ugly’s have been a smashing success since opening and they’ve had to take their oversized pizzas off the menu as demand overwhelmed the pizza ovens here. Crossing the gateway into Huxley’s and you’ll enter a slick NYC sports bar with rather contrasting characteristic. And yes the gateway is a fridge door, a bit of a concealed surprise and a bit fancier than the suburb of Caringbah would have suggested. Straight out of the surryhills and sydney CBD rulebooks then.
Inside, a stark contrast as Huxley’s dimly lit and there is an array of large screen tv showing sportscast around the venue. The feel is less neighbourhood pub and much slicker, that high end NYC sports bar lineage. Neon signage adds hints of colour to the space and there’s ample artwork to add points of visual interest. The venue has a range of deep plush settes and booths and on this Wednesday night visit, filling up with a demographic of early 20s to 40s. One party celebrated their birthday here. The mood is congenial and easy.
From Ugly Pizza, you’ll get a range of Pizzas and burgers but inside Huxley’s the food menu expands (you can also get the Ugly Pizza Menu in here) but extends to a larger Americana menu of hotdogs, wings, ribs, burgers, pizzas, beers and more. It should be noted that both Huxley’s and Ugly Pizza has a Feros Group members price where dishes are ($1-2 cheaper; refer menu)
Navigating Huxley’s you’ll possibly spot their eye-catching tall beer towers; a 2 litre table side serve of your bevvie of choice. We went with an American Sierra Nevada Pale. A floral hoppy, deep amber, full bodied american beer.
The Ugly Pizza Menu. Yes, there’s burgers, pizzas, salads and Garlic Breads and dessert options.
The selection of eats from the starter side of Huxley’s menu are generous sized bites. Hot wings are tangy from the vinegary Frank’s hot sauce. A fiesty set of wing done right. Guacamole and chips and loaded waffle fries both abundant and packed full of flavour; its the sort of sides you’ll dig into quite happily. We loved these and the House Fried Corn Chips are a nice touch. Huxley’s BBQ Pork rilettes are juicy flavoursome mini bites.
On the menu, a ridiculously oversized double dog, best shared of course. With a tasty beef frank in it and most importantly good bread, made for a good hotdog. Good for a big eater; best shared.
Huxley’s signature burger was pretty great. A juicy, beef number with salad and a nice soft bun. It’s simplicity belies how good it was. They do these on Thursdays for $10 (best to check the website)
Huxley’s and Ugly Pizza both have a level of finesse that belies its location in Caringbah. If this was more local to where we were, we’d be regulars and that’s about as good a recommendation we can give this. Delicious eats and a perfect NYC sports bar experience complemented with beers and atmosphere. Get in here during game days, we hear it gets pretty kick ass.
Huxley’s Bar and Ugly Pizza
32 Banksia Road, Caringbah, Sydney, NSW