A new year means a new season of whichever sport takes your fancy, including all of the unexpected thrills that come with it. For anyone fond of a pint while watching a game, race, match or the like, Brunswick Street has a few surprises of its own — namely, the now-open bar The Roy, from the team behind cocktail-slinging stalwart Polly.
Of course, the new watering hole came as less of a surprise to owner Casey Gordon and manager Chris Hinds, who put in a solid two-year stint of renovations, shaping an unused nook at the back of Polly into a cosy drinking den.
The result is what the pair describe as a laidback 'local's local', accessed via a rear laneway, decked out with a big screen for watching sport, and with a vibe that's a few notches more casual than its older sister. Here, you'll settle in for a brew or whisky while enjoying the on-screen action, in a space where decent drinks and sport go hand-in-hand.
Indeed, expect the same attention to detail and boozy prowess as Polly, with the sibling venue's years of expertise shine through in The Roy's drinks offering. Taking care of your thirst is a six-strong tap rotation running from the classic to the crafty, a broad lineup of wines by the glass, and a hefty spirits collection to top it all off.