Endeavour Tap Rooms
Endeavour Vintage Beer Co. open their own brewpub in The Rocks.
Endeavour Vintage Beer Co. finally has a place to call home in The Rocks. The Endeavour Tap Rooms opened at the tail-end of 2016, and, oddly enough, is more bar than brewery. The beer itself plays second fiddle to the restaurant and main bar, which not only contains eight brew taps, but also has four additional taps for rotating cider, wine and house cocktails. The tiny, 600-litre brewhouse is squeezed into a small side room and looks more like a display brewery than a functioning one.
The two-storey, three-bar venue itself is nicely done, which isn't too surprising considering the partnership from Applejack Hospitality, the minds behind Bondi Hardware, Della Hyde and Circular Quay's Hacienda. They've necessarily maintained that heritage building fit-out with its stained glass windows, vintage wallpaper and chic chandeliers, giving the space a living room vibe. However, the collection of small, narrow rooms can feel claustrophobic when crowded — which, considering its prime Rocks location, we imagine is often the case.
While we're very much into the all-Australian, seasonally-harvested ingredients they're going with, the menu is hit and miss. While their namesake smoked meats often miss the mark, we'd recommend the bar snacks. Think dishes like dressed oysters on a half shell ($4 each), raw hiramasa kingfish tostadas ($16) and crispy, succulent pork hock nibbles ($16) that lend themselves nicely to the needs of the after-work crowd the venue seems geared towards. Overall, the new spot is good for a drink and a nibble to start the night, but is not necessarily the beer lovers haven we were hoping for.