On a hot day in the back streets of Enmore, finding shade in somewhere other than a stifling warehouse space is indeed a treat. Enter the Golden Barley. Family owned and run for 25 years, the pub maintains its original Art Deco exterior from 1939 — while the interior is a smart mix of traditional Aussie boozer/beer haven and modern bistro sure to please any patron. If that's not enough, the Barley's trump card is its beautiful beer garden — it runs down the entire length of the pub and has multiple spaces for groups of all sizes.
The thick canopy of native trees offers plenty of shade and a few choice rays peak through to provide ample light and warmth, hard to believe such a leafy oasis exists in the busy streets of the inner west. With St Peters' Indoor Climbing Gym just around the corner, the Barley is the perfect place to grab a post-climbing beer (good selection of local craft and old favourites) and relax with a bowl of sticky chicken wings ($14).
Images: Katje Ford.