Bondi's much-loved Canadian dive bar The Stuffed Beaver has launched a sequel. Beaver II is now open in Crows Nest, complete with the poutine fries, burgers, chicken wings and bric-a-brac that have made the original so popular.
Plus, there are new arcade games. We're talking stuff-of-gamer's-dreams machines that let you play every game created during the halcyon days of the '80s and '90s — from Double Dragon and Street Fighter to Golden Axe.
When you're not dominating the highest score charts, grab a Philter brew from Marrickville and settle in front of the enormous 120-inch screen. It's been purpose-built and is showing a steady stream of sport, both local and international. Look out for NFL, Super Bowl, NBA, UFC and, during winter, weekly football. As far as seating goes, you get a choice of bar stools and dining parlour booths, as well as tables and chairs.
Beaver head chef Bankky Moon is overseeing the kitchen. Fresh from his latest culinary research tour of the US, he's armed with a bunch of new recipes and ideas. On the menu you'll find the venue's much-lusted-after chicken wings, poutine fries, hot dogs, nachos and burgers — from the classic cheeseburger and the Beaver Fried Chicken Burger to the Make 'Americana' Great Again. Vegetarians are looked after, too, with a range of salads and a mushroom burger.
The drinks menu is equally hearty, being crowded with ciders, boutique wines and craft beers, including the Beaver Brew, made in collaboration with Philter. Of course, cocktails are a major feature, particularly the Bloody Caesar, which is a Canadian version of the Bloody Mary (chilli-infused vodka, celery stick, dill pickle, tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, clamato juice) and the Beaver Tea, a signature take on the Long Island Iced Tea. Keep an eye out for the opening of a barrel room, too, where you'll be able to sample Philter's aged beers.