The Republic Hotel has gone next level with its lush new rooftop bar, Taylor's. Located en route from the city to Circular Quay, you've probably walked past it a million times and now there's a good reason to go inside.
Rooftop bars come at a hefty price: a seemingly endless flight of stairs which can be torturous to the high-heeled, inebriated and the sheer clumsy; however, you'll be rewarded with a night sky, live music and a cold beer when you reach the top. Might I suggest the unpasteurised Carlton ($7.20), which is a great new beer trend to tap into, and Taylor's is the only CBD bar to offer it.
The regular process of pasteurisation removes any bacteria and live yeast from beer by flash-boiling it, but by leaving it unpasteurised, the beer tastes fresher, cleaner and creamier without any nasty metallic twang. It's designed to be consumed within 14 days of leaving the brewery and Taylor's change the kegs over every second Friday. Find the right Friday and you'll be drinking beer as fresh as any brewer in the country.
For a Carlton snob such as myself, I find it to be surprisingly smooth, sparkly, delicious stuff — could've fooled me any day. Otherwise, do try the lip-smacking Pearfected ($12) cocktail, which is made from freshly squeezed pears straight from the fruit bowl, mixed with hazelnut-infused vodka and cinnamon to create a delicious roasty pear pie flavour.
An otherwise smart-casual bar space is made remarkable by an epic green wall which creates a mesmerising tableau of lush greenery that just feels right against a starry sky. Even on a cool Tuesday evening, all the tables have already been claimed, which is a sure sign of things to come when the warm weather comes around. The food menu is mostly non-serious party food, which although not very fancy, doesn't disappoint, with affordable, generous and satisfying snacks.
There's nothing to fault in the kranksy hotdog ($12.50) which is topped with bacon, caramelised onion and cheese and is practically bursting with delicious fats and juices. There's also a Mediterranean-style wagyu beef burger ($15.50) with cheddar, bacon, capsicum salsa and mayonnaise. It doesn't compete with some of the city's more serious contenders, but it's everything you could ask for in a weekday pub meal. Both come with a side of truffle fries, which are crisp and salty to perfection.
The short menu is rounded off with a charcuterie plate ($19.50), beetroot salad ($14.50), sirloin steak ($18), chargrilled Petuna ocean trout ($22.50) and salt and pepper squid ($15), but they will be adding more dishes in the weeks to come.
With the addition of live acoustic music and DJs throughout the week, you can expect Taylor's to get ever more crowded as Sydney leaves the wintery huddle indoors for glorious rooftop dance parties in the months to come.