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By Dominic Gruenewald
July 18, 2012
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By Dominic Gruenewald
July 18, 2012
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Located at the intersection of South Dowling and Flinders Streets in Darlinghurst, the Taphouse can go slightly unnoticed. If you're not an inner-city dweller, nor a beer fanatic, it's unlikely you've had the pleasure of experiencing the Taphouse — one of the Sydney bar scene's best-kept secrets.

Opening in late 2008, this three-level beer haven was purchased by brothers Josh and James Thorpe in 2017. The duo not only maintained the heritage-listed pub's reputation for serving an impressive array of beers, but gave the space the facelift it needed.

Part of that facelift was opening a new bar named Odd Culture — a reference to the wild yeast cultures used in fermentation — on the middle level with the largest selection of sour and wild ales in Australia, alongside minimal intervention wines and a smart selection of cheeses.

As well as beers, the Taphouse has long been known for its Sunday roasts. The roast offered is a choice of nine-hour slow-cooked beef or crispy pork belly (with crackling, of course) complete with yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots, steamed broccoli and lashings of gravy for $25. Due to its popularity, it can be hard to get a seat, so best to book in advance and get in early as they have a habit of selling out later in the evening.

Grab a seat on the outdoor rooftop terrace and then all you have to decide is what beer you should have — the selection favours all Aussie, fully independent breweries across twenty taps, rotating for freshness and seasonality

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