If you live in Manly, your ferry commute home just got a little bit more bearable (a whole lot tastier). Harbour City Ferries has just opened bars on the four vessels that service the northern beaches suburb, and they're being helmed by local craft brewers 4 Pines. The on-board bars are a first for a Sydney public ferry — until now, you could only buy a bev on privately owned services, like the Manly Fast Ferry.
The 4 Pines Ferry Bars can be found on the four Manly ferries: Collaroy, Narrabeen, Freshwater and Queenscliff. The brewery's core range will be kept on-board, including sips like the Indian Summer Ale, the In Season IPA and the Brookvale Union Ginger Beer.
While booze will only be available from 4–8pm each day, non-alcoholic drinks and a food menu available at other times. Those that rush to work will especially find a lot to love — think, smoothies, frittatas, granola yoghurt pots and the Le Pig toastie, made with leg ham, gruyere, cheddar and Dijon mustard. All the food will be whipped up by the 4 Pines kitchen.
According to Sydney Harbour Ferries Managing Director Martin Kearney, the move is about improving the onboard experience. "We have listened to what our customers want and believe the bar service on Manly ferries adds an enjoyable dimension to the journey of regular commuters and visitors to our city," Kearney said.
The 4 Pine Ferry Bars are now open on the four Harbour City Ferries Manly services, with alcohol served between 4 and 8pm.