SYDNEY | Royal Albert Hotel Surry Hills has built a reputation as one of Sydney’s premier craft beer destinations since a shift in focus in 2012. While the craft beer part of the pub’s offering might be relatively recent, the pub itself is not. Established in 1897, the Royal Albert has kept Sydneysiders filled with drink and food for over 100 years and has adapted as Surry Hills itself has changed. What hasn’t changed though are the important non-beer things that make any pub, new or old, worth visiting. The atmosphere is cozy, the venue retaining much of its old world charm, while the crowd diverse and the service friendly.
Back to the beer, and there are fourteen taps showcasing a wide array of mostly local, sometimes international craft beers. The likes of Modus Operandi, Young & Henrys, and 4 Pines can often be found on tap and on most Thursdays there are tap takeovers which see all 14 of the Royal Albert’s taps taken over by a single brewery – a great opportunity to try something new or limited. For those who aren’t into beer, there’s a decent range of mostly local wines and spirits to keep you satisfied. The venue even has a CANimal machine, meaning that you can get a one litre can of whatever beer you want filled directly from the taps.
Food wise there’s an assortment of burgers and hot-dogs available, including the very popular and tasty Royale with Cheese burger. Head further back and you’ll find Bamboo, an Asian dumpling spot attached to the main venue that serves up some tasty Asian cuisine.
The space is small and can get busy during peak times, but if you’re in Surry Hills and looking for a tasty drink in a great pub, you can’t go wrong with the Royal Albert.
Royal Albert Hotel
Corner Commonwealth and Reservoir Streets
New South Wales 2010
Mon – Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 10:00pm