Parramatta Road feels very much like one of Sydney’s main arteries. It’s fitting then that it’s here that you find one of Sydney’s best bottle shops.
Camperdown Cellars is a sprawling oasis of boozy goodness. The racks of wine and shelves of whisky look enticing but I’ll stick to what I know, beer.
Quite nicely, it seems to be mostly refrigerator space for beer, meaning you’re going to get the best of those fresh IPAs. In front of the main entrance, you’ll find tall refrigerators full of imported beers.
From Yorkshire’s own Samuel Smith, through the gorgeous tinnies from Japan’s Yo-Ho brewery and via staple Germans and some fancier Belgian beers, right up to the hottest and hippest American craft beers. All right here in Sydney. It’s awesome.
You could fill a trolley load from these fridges alone and still walk out wishing you’d picked up something else.
Round the corner to the left, however, is where you’ll find the Aussie stuff. From VB and Superdry, through Coopers, to 4 Pines and more, all your staples are here. There’s also a healthy local focus with Batch, Young Henrys and Shenanigans featuring too, along with some smaller, more obscure brews.
Camperdown Cellars often get some new releases pretty quickly too. So head here if you’re after the latest 4 Pines Keller Door release, or the freshest Batch beer.
It’s a great place to go if you’re developing your understanding of beer styles and the staff there are happy to help you out and chat to you about the beer. Don’t be afraid to ask and they’ll point you in the right direction.
There’s a hell of a good choice here and, as always, it’s well worth mixing and matching and maybe picking up a few bottles which you haven’t seen before.
It’s certainly a bottle shop with a craft focus. One that isn’t scared to stock some of the weirder and wackier stuff, I’m assuming because of it’s loyal and enthusiastic clientele.
Hours: Mon-Thu: 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-9:45pm, Sun: 10am-8pm
Let me know in the comments what your favourite beers from Camperdown Cellars are.