High Street Social in Penrith is bringing a tightly curated beer list to beer lovers in Western Sydney.
It’s easy to fall for the stereotypical view that there’s nowhere to get good beer in Western Sydney. It is true though that the west has been underserved for too long.
That’s why it’s refreshing to see a venue like High Street Social providing a tight and well-curated beer list to those who are inclined to seek it out.
It’s even better that it’s exposing non-craft beer drinkers to quality Australian beer.
More Than A Beer Bar
Firstly, High Street Social is one of those venues that wears a few hats. It’s a burger bar that serves charcuterie plates. There’s also a pizza oven right next to the bar. It has bistro style food service, which makes it less cafe-restaurant and more street corner pub.
It’s open throughout the day, meaning its customer base is equally parents and toddlers as it is groups of young men and women dressed up for a night out.
It’s a large, brightly lit space. Even on a busy Saturday night, there isn’t the dark, claustrophobic atmosphere you’ll find in many pubs. There’s a beer garden of sorts. It’s a big courtyard area lined with astro-turf and seating for dozens of people.
This seems to be a point of separation between suburban venues and inner city venues. The former has a more diverse offering, longer hours and a varied customer base. In the city, it seems necessary to carve a niche.
Perhaps the location of High Street Social also plays into its favour. It is, as you’d expect, on the high street. It’s a short stroll from Penrith station and the all-encompassing presence that is Westfield. If you fancy a lunch time beer to escape the shopping, it’s the best option around.
Given its varied offering and diverse customer base, High Street Social has, possibly inadvertently, captured the true nature of “the pub”. It’s a public space that’s welcoming to all, particularly if you like beer.
The Beer List
What’s most appealing about High Street Social is the beer list.
The taps feature almost all independent Australian breweries. You’ll see the likes of 4 Pines, Two Birds, BentSpoke, Stockade and Hope Estate. They’re breweries that are all making a range of accessible styles.
And a range there is, from chocolatey porters to bold IPAs, warming stouts to light pale ales. There’s something for every taste, particularly when you look toward the beer fridge. It’s where you’ll find higher alcohol and more adventurous beers, including some American imports and the likes of Liefmans, the Belgians famed for their fruited and oud bruin styles.
There’s still clearly room for growth for good beer in Western Sydney and it’s often felt like a case of “build it and they will come”. Well, High Street Social have built it and so far the signs are promising.
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11am-9pm
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