Nestled in the popular shopping and lifestyle environs of The Cannery in Rosebery, The Drink Hive is a trendy bottle shop with excellent taste.
The Drink Hive has a lot of wine. There’s a lot of good wine. You’ll find a great number of Australian producers, including some boundary pushing organic wine-makers.
Local, Imports, Cans, Growlers
There is though, a carefully stocked beer fridge. You’ll find a heavy local focus with the likes of Yulli’s, Young Henrys, Wayward, Grifter, Modus Operandi and Batch taking up plenty of shelf space. There are also large format bottles from breweries like Wildflower.
There are special imports too. Norway’s Nøgne Ø, America’s Sierra Nevada and New Zealand’s Kereru give a flavour of the established overseas brands you can expect to find.
Obviously other Aussie states are represented. Pirate Life, Sailors Grave and more stand present and correct behind the gleaming lights of the refrigerators.
One things visitors will notice is an emphasis on canned beer. The format continues to grow in popularity among brewers and consumers.
As with many bottle shops in Sydney, The Drink Hive offers growler fills. Again there’s a local focus to the taps that they offer. They sell branded growlers too, so it’ll be a tempting proposition for many visitors to The Cannery.
Of course there’s also plenty of room for classy spirits and Archie Rose are a dominant presence given the fact the distillery is just metres from the bottle shop.
Everything within The Cannery is highly stylised and that aesthetic sensibility extends to The Drink Hive. Each bottle is fitted with its own brown paper price tag. It must be a painstaking exercise but one which lends an air of class to the establishment. It certainly encourages browsers to pick up and examine bottles.
The bottle shops sits very close to Frenchies Bistro & Brewery, meaning you can’t really go wrong for interesting beer if you visit Rosebery. Between these two, Archie Rose, Barny’s Fine Ales & Wines, and Rocks Brewing around the corner, Rosebery and Alexandria are becoming a mini oasis for quality, independent Australian beverages.
There are many excellent bottle shops in Sydney and their tightly curated beer selection puts The Drink Hive within that bracket.
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-8pm
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