Chippendale is close to my heart. For such a small suburb it sure has some awesome places to drink craft beer.
It’s an eccentric hive of activity. So much so that, stupidly, I passed on it a number of times based on its outward appearance. The façade of the building has an interesting colour palette and it’s a bit rough around the edges with some peeling and faded paintwork.
This stylistic choice flows through inside too. There are ornate painted details on the walls, some creepy candlesticks and even the odd cherub. You get the picture.
The crowd is a mix: suited men clocking off at five, tradies clocking off at three and students sitting around all day. You’ll get families and kids on the weekend and a variety of sports fans depending on what’s on TV.
Down to it: Craft Beer at The Rose
Among all these people though, you’ll find craft beer enthusiasts. And The Rose provides another great place for newbies and craft beer geeks alike to meet and drink some awesome stuff – particularly stuff which is being brewed right here in Sydney.
Then there’s a presence from around Australia and New Zealand too with Tassie’s Moo Brew, Monteith’s, Macarthur Grange and plenty of others.
You can get jugs of all their beers but you’ll mostly see people ordering Coopers Pale Ale and Tiger this way. Many craft beer geeks will be rotating between dark IPAs, stouts, summer ales and wheat beers and drinking by the schooner. There are no tasting paddles here, and no fancy tulip glasses. It’s a meeting of worlds at The Rose.
They also have a bottle shop and this is one place where you can usually pick up a Coopers Vintage release beer. They have typical macro pale lagers, as well as some local stuff and a range of ciders.
Pub food is pub food but The Rose does it well. The schnitties and parmies are impressive and there’s a huge pizza menu which you’ll be mulling over for a while – so definitely get a drink in before ordering food.
They’ve started doing weekend breakfasts too but you might want to go later in the day just for the cheesy bacon fries which are as good as they sound.
There are special food deals too including chilli nights in winter and a variety of typical weekday evening specials. Queues for food can get fairly large during busy times but they always seem to get stuff out in decent time.
When To Visit The Rose
The busy times are generally on Friday and Saturday nights (as you’d expect) and also during major sports events such as Grand Final days across all codes. That said, there’s plenty of room.
There’s a large main indoor area with long tables and bar stools which stretch right around the bar to the “beer and bullshit corner”. There’s a small, dark seating area which separates the bar from the pokies area (which is nicely detached), and there’s a vast outside space which is incredible in summer. There are long benches and picnic style tables under parasols. You’ll still want sun cream when it’s bright out though.
Outside you’ll find a pool table and a second smaller bar with more covered seating. The smaller bar is usually only open on very busy nights but there’s more often than not room to sit around.
It’s a dependable, go-to pub where you’ll always be able to get some great beer and filling pub food. It’s a safe bet if you want to watch some sport and even better if you’re up for meeting new people.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-12am, Sun: 11am-10pm
Have you been to the Rose? Leave a comment with what you thought and what beer you drank.