Royal Albert Hotel, Surry Hills

The Royal Albert Hotel has been part of the Surry Hills landscape since 1927, undergoing many changes over the decades. Recently, Publican Michael Bain, has transformed what was a tired old man hotel by into a bustling celebration of craft brewing. Michael, who has been running the Asian dumpling venue Bamboo next door, saw the opportunity of bringing speciality beers, often with single brewery take-overs, to thirsty patrons in this part of Surry Hills. Having lived in the area for over a decade, it is a delight to see this ‘local’ turned into a quality drinking venue and it is a formula that clearly works. The Royal Albert is packed during the week with an afterwork crowd looking to finish their workday with a tasty pint. Expect to find stylish beards, tattoos and good cheer while revelling in the constantly changing range of craft beers on tap, all at reasonable prices (5-7pm is $5 craft beers, wines and spirits every day).

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