The Area: Where to Eat and Drink in Brookvale
Not so long ago, Brookvale was the indefinable industrial suburb of the Northern Beaches. Located just inland from bustling Dee Why and upscale Curl Curl, its lack of coastline meant it was overlooked in favor of more glamorous or scenic locations.
Everything has changed in recent years, and Brookvale is now synonymous with great socializing on the beaches. Most notable is Brookvale’s thriving brewing scene, perfect for a weekend brewery crawl. Whether you visit just one of the recommendations below or make it a day, hopping from place to place, you’ll be having too much fun to even notice the absence of those ocean views.
To help you read up on the area, here’s where to eat, drink and even go dancing in Brookvale.
This recently opened pizzeria is sure to replicate the success of its sister branch in Manly with its winning combination of good food and a relaxed atmosphere, but also adding old-fashioned arcade games and an expanded cocktail list in The mixture. The Vegos are well served by offerings such as “Parmaaa! Just Killed a Man” (essentially an eggplant among pizza form) and “Cheeseus Christ” (a four cheese offering with thyme and honey) but if you’re an unrepentant carnivore, you can’t go wrong with the Hawaiian-inspired “Gordon Hamsey” or the nduja and spicy salami fest that is “Netflix and Chili.” That’s before we’ve even mentioned the gooey burrata or the signature garlic bread, where caramelized whole cloves are buried inside.
Brookvale’s resurgence as a social hub is perhaps best summed up by LABEL., a warehouse-style venue that’s as much an arts arena as it is a cocktail bar and nightclub, always keeping the local community front and center. . Places on the northern beaches are not known to stay open late, but LABEL. doesn’t close until 3am and continues to serve pizza until that time. Along with a spacious dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system (“the kind of system you’d see on a boutique festival stage,” says artistic director Alex Preston), LABEL. is also home to two in-house recording studios, designed to allow touring artists to collaborate and create tracks.
Located inside the Sticky Bottle bike shop, this New Zealand company recently celebrated its 20th anniversary by serving hot cups of coffee to Aussie java junkies. Their outlet on Mitchell Road in Brookvale is their first venture into Sydney, joining locations in areas as diverse as Melbourne, Wellington and even Tokyo. When a company has managed to grow like Coffee Supreme, you know they have to cook up something pretty special, and that’s certainly the case here. There’s a breakfast and lunch menu if you want food with your caffeine, but coffee is the real star, with an extensive selection including an ever-changing bean distribution, all following the philosophy of Coffee Supreme when it comes to ethical and sustainable practices.
Bucketty’s Brewing Co.
Before you visit Bucketty’s, it’s worth checking out the blog on their website to see the story of how they went from buying rural land in the Hunter Valley to becoming very successful in Brookvale, and the innumerable problems they encountered. Between! Now the brasserie and bar are enjoying their moment, with queues to enter on some evenings. There are burgers, tacos, wings and more on the menu to go along with their extensive signature beer selection, which includes a habanero beer and a Mexican lager alongside classics like IPAs, stouts and hazy beers. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a jam-packed schedule of live music, ranging from local artists to ARIA-nominated national names.
One of the first breweries to get in the act in the northern beaches, Nomad has now won national awards for its beers. Their Brookvale Bar and Bottle Shop offers 16 independent craft beers on tap along with event space, DJs and a finger-licking Texas BBQ. What’s available on the draft changes from week to week, but you can always expect a range of sour ales, lagers and a hazy, hoppy NEIPA, as well as guest beers from around the world. . If you’re lucky, you might be able to sample Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, a flavorful stout made in collaboration with Wil Wheaton that tips the scales at 11.5% alcohol.
7th day brewery
7th Day’s motto is “Drink Good, Do Good”, and they combine running a tap with supporting causes in the local community and beyond. Not that you need another excuse to hand them your hard earned beer because their beer is so good in the first place. From their beginnings as a crowd-funded operation in 2016 to where they are today, 7th Day has continued to expand their range which you can enjoy in the spacious surroundings of the brewery. There are over a dozen of their creations on tap and, if you’re a real fan, you can buy 10 or 20 liter kegs to take home.
Dad and Dave’s brew
Brewing on the northern beaches for over a decade, Dad & Dave’s is, as the name suggests, a family affair. Their brewery and bar in Brookvale is spacious with plenty of tables inside and out, and dog friendly. As if to stave off the hunger pangs that come from delving into their delicious hoppy creations, there’s a Dad & Dave’s branded food truck permanently installed out front serving plus burgers, loaded fries and popcorn chicken. . As well as the range of beers you’d expect, you can also sample spirits from Wildspirit: a distillery run by the extended family of Dad & Dave.
Barrel One Coffee Roasters make great coffee, yes, but it would be remiss not to mention their grilled cheese sandwiches ASAP in this paragraph. There are three options: Calabrese, Fondue, and Pimento, and all come with heaps of thinner, stretchier cheeses that you normally only see in pizza commercials. There are also Reuben and Cubano sandwiches on the menu, as well as a wide variety of bagels. Their smooth, expertly crafted coffee comes from a truly great place – they make a point of supporting farmer cooperatives and self-sustaining estates, and supporting initiatives that enable economic viability for independent producers.
Manly Spirits Co.
If you type “Manly Spirits Co.” in your search engine of choice it shows up as “cellar door/distillery tasting bar/gin school”, which is one hell of a triple threat. Their selection of gins, vodkas and whiskeys are inspired by the local coastline, collaborating with forager Elijah Holland to add sea botanicals to their recipes. They offer distillery tours and cocktail masterclasses, and at their distillery bar you can sample the full range of what they produce. From tasting flights to signature cocktails, there’s something for everyone. Manly Spirits Co. also offers award-winning liqueurs – there’s a zesty limoncello, a caramel and sea salt coffee liqueur, and, for the daring, the mysterious-sounding “Distillery Secret Liqueur”.
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