Open House Magazine - Applejack Hospitality unveils revamped Bondi Hardware

The revamped Bondi Hardware retains some of its industrial vibes (paying homage to its former life as a hardware store) but now incorporates a fresher look, with greenery and Moroccan textiles. Group executive chef Kasper Christiansen worked with the Bondi Hardware team to create a new menu,

re-working some of the venue’s most popular dishes and incorporating new items as well.Guests at the relaunch sampled lime-cured Kingfish tostadas; sriracha buttermilk fried chicken sliders; crispy lamb salad; baked artichoke dip with toasted pita bread; and feta and sundried tomato polenta bites.

Bondi Hardware
39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Opening Hours: Mon to Wed 4pm-11pm Thurs 4pm-12am
Fri 12pm-12am Sat 9am-12am Sun 9am–10pm
www.bondi-hardware.com.au

SocialDiary - Bondi Hardware 5th Birthday & Relaunch

200 locals, media and celebrities got an exclusive first look at the refreshed Bondi Hardware at its 5th Birthday Party last night. With the same warm and laid back vibes it's famed for, Hardware retained plenty of elements from its rustic roots, but with a lighter boho and industrial feel and lots of fresh whites, lush greenery and Moroccan textiles.

Guests included local yogi and influencer Caroline Groth, Channel 9 presenter Tom Steinfort, former Bachelorette contestant Alex Cameron,

Fox Sports presenter Matt Suleau,former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer, Sketch She girls Madison and Lana and Mike Goldman.

With a DJ spinning tunes late in to the evening, and endless food and cocktails, the event was a typical crazy fun Bondi Hardware night, and guests partied long and hard - there'll certainly be a few sore heads this morning!

See gallery here

Bondi Hardware
39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Opening Hours: Mon to Wed 4pm-11pm Thurs 4pm-12am
Fri 12pm-12am Sat 9am-12am Sun 9am–10pm
www.bondi-hardware.com.au

Sydney Scoop - NEW Endeavour Tap Rooms The Rocks

Award winning Australian brewer Endeavour Vintage Beer Co, and seasoned hospitality professionals Applejack Hospitality (Bondi Hardware, The Botanist, SoCal, Della Hyde & The Butler), have opened an exciting collaboration in The Rocks within a building that once housed Sydney’s longest-running colonial hotel, Seaman’s, dating back to the 1800s.

Inspired by the building’s long history of publican life, the team of Endeavour Vintage Beer Co. founders Ben Kooyman, Andy Stewart & Dan Hastings, with Applejack’s Hamish Watts & Ben Carroll, have opened Endeavour Tap Rooms, an onsite-brewery, bar and restaurant. The collaboration was in the works for a long time, with Applejack serving Endeavour Beer in their numerous venues for four years, and the relationship spanning back many years previously, with the two Bens old friends from school.

The venue took the guys over two years to find - they knew they had to find the perfect place to create their unique vision - and having searched the Lower North Shore, Inner West and City they fell instantly in love with the location, character and heritage of the building. Transforming the venue into a contemporary space, whilst paying homage and respect to the building’s classic history, was entrusted to Welsh + Major, an architectural firm with accolades for transforming heritage and historical sites. The result are interiors which are understated and modern, with art deco references.

It is the first ever location for Endeavour Vintage Beer Co.’s own brewery and follows the brands unique philosophy of using all-Australian, seasonally-harvested ingredients with no preservatives.

Newly opening later this month, there will be an innovative Australian designed double-stacked 600-litre brew house, six tanks that will also be double stacked and, in the bar, four key lines and four rotating taps serving on-site exclusives. The team is planning meet-the-brewer dinners and tours, as well as producing distinctive, interesting and crafty beers that won’t be found anywhere else. As well as beer, the Tap Rooms serves rosé and an “Australian Negroni” on tap using Four Pillars Gin. The locally sourced wine and seasonal cocktail lists have been created by Applejack’s Lachy Sturrock and are all 100% Australian.

The restaurant menu lends itself to the exceptional beers on tap, using the best local ingredients where possible, and from producers that support ethical farming practices. Head Chef Sam Tingle (a former sous chef at The Butler) has created a menu focusing on a range of smoked produce. The meats are smoked in a Yoder YS1500, and are lighter versions of American barbeque. Using the on-tap beer and ferments play a key role in the kitchen, and there are a large array of fresh and lively greens, vibrant salads, home-made sauces and interesting sides.

The renovation of the venue coincided with the $15 million NSW Government initiative to renew and revitalise heritage retail tenancies in The Rocks, inspired by successful strategies in heritage retail precincts around the world, including SoHo in New York City and Le Marais in Paris. Overall the Endeavour Tap Rooms team wanted to create a venue with the heart of Endeavour and soul of Applejack. Endeavour is an Australian brand, rich with integrity and focussed on using the finest ingredients. Applejack delivers consistent fun and friendly service with a focus on epic food.

Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm
www.taprooms.com.au

Hospitality Magazine - Applejack Hospitality partners with brewery for latest Sydney opening [gallery]

Australian brewer Endeavour Vintage Beer Co and Applejack Hospitality have collaborated to open Endeavour Tap Rooms in The Rocks, transforming a building that once housed Sydney’s longest-running colonial hotel, Seaman’s.

The renovation of the venue – which now comprises an onsite-brewery, bar and restaurant – coincided with the $15 million NSW government initiative to renew and revitalise heritage retail tenancies in The Rocks.

Transforming the venue into a contemporary space, whilst paying homage and respect to the building’s classic history, was entrusted to Welsh + Major, and the resulting interiors are understated and modern, with art deco references.

Opening later this month will be the site’s Australian-designed double-stacked 600 litre brew house, six tanks that will also be double stacked and, in the bar, four key lines and four rotating taps serving on-site exclusives.

As well as beer, the Tap Rooms serve rosé and an Australian Negroni on tap using Four Pillars Gin. The locally sourced wine and seasonal cocktail lists have been created by Applejack’s Lachy Sturrock.

Head chef Sam Tingle (former sous chef at The Butler) has created a menu focusing on a range of smoked produce. The meats are smoked in a Yoder YS1500, and are lighter than American barbeque.

Using the on-tap beer and ferments play a key role in the kitchen, and the menu also includes salads, burgers, sandwiches, home-made sauces and a range of side dishes.

See gallery here

Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm
www.taprooms.com.au

 

The-F - Bondi Hardware celebrates its 5th birthday

If you’re a Bondi local, you would’ve noticed the local haunt that is Bondi Hardware adopted to Double Bay venue SoCal’s aesthetic, menu and the rest of it for long enough to kind of forget what made Bondi Hardware so Bondi.

So, to pay homage to their 5th birthday, Bondi Hardware is back this month with the same warm and laid back vibes it’s famed for, but with a fresh new look.

Bondi Hardware will still display plenty of elements from its rustic roots, but with a lighter boho and industrial feel. There’s also an exciting new menu, which includes re-visiting and re-working some of the venue’s most popular dishes.

The relaunch joined forces with Applejack for an evening of DJ’s, cocktails and canapé to celebrate the affair, offering an exclusive first look at their revamped venue!

Bondi Hardware
39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Opening Hours: Mon to Wed 4pm-11pm Thurs 4pm-12am
Fri 12pm-12am Sat 9am-12am Sun 9am–10pm
www.bondi-hardware.com.au

Gourmantic - Bondi Hardware Relaunches with a New Look for 5th Birthday

After a takeover by sister venue SoCal in Neutral Bay, Bondi Hardware is back with a fresh new look.
The venue channels a “converted-lux-warehouse-retreat-feel” with whites interspersed with lush greenery and warm Moroccan textiles while it retains the classic old building vibe.
The menu by Group Executive Chef Kasper Christensen includes new dishes and reworked old favourites.

Think Spiced tuna poke with avocado, coconut quinoa & puffed buckwheat with corn chips; Hardware crispy lamb salad with hummus, feta, couscous, pear & mint yogurt and Jerk chicken & black rice with tomato sugo, snow peas, coriander & lime labna.
A SoCal influence remains with SoCal Baja fish taco, pineapple salsa, ancho chilli sour cream. The new look Bondi Hardware relaunched with a 5th birthday party on 28 February.

Bondi Hardware
39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Opening Hours: Mon to Wed 4pm-11pm Thurs 4pm-12am
Fri 12pm-12am Sat 9am-12am Sun 9am–10pm
www.bondi-hardware.com.au

Urban List - The Endeavour Tap Rooms

The Verdict

All your beer dreams are about to come true thanks to the arrival of Endeavour Tap Rooms at The Rocks.

Bought to you by the team behind The Butler, Della Hyde and The Botanist, in collaboration with Endeavour Vintage Beer Co, this modern brewery offers 8 brews fresh out of the tap, so whether you want a light bodied summer ale, hoppy pale ale or spicy dark lager, you know you're in good hands.

For the non-beer lovers amongst us, expect ice cold cocktails (made for hot summer days), Australian Negroni (served on tap) and a selection of the some of best locally sourced wines.

The food menu has been designed to share, with a focus on smoked meats (think beef brisket, pork sausages and lamb ribs) but we suggest you order the banquet and get the one of everything (welllll, kinda).

Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm
www.taprooms.com.au

Lifestyle food - A new Sydney bar is serving an 'Australian Negroni' on tap

The Endeavour Tap Rooms is a new venture from Endeavour Vintage Beer Co and Applejack hospitality, aka the guys behind Bondi Hardware and The Botanist. The bar, located in Sydney's historic borough of The Rocks, occupies one of the longest-running colonial hotel's in the city.

The refurbishment of the venue, which dates back to the 1800s, still shows glimpses of 120-year-old wallpaper, beautiful arched windows and even a small window where women were once had to line-up for service as they weren't allowed in main bar.

While craft beer lovers will certainly be stopping by for a uniquely Aussie swill, the Tap Rooms also offers a Negroni on-tap.

"When we started piecing together the drinks angle for the venue, we obviously wanted there to be a focus on the tap offering," Lachy Sturrock, Applejack's Bars Manager said.

"Cocktails are a big part of what we do at Applejack so we thought why not have a cocktail on offer from the tap."

The Tap Rooms prides itself on its locally-sourced offerings, so even their Negroni is made of purely Australian ingredients.

"For our Negroni we wanted to go for an all Australian line up. We partnered with our good friends at Four Pillars Gin, added Applewood Red Okar Bitter - out of the Adelaide Hills - which substitutes the original Campari, and added Regal Rogue Bold Red vermouth to finish it off," Lachy Sturrock, Applehack's Group Bars Manager.  

"The result is a slightly sweeter cocktail, with welcome hints of orange and Australian botanicals - simple and refreshing."

Yum!

Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm
www.taprooms.com.au

Good Food - Two new Sydney ventures feature meat from the smoker

Where there's smoke there's, well, a new Sydney venue. The smoker features heavily with two of the city's latest arrivals.

A Yoder smoker is at the heart of the kitchen at Endeavour Tap Rooms (39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks), a collaboration from the Endeavour Vintage Beer Co and the seasoned crew behind venues including Della Hyde and Bondi Hardware.

If Endeavour's Welsh + Major interior doesn't get you, the Toulouse sausage, barramundi and beef brisket from the smoker might.

And Barangaroo's latest venue is upfront about its intentions: NOLA Smokehouse and Bar (Tower 1, 200 Barangaroo Avenue) has a strong focus on sweet meats, whiskey and specialist New Orleans cocktails.

Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm
www.taprooms.com.au

Gourmantic - Endeavour Tap Rooms Opens at The Rocks

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Endeavour Tap Rooms, a collaboration between Australian brewer Endeavour Vintage Beer Co and Applejack Hospitality (Bondi Hardware, The Botanist, SoCal, Della Hyde & The Butler) has opened in The Rocks.

Located in an 1800s building that once had Seaman’s, Sydney’s longest-running colonial hotel, the venue was transformed into a contemporary space, whilst paying homage and respect to the building’s classic history, with interiors that are understated and modern, replete with art deco references.

Endeavour Vintage Beer Co. have a philosophy of using all-Australian, seasonally-harvested ingredients with no preservatives and this is their first ever location. Later in February, the venue will house an Australian designed double-stacked 600-litre brew house. Six tanks will also be double stacked and four key lines and four rotating taps serving on-site exclusives will be at the bar.

 

Expect meet-the-brewer dinners and tours, as well as unique crafty beers that won’t be found anywhere else.Endeavour Tap Rooms also serve rosé and an Australian Negroni on tap using Four Pillars Gin with a locally sourced wine and seasonal Australian cocktail lists created by Applejack’s Lachy Sturrock.

The food menu by Head Chef Sam Tingle (former sous chef at The Butler) has a focus on a range of smoked produce and is designed to pair with the range of beers on tap. The meats are smoked in a Yoder YS1500 resulting in a lighter version of American BBQ complemented by on-tap beer and ferments, salads and house-made sauces.

Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm
www.taprooms.com.au

Broadsheet - Endeavour Tap Rooms Opens in The Rocks

A modern brewery in the heart of the city.

The Rocks has a new on-site brewery, bar and restaurant – in the building that once housed Sydney’s longest-running colonial hotels.

Dating back to the 1800s, it operated as prominent watering hole Seaman’s for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Fast-forward a few hundred years and the space is now Endeavour Tap Rooms, owned and operated by Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts of hospitality group Applejack (The Butler, The Botanist, Della Hyde). Ben Kooyman and Dan Hasting, the boys behind Endeavour Vintage Beer, also own a share.

The collaboration was in the works for quite some time. The two Bens are old friends from school. “The relationship was definitely founded off brotherly love,” says Watts. It was finding the building, however, which really allowed the dream to flourish. “The venue, we really just fell in love with,” says Watts. “It’s got so much character, every time we find a space we generally fall in love with the character or the potential of the character.”

The space has been completely refurbed by Welsh + Major, an architectural firm with accolades for transforming heritage and historical sites into contemporary spaces. “We wanted to use someone who paid homage and respect to the building’s history,” says Watts. The interiors are pared back and modern with art deco references.

The brief was to “create a space that wasn't the same as your typical brewpub,” says Watts. “The feel is classic, contemporary and understated. ”The menu puts an Australian-pub spin on American barbeque, making it a “little less stodgy and sauce driven”. The kitchen is headed by Sam Tingle (a former sous chef at The Butler) who is a self-confessed meat-smoking, vegetable-pickling fanatic. The Tap Rooms even houses its own Yoder smoker. “Meat-smoking nerds and barbeque geeks will find that pretty exciting,” says Watts.

Of course, it’s the on-site brewed beer that’s the hero. There’s a 600-litre brewhouse, eight tanks and, in the bar, four key lines and four rotating taps. Brewer Graeme Mahy has more than 10 years of experience under his belt and uses all-Australian ingredients.

Mahy says they thought the pale ale would be most popular but it is actually the Australian ale and other brews that are “just flying out the door”. As well as beer, the Tap Rooms also serves rosé and an “Australian Negroni” on tap, using local ingredients. The locally sourced wine and cocktail lists were created by Applejack’s Lachy Sturrock.

Looking to the future, Watts hopes to make the brewery more interactive. The team is planning meet-the-brewer dinners and tours, as well as “just producing some really interesting and crafty beers that will blow people away”.

Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm
www.taprooms.com.au

GQ - An Eclectic Eatery Hidden In The Backstreets Of Sydney

Located in the iconic site of Mezzaluna on Victoria Street, The Butler Potts Point boasts subtle botanical and colonial French themes.

Launching only 2 years ago, The Butler is a renowned bar and restaurant that honours the historic ‘Butlers Restaurant’ that occupied this same site many years ago, paying tribute to its original structure, food and service style with a fresh, modern flair.

However now, with a newly appointed Head Chef and food direction, the eatery’s preference for clean, simple flavours provides the perfect marriage between tradition and modernity.

Newly appointed Head Chef George Fowler is an Aussie Brit with 16 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, both locally and internationally.

George’s cooking has a focus on seasonal produce which is sustainably sourced, and his menus at The Butler include dishes such as Palmer Island Mulloway cooked in a paper bag and slow cooked wagyu, swede and kohlrabi.

Executive Chef, Danish born Kasper Christensen, brings a focus on foraging to The Butler, with his latest expedition taking place along the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. Christensen took a group of chefs to scour the rocks for seaweeds, bushes for edible flowers and various grasses and leaves, to learn about the benefits of using native produce in cooking to substitute other flavours, such as watercress fresh from along the coast, Banksia flowers to add sweetness in desserts and grasses which taste like coriander.

As for the interior - exotic themes enclose the dining area, a forest-like garden consumes the outdoors, and various textures of foliage complement the original sandstone walls.

It's a must-see for pre-dinner cocktails, dinner, or a night cap on the terrace.

The Butler
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Opening Hours: Mon & Tue 4pm-11pm Wed to Fri 12pm until midnight
Sat 10am-12pm Sun 10am – 10pm
www.butlersydney.com.au

Sir and M'Lady - SoCal Hardware review

So what do you get when you combine Bondi Hardware with Neutral Bay’s popular SoCal? Well, we checked it out recently and let us tell you, it’s going off.

It’s where Bondi Hardware has always been, same venue, same amazing vibe but amplified ten times as SoCal’s North American and Mexican flavours have infused the famous beachside venue.

We arrived on a Friday night and the place was buzzing with people having fun, enjoying drinks and a small crowd of daredevils about to begin a hot wings eating competition. We quickly took our seats and couldn’t wait for the fun to begin.

True to the Mexican theme, we started with margaritas which here at Bondi Hardware, oh sorry So Cal, were a pretty damn good spicy version. Just be prepared to get a bit hot as you enjoy your drink. Luckily we had a nice plate of guacamole, chips and salsa at our table. The chips were moorishly crunchy and the guacamole was so creamy and light, we were scooping it up bite after bite.

At this stage the hot wings eating contest was in full swing. The vibe was mad. Count N was madly trying to get a piece of the action, trying to take photos, everyone was cheering - it was so much fun. Count J was happy just being a spectator and he fitted in a few more cocktails in while Count N was roaming the floor. He was very happy!

Back to the food though and the snapper ceviche had us fighting over every bite. Bursting with freshness and colour, the snapper, eschalots, cucumber and chilli brought out a wonderful combination of flavours. The chilli wasn’t overpowering, which was wonderful.

We also tried the beef cheek doughnuts, which, as the names suggests, were fluffy doughnuts filled with tender juicy beef cheeks.  If you like the combination of sweet and sour, then you’ll definitely love these. Count N particularly loved them.

For us though, the clear winner of the evening was the duck. A duck leg so crispy, you could hear the skin break as you took each bite. It came with more of that delicious guacamole and some very smooth spiced maple. For us, the major challenge was not to eat all the duck and maple in one go.

Dessert was Churros or should we say, huge pieces of Churros with a smooth and velvety chocolate sauce which we were dunking in and eating with our hands. Such a satisfying experience.

Bondi hardware and SoCal are match made in heaven, but we’re told its not going to last forever, so get down there before its too late, you won’t be disappointed. The Counts attended as guests of SoCal Hardware. Special thanks to Olivia Warne of Pendulum Communications for this invitation.

Bondi Hardware
39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Opening Hours: Mon to Wed 4pm-11pm Thurs 4pm-12am
Fri 12pm-12am Sat 9am-12am Sun 9am–10pm
www.bondi-hardware.com.au

Time Out - There's a new brewery bar opening in the Rocks

It was a sad day when Wine Odyssey closed its doors, taking with it their very impressive range of Australian wines by the glass. But the historic corner site is being revived by a boozy venture of a different nature: a craft beer bar. 

The new venue is a collaborative effort from the Endeavour Vintage Beer Co and Applejack Hospitality. The former is best known for their annual ales and the latter are the brains behind beloved Sydney venues like Della Hyde, the Botanist, Bondi Hardware , the Butler, and SoCal.

Before it was an enoteca, the corner building just off the Argyle Street pedestrian mall was a pub called the King's Head Hotel, and now it is returning to its roots as the Endeavour Tap Rooms.

In addition to being the site of Endeavour's first permanent brewery, there will be a restaurant with a heavy focus on smoked meats and seafood plus the bar featuring local brews exclusive to the tap room, batched cocktails and NSW wines. 

Endeavour Tap Rooms
39-43 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11am–12am Sun 11.30am–10pm
www.taprooms.com.au

The AU Review - The Butler’s new head chef makes some welcome changes

Newly appointed Head Chef George Fowler ha brought a sharp focus on seasonal and sustainably sourced produce to make some changes at Potts Point favourite The Butler. Now with a team that also includes Danish-born Executive Chef Kasper Christensen (ex-Quay) and regular foraging sessions with forager and chef Elijah Holland (who worked with Kasper at Noma), food at the bar and restaurant is heading in a new direction, with those foraged ingredients taking the spotlight.

My recent visit took me through these new changes to the menu, marking a clear evolution for the establishment ahead of the new year.

We were off to a fine start with torched salmon, puffed rice, sesame, and nori ($13). It’s a fantastic albeit slightly small dish. I loved the distinctly Japanese flavours of the nori together with the crunch of puffed rice.

From the larger plates, we settled on the curried roast chicken with potato, summer stone fruits, pickled mustard seeds ($32). While the chicken wasn’t as tender as we would have liked, the overall flavours came together well. The stack of potatoes is even stuffed with layers of more chicken.

I’m a big potato fan, so it’s no surprise that the baby potatoes with kombu butter and parmesan ($16) completely overshadowed the rest of the dishes for me. The umami flavour of the kombu butter truly makes the potatoes shine.

The marinated summer tomatoes with aged balsamic, lemon myrtle

and burrata ($16) is a DIY undertaking with tomatoes in its own vessel with a lid that’s topped with chopped burrata and pesto alongside small dishes of croutons and balsamic vinaigrette.

We were told to stir the slow cooked egg, remoulade, parmesan, and kale ($20) together. The kale is tastier and crispier than I imagined. And I spent a few minutes googling remoulade because I knew it as a sauce, but in this dish, it’s referring to celeriac remoulade. Turns out that both are called remoulade. Thank you Internet for your eternal wisdom.

For dessert, the milk chocolate bar with coffee caramel creme and malted chocolate soil ($15) delivered a rich finish that’s perfect for chocoholics. Match it with a vodka espresso martini ($18) and you’re set for a sweet end to the meal.

Another cocktail worth mentioning is the Vic St Mule ($17), a beverage for those with a sour palate. It’s a mix of Absolut vodka, peach liqueur, rosemary, lime, Angostura bitters, and ginger beer. Meanwhile, the Te-killer Sour ($18) made with Olmeca Altos Plata tequila, peach liqueur, basil, lemon, chilli shrub, and egg white is less sour than expected, giving stronger peach vibes more than anything else.

One thing that has remained consistent is the bar’s beautiful interior. The Butler’s fantastic fit-out and views of the Sydney cityscape are Instagram-worthy. Especially the lush greenery on the terrace is beautiful and tropical, but I’d suggest bringing mosquito repellent if you’re sitting outside.

The Butler
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Opening Hours: Mon & Tue 4pm-11pm Wed to Fri 12pm until midnight
Sat 10am-12pm Sun 10am – 10pm
www.butlersydney.com.au