Bar awards for January

In retrospect, it has been a quiet month for the BotF crew when it comes to emptying schooner glasses on the BotF Bar Map. The holidays have eaten into the exploration of Sydney’s bars. In any event 12 schooners were emptied at the Occidental, Wynyard, Harbour View, the Pumphouse, the Balcony Bar, and the ECQ in town and the Bavarian Beer Cafe, in situ, the Ivanhoe, the Cantina and the Charile Bar in Manly.

Now this author didn’t participate in all the emptyings, so correspondence maybe entered into – but City bar of the month for January is the Wynyard and North of the Harbour bar of the month for January is Safety Wolf.

The Wynyard is a gem of a lunchtime pub. Good value, large meals make it cheaper to eat at the Wynyard than many foodcourts in the city. Great old pub field and nice range of pub meals.

Safety Wolf has been open less than a year, but is a standout amongst an increasingly competitive drinking scene in Manly. Eclectic range of beers, good ambience and cool vibe. Will kick-off many an evening in the future.

No bar emptied in January really deserved to be panned, but I’d only drink at the ECQ if it was on someone else’s coin. Balcony Bar is a great addition, but is too pricey to be frequented often. Again someone else’s coin.