Curly Lewis Brewery
Huge news for beer lovers in the Eastern Suburbs—the area's first-ever brewery is opening in Bondi, right across the iconic beach. Founded by a group of mates—Adam Richards, Oliver dos Remedios, Gareth Morton, Loren Morton, and Scotty Morgan, Curly Lewis is a welcome addition to the beachside suburbs bar scene. Bring on summer arvo dips and sunset sips, stat.
"We felt there was a gap in the market for beer lovers in the Eastern Suburbs. You have to go to the Inner West or Northern Beaches for a brewery experience. So we wanted to change that and create a local brand and brewery in a location that has a lot of significance to us as founders," said Curly Lewis Co-Founder and Head of Brand Oli dos Remedios.
The 120-person venue features a working brewery, dining area, and, of course, a bar. And it's got a whopping 20 taps pouring the brand's two core brews, Clean Cut Lager and Bondi Hazy Ale, plus a rotating list of "wildcard" beers like a salty gose, a coffee stout, and a red IPA.
Not that into beers? If that's the case, then take your pick of poison from the selection of cocktails, plus small-batch spirits and Aussie wines.
Food-wise, much-loved Waverley deli Frank's Deli is heading up the kitchen—so think European-style snacks like meatballs and deli platters, plus epic sambos (yes, including Frank's famed Reuben sanga).
"We decided to move away from traditional 'pub grub' as a point of difference and bring something that could help elevate the experience, but in a very casual and approachable way," said dos Remedios.
Punters can choose to pull up a stool at the long timber bar, in the dining area overlooking the huge stainless steel tanks, or outdoors watching the surf. We know where we'll be on sunny days.
Curly Lewis is slated to open Friday 19 August.
Image credit: James Evans