Hawke’s Brewing has opened its flagship venue, The Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre, in Sydney’s brewing epicentre of Marrickville.
The hospitality venue adjoins the production brewery commissioned by Hawke’s at 8-12 Sydney Street, Marrickville, last year.
The 300-person space comprises a full service bar, fronted by 10 taps pouring Hawke’s core range beers and limited releases currently, including an XPA, Hoppy Sour and Extra Special Bitter.
The addition of the venue’s Australian-Chinese bistro completes a hospitality offering that aims to bring to life the quintessential 1980s-pub and community club experience.
Hawke’s co-founder David Gibson said: “When we spoke about a vision for the venue, we agreed
immediately that the experience should trigger that nostalgic-soaked love that we can all have for our
home country. While aesthetically, it will appear as if we’ve focused on the past, we’ve also been mindful
of setting up a future-focused business in the way it behaves and operates, just like our brewery.”
Powered by a 100kW rooftop solar farm, the brewery implements an array of eco-innovations,
including a carbon capture system developed in partnership with UTS Tech, which uses CO2 from the
fermentation process to grow plants and vegetables for use in the venue.
Downstairs, The Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre has areas like The Public Bar, The Pool Room and The Patio setting the stage on entry, while the Sanctuary Cove mezzanine can accommodate events for up to 30 guests.
The venue’s Chinese-Australian bistro, The Lucky Prawn, was developed in collaboration with renowned chef Nicholas Wong.
The menu showcases clean, contemporary outtakes from the nostalgic 1980s Chinese-Australian food experience, with dishes designed to share with friends, and washed down with a tank-fresh schooner of Hawke’s beer.
The Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre will open from 12pm–11pm Wednesday; 12pm–Midnight Thursday, Friday & Saturday; and 12pm-10pm Sunday.
Doors open at midday on March 31, 2022.