The Crafty Squire
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The James Squire brewhouse is your best bet for an easy-going pint in the CBD
When it comes to sports-watching culinary fare, baked camembert with sourdough isn’t exactly up there with chips and pies in terms of classic footy tucker. It does, however, provide a pleasing break with tradition to delicately apply cheese and quince paste to bread in between bouts of intense game viewing. With a full selection on tap from the on–premise James Squire Brewhouse, the share-plate menu also features local, yet distinctive, choices of crocodile sausage rolls and emu meatballs.
There are beer-tasting paddles offering a sample of six brews for $15, and chances are you can taste-test a variety of sporting codes at any one time during your visit, too. While all Australian leagues get their due airing across the venue’s big screens, the CBD pub has established itself as one of the most attractive destinations for EPL fans. The championing of the round-ball code even extends to E-sports, with one screen dedicated to an ESPN broadcast of a tournament of FIFA’s video game incarnation during our visit in the same room where two AFL matches are being shown live on adjacent walls. All bases are covered here, catering to passive sports fans and your fervent local fan clubs with equal hospitality.
127 Russell St
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Flinders Street|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 11am-midnight; Fri 11am-2am; Sat, Sun 11am-midnight|