Once upon a time all the cool kids lived in Newtown. Then came Surry Hills. Now, well, the coolest of cool kids live in Marrickville – a suburb that used to be best known for its mall. No more: today this spread-out 'burb 7km south of the CBD is jam-packed with a huge array of multicultural residents including young families, students and artsy types chasing the affordable rents. That latter set means new Marrickville is all about awesome coffee (if you haven't been to Cornersmith, rectify your error at once) and great nights out at the fringe of Sydney's arts scene (the Factory is booking some adventurous, quirky live acts). Marrickville's also home to the official sandwich of Sydney, bánh mì – the best in town is Marrickville Pork Roll's take. Get there before the cool kids move on.
Batch Brewing Co
This bare bones brewery down in Marrickville is keeping things simple with a brewery operation out the back of their Sydenham Road warehouse, and a tasting bar out front. Set up by two American gents who started out with an American West Coast pale ale and then swiftly moved onto experimental brews, Batch is beer nerd Nirvana. Depending on when you visit they might have a milk stout made with Campos coffee for an extra kick, or perhaps a few bottles of their Christmas in July porter brewed with star anise, allspice, vanilla and ginger. Haven't yet developed a taste for dark beers? Try the Alice, an American-style wheat beer that is light, bright and just a little cloudy. The base of operations is a big, breezy space with a few comfy couches and some tall tables. Find a pew, grab a $5 jar of beer and watch the world go by through the open roller door. In the big double door fridges they have longnecks and growlers chilled and ready to go home with you for round two, or you can settle in, grab a snack on Saturdays from a food truck out the front or order in a pizza from Nom up the road and try the lot. Batch Brewing Co are part of the Bottled Lightning Co. craft beer collective.
Marrickville Tennis Club
Happy with your current level of fitness? Then mosey on down to Marrickville Tennis Club where you can get a work out then cancel out its effects with a cheap meal and $10 jug of beer amongst a rather varied cross-section of the inner west's best folk, whether young, old or ex-con (sounds scary – isn't).