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The Hive Bar

93 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville, NSW
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An eclectic mix of recycled furnishings, varied music and emerging art. We offer a dynamic place where you can meet, eat, share a drink and listen to a few tunes. People are invited to bring their own records to play at our Wednesday night Vinyl Club or come along to one of our other regular sessions including Reggae on Sunday.

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Hive Bar Review

Review by Nastasia Campanella

The Hive Bar has been described as so many different things. Eco friendly, avant-garde, experimental and relaxed are just a few. As you sit on the recycled furniture with your own coffee mug you brought from home, sipping on the locally made beers and organic nosh, you know the critics have a point.

Opened as a “small bar”, in May 2009, by Ben Jonston and Nick Diver, this bar takes sustainability to a level like no other. We’ve already mentioned the recycled furniture, but let us not forget to talk up the special discount you’ll get for bringing your own coffee cup to the bar. Yep, you guessed it! Bring along your own mug and you’ll score a cheap coffee. They are also a part of the City of Sydney’s recycling program, which sees the napkins, toilet paper, bottles and cardboards being recycled post consumption. Used cooking oil is converted to biodiesel through an agreement with a local waste contractor and the joint runs on green power.

The eco theme is followed best at Hive than in any other Sydney venue. It also further adds to the alternative vibe of the bar. The wooden, recycled furniture an ever-changing art on the walls brings a real grungy feel. They’ve got a $10 deal during the week, where you’ll get a pizza and a glass of wine. Music trivia proves popular with locals. Really though, it’s the cozy size of the place together with the simple food which gives it a strong neighbourly ambience.

The guys in the kitchen have their green caps on too. All produce is from local places and vegetarian options feature prominently on the menu. We love the tasty falafels with lettuce, tomato, hommus and tzatziki sauce served with your choice of chips or salad [$12]. The pumpkin risotto balls served with tomato chutney [$7] were a bit dry. The grilled haloumi [$9], had a brilliant port wine dressing, nuts sprinkled over the top and was served with toasty bread. Carnivores, don’t despair. The beef burger [$12], served with the lot – including chips or salad – looked good. I’d also say the same for the chicken samosas served with mint and yoghurt dipping sauce [$7].

Drinks wise, this place only does beers and wines. There is a small, but very affordable selection of 11 reds and 11 whites. The most expensive bottle of wine is around about the $48 mark. They’ve also got four beers on tap including the E’Ville Pilsner which is made down the road at the St Peters Brewery.

There aren’t many places which have taken my heart right out of my chest, but this is certainly one of the first. There really aren’t any complaints to make about Hive Bar. Food is good and cheap, drinks are nice and the short list means you’re not overly confused, the decor is very cool and I’m able to walk in wearing casual attire. Glad there is finally a place in Sydney where I am spoilt for choice without having to pay the big bucks. Keep up the good work guys!

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