Mermaids, Cocktails and Delicious Food.

Have you been to The Cauliflower Hotel yet? Situated on on Botany Road in Waterloo (Sydney), it has undergone significant renovations which has seen the pub sparkle again as a classic inner city pub.  First established in 1838, the hotel is understood to have been built on the site of former market gardens where cauliflowers had been grown. Hence the name. (Source). I popped along to shoot the interior, some food and some cocktails for Pippi & Juston Drew, the brilliant Landlords. Take a walk with me through the place …

Upstairs at The Cauli (as it’s affectionately known) is The Forgotten Cask Rum Bar, climb the stairs and feel like you’re on a Carribean Ship. There are bountiful amounts of beautiful natural wood, plants. A mermaid watches over the bar – and who wouldn’t with seriously good cocktails on offer! The Bonnie and Reed is my particular favourite. Created over time by their head barman Aaron, it’s his twist on his old favourite, an Amaretto Sour.

Upstairs was a former three-bedroom apartment, which has now been transformed into a laid-back St Lucian rum-focused cocktail bar. The high calibre wood sourced for the bar is magnificent.  The shelves of rum that sit behind the bar lit up by light is extensive. 

The food offering is wide and varied. From inventive burgers to delicious tacos, a playful take on Central and South American dishes. However they of course have the pub classics  – such as steak and chips and schnitzels too. I’ve tasted four different items and loved every one. It’s reasonably priced and perfect for an easy going catch up with friends.

The Cauli downstairs is totally different. It’s a themed rock bar with local, live music every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Aspiring talents and well known musicians both grace the hotel. And upstairs at The Forgotten Cask, you’ll find a superb DJ, spinning the tunes for Sunday Sessions – go along, grab some food and a cocktail and finish off your weekend in style, comfort and with laughter.

Address: 123 Botany Rd, Waterloo NSW 2017
Hours: 10am–12am
Phone: (02) 9698 3024


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