The Stuffed Beaver Crows Nest
WHAT DIVE BARS can lack in finesse they usually make up for in character and rollicking good times. The Stuffed Beaver in Bondi has delivered both for the past six years, slinging poutine, screening wrestling and salving hangovers with Bloody Caesars. Now the north side has its turn to enjoy the fun. Beaver 2.0 is much bigger than its Bondi sibling, and it’s more of a diner than a dive bar – found in a multilevel, former Mexican joint. A thumping soundtrack of AC/DC, Bowie and Foreigner make the place feel welcoming, as does the super-friendly service. On the food front, it’s the same deal as Bondi: burgers, wings, poutine and hot dogs. Burgers are hearty two-handers. Unfortunately our beef is overdone and the fried cheese gets lost in the burger overall. At $16.99 we wish there were fries included, too. Instead, go for the lunch special and get a cheeseburger and fries for a tenner, or head in on Monday evening for $5 cheeseburgers and $5 Moondog tins. The chicken wings are good – the vinegary, spicy, slippery morsels go down damn well with the bespoke Beaver Brew, a collaborative beer from the Stuffed Beaver Philter Brewery. You’ll also find Philter brews on tap, plus tins including Tecate, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Coors.