The Stuffed Beaver Crows Nest

Time Out (Sydney) - - FOOD & DRINK - JK

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.

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