Thursday, 6 October 2011

The Exchange

The pub known for a while as Molly Blooms lies at the corner of Bay and Rouse streets, and is never empty.
The main room feels pretty traditional, with a large central bar (housing a pleasing array of beer taps), stripped floor boards and open fire. To either side lie dining and dancing rooms, each with their own character. The pub as a whole manages to strike a good balance between the "down to earth boozer" feel of its nearest competitor The Local, and the "place to take a (materialistic) date" feel of its next nearest neighbour competitor The Pier.
However it's still possible to feel slightly out of place here on the weekend if you're not late twenties/early thirties and dressed in the unofficial 'uniform' of Elwood or G-Star for guys, and skimpy dress for girls.
Beers on tap: Carlton Draught, Boags Draught, Classic Blonde, JS Golden Ale, JS Amber Ale, Blue Blue Tongue Pilsener, Kosciuszko Pale Ale, Hoeegarden, Heineken, Becks, Kirin
Wine range: $8 - $12
Parma: $24.90 (see my review)
Gastro: At these prices, you'd hope so
Tradie vs Yuppy: Tends toward the latter

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