Dating back to 1869, The Balmain was once owned by underworld figure Abe Saffron and frequented by mafia goons and wharfies. How times have changed. This Victorian beauty has had a facelift but underneath her stern veneer, The Balmain is all frilly knickers and Mai Tais. With a flamingo room featuring the artwork of Damon Downey from Sneaky Soundsystem, a tropical tiki courtyard and a family friendly $5 kid’s menu, The Balmain is back on the right side of the tracks.
This is the next instalment from The Balmain Pub Group, owners of the wildly successful Riverview Hotel in Birchgrove. Director Nick Wills says, “My vision for The Balmain Hotel is to offer something totally different from the traditional style pub Balmain is famed for; I want to refresh the established social scene and we are really going all out to make this venue quirky and fun so that people will know to come to the Balmain Hotel to have a great time”.
Rattling pans out the back is Brad Sloane, Winner of the 2012 NSW AHA Chef of the Year. Sloane will be pumping out a fusion style street food menu, including The Balmain’s take on the steamed bun, falafels and sliders, as well as raw salmon tacos. Aye caramba.
Monday – Saturday 12pm to 12am; Sunday 12pm to 10pm
74 Mullens Street (Corner of Reynolds), Balmain