The name suggests it’s a bait shop and the entry looks nicely dodgy, but once inside Rodney’s Bait ‘n’ Tackle it’s clear this clever nautical themed boozer is serious about its business. The aaargh-me-hearties theme certainly wasn’t just a way of skimping on the decor. How on earth did they get that boat indoors?
Local and overseas wines are available although spirits are where things are at with enough whiskey, rum and gin to keep you busy. The inventive cocktail list has an emphasis on citrus-flavoured creations with pricing around the $18 mark.
The food offering is simple, but servings substantial; a basket of chips will keep you occupied for some time. A small selection of pizzas, tacos and burgers join the seafood offerings of freshly shucked oysters, smoked oysters and salt and pepper squid.
A neighbourhood bar and live music venue at its core, expect to find different genres of entertainment every night. Happy hour runs from 5pm-6pm weeknights, and Taco Tuesday offers cheap eats early in the week.
Seating isn’t the most comfortable in the bar area, but there’s comfy seats and lounges further in and – in summer – the back courtyard is hard to leave. Rodney’s is a real deal, neighbourhood bar.