Australia > Melbourne
Beer Available At Cookie (arranged by most recent)
Bridge Road Hopricot , ParrotDog PitBull 85, Three Troupers Pale Ale 33, Boatrocker Alpha Queen 59, Thunder Road Brunswick Bitter , Kooinda Black IPA (Full Nelson) 95, Liberty Citra Junior , Prickly Moses Red Ale 35, Killer Sprocket Amber Ale 68, Mornington Peninsula Sorachi Kolsch 40, Moon Dog Love Tap (2013) 63, Mornington Peninsula White IPA , Moor Radiance 86, Bridge Road Bar Series Tony Brown Ale , Thunder Road Hop Star Extra Pale Ale , Dainton Red Eye Rye 92
jonno (116) , Japan | May 13, 2011
44 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 8/20
Didnít think much of this. Very pretentious and arty cool. Tap list was poor when I was there and their bottle list is pricey. Needless to say I shared a beer with my mate and headed for the exit.
Jaxmegaherz (1) , Australia | June 11, 2010
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Not a great range of tap beers, but at least they have Erdinger. Bottled selection is fairly large, however, they are often out of stock. A plus was I asked them about a couple of beers that werenít on the menu and they had them, they just havenít updated the menu in a while, so its worth asking one of the bartenders if they have anything they would recommend that isnít included on the menu.
The venue is nice, it gets really loud after 6 though. Nice balconies that are a great place to sit on a nice day.
Service was ok, I was sitting in the back cocktail section and the guys seemed pretty clued in and knowledgeable about beer. However, the service was slow but this was to be expected as they were also making cocktails and I dont hold it against them. The girls around the other side were not so helpful, and brought me a Hefeweizen when I had ordered the Kristall, and a Schofferhoffer when I had asked for a Schneiderweisse....
Foods ok, nothing too fancy and a bit overpriced for what you get. Waiters are a little obnoxious, slow, and unapologetic for mistakes. In their defense they seem a bit understaffed in this area.
nate2g (641) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | August 21, 2009| Updated November 24, 2009
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Upscale bar and restaurant in the heart of Melbourne city. The tap list was ridiculously boring on my visit, which was disappointing, though the beer menu is OK. The first 5 beers I tried ordering off the menu they were out of stock! Poor form but what can you do, I didnít have much of a choice after that. It appears to be mainly international beers and there really wasnít much of a range of local micros available at all. The plus was the staff were enthusiastic and clued up about beer and themselves were disappointed with the short supply of stock. I guess most patrons that enter the establishment would be happy with the Fat Yak on tap. Pretty exy for the beers, and when I came back another day for food they were fully booked. An extremely popular place that constantly busy and if youíre visiting on a weekend definitely book for a table. November 2009 - Still a boring tap list and extremely limited bottled range available. Food is so so and canít say Iím a fan of this place. I found the staff to be bordering obnoxious this time round too. Over hyped and over priced? Well of course.
Thomo (6) Doncaster, Australia | July 31, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Great ambiance, smooth easy going atmosphere. Good service, John seemed to know what he was on about, had a couple of good suggestions Just got in the Epic Pale ale. Big beer, Big place, Big Night!
NoiZe (77) Amersfoort, Netherlands | June 21, 2009
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Nice balcony in the sun. Good and friendly staff! Very helpfull. Even printed out a top 100 list of Ratebeer from Ozzi. Very nice selection of brews. Had some nice ones. International brews too. A must visit!
bluevegie (29) Perth, Australia | April 11, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great range of beers, food looks ok and right in the middle of Melbourne
alagnak (71) Littleton, Colorado | February 5, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Outstanding food/beer in the center of Melbourne. An oasis for the beer lover on a street filled with VB joints. A tad on the pricey side, but worth it. When I was there, there were 5-6 special drafts on offer, including a local belgian farmhouse style (forget the brewery/name...long evening) that was vigorously and accurately described by our bartender.
The food is great, the asian fusion dishes are pretty unique, particularly for a íseriousí beer bar. Visited a few months ago with a colleague from Singapore and they were impressed with the food, which iíve found to be a solidendorsement.
P.S., better ípureí thai food at a couple of hole-in-the-wall places about 1/2 mile up the street, but the food here is well worth it.
TheGrandMaster (105) Auckland, New Zealand | December 15, 2008
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
Entices me to move to Melbourne. A beer menu I want to take home me and cuddle up to in bed. The Thai food is unique and delicious. And the bill comes out in a Little Golden Winnie the Pooh book.
voota (91) Melbourne, Australia | August 6, 2007| Updated August 10, 2007
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Excellent beer bar in central Melbourne, well presented menu with loads of local, NZ and international beers, price range is about on par with trendy(ish) bars in the city. $9 for a pint of the beast was a good deal though imo. The tap range is large, covering a lot of German and Belgian beers... staff, although busy were very friendly and actually started conversation about beers when you order something slightly different. Didnt eat. The crowd is trendy and young. Great layout and music too.
Stew41 (146) Woodend, Australia | April 16, 2007| Updated May 20, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Update (May 2011): this place is not really a beer geek destination anymore. Good, not great, selection, but too many stock-outs and high prices. Service generally on the shot side but ambiance and foos remains very good.
In years gone by this place was probably not worthy of inclusion on the venue guide as a true beer destination. Donít get me wrong - great fit-out and location, itís just that 6 CUB associated beers doesnít really cut the mustard. Well, Iím now pleased to report this place is on the verge of becoming the nationís best beer bar. The drinks strategy has undergone a dramatic change such that they now may have around 200 bottled beers. Not crap stuff, genuinely good gear like Jamiesonís IPA, Rochefort, Chimay, Emersonís, Sinha Stout, La Chouffe etc etc. Pricing is ok, $5 - $6 for basic Oz stuff through to $15 for a Rochefort 10. The only problem is that the íin-stockí levels are very poor; I probably had a 1 in 3 strike rate. Not really good enough but an easy problem to improve. Food is awesome, left field Thai done very well and perhaps the best I have had in Melbourne.
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