Australia > Melbourne
highlandlad (44) Blue Mountains, Australia | June 12, 2006
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
This is the kind of place Iíd hate if it didnít have such a bloody great beer selection. First the good stuff: itís in Federation Square, so itís highly accessible for out-of-towners staying in the city. The beer range is amazing for a visiting New South Welshman - around 100 bottled beers numbered and displayed above the bar, including many Vic micros and Belgians. The bar grub downstairs is good for a quick lunch, and inexpensive. The Saturday lunchtime when I visited, they had Red Hill Weizenbock and Matilda Bay Sticklers Best Bitter on tap. Which leads into the bad stuff: the rest of the taps were the usual macro crap; the bar staff were all wearing red Bud T-shirts for a World Cup promotion; they wouldnít give me a pot of Sticklers Best because... well... I donít know and nor did the barmaid. They just donít serve pots of that beer - you have to buy a pint. The bar itself is a brutal modernist mish-mash of concrete slab tables and stainless steel. Itís about as warm and inviting as the staff. It was quiet at lunchtime, but when we returned a few hours later for a pre-dinner drink, there were crowds, bouncers and doof-doof music, so we went somewhere else. Despite all the negatives, the beer selection is good enough to make it a must-visit in my book - just pick your moment. Iíd put up with the crap for another pint of the Red Hill Weizenbock.
Danev76 (29) , Australia | August 7, 2014
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
melgibson (9) , | January 29, 2012
8 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 1/20
worst place in melbourne unless you are incredibly loose and looking for a root
beerophile12 (10) | August 19, 2010
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Oh the horror! Have only been a couple of times but always wonder why i bother. Now that beerdeluxe have stepped up their game there really isnt any point. Range is decent but service is terrible & prices are ridiculous. Like i said, do yourself a favor & just go to beerdeluxe instead.
ndon (52) London, England | June 15, 2010
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 8/20
Every time I have been here it has been pretty busy, with a good atmosphere. Bottle selection seems impressive, but is mostly your average stock beers. tap beers unimpressive.
nate2g (606) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | August 21, 2009
34 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
The beer range on tap and in bottles is boring and overpriced. Sure enough itís a great location for passer-byís but not worthy a visit for the beer enthusiast. Aimed for the tourist dollars, and after reading the reviews below perhaps the place has fallen done hill at a rapid pace the last few years.
UnholyBrewing (26) Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida | August 21, 2008
16 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 3/20
...idiotically overpriced, including the food. A decent selection, but way too pricey. I think they did away with the beer wheel, which ws the only good part about this place. If you want to get violated, and pay $15 for a bottle of Weihenstepahner, then go ahead. Otherwise, no point unless you donít care about money.
voota (91) Melbourne, Australia | October 15, 2007
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
I donít come here often, and when I do itís never for long due to the ridiculous prices. At times itís sleazy, other times its quiet, sometimes its pretentious... A mixed bag of not very goodness. The beers are pretty good, usually have something pretty solid on tap, and a decent bottled selection. Though, if youíre serious about beer, there are better places to go in Melbourne. Sometimes they have a $5 special where you can find a decent micro, or some european trash depending on whats going out of date.
kbrower (3) | May 3, 2007
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
They have a great selection, but everything is way to expensive. Try Cookie instead.
MattKerr (4) , Australia | January 10, 2007
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Incredible range of beer, rather expensive through. Great location, always busy, always skirt to chase!!!!
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