nate2g (1290) Boomtown!, Australia | August 21, 2009| Updated July 13, 2015
The beer taps have improved over the years here. It’s centrally located in Federation Square so it’s easy to stop by throughout the day and grab a beer. There’s an extensive bottle selection in the fridge although I always stick with the taps. Daily food and beer deals available but check the menu. Of course, given it’s location it does gets mad busy during peak hours but always worth a look at least for a swift one.
Really enjoyed this place even more than the Sydney location. Centrally located right next to Flinders Street Station, this is a modern, chic bar with a very good beer selection. We went there during Melbourne Good Beer Week and they had set paddles of 4 for $12 available or custom ones for $16. Service was super friendly and helpful. In my opinion, this place should rank higher in the list of top Melbourne bars. Recommended.
A pleasant surprise in Federation Square. Given the tourist-friendly location and mainstream corporate feel, the tap and bottle selection were great. Both local and fun international beers, with lots of depth and breadth. Local brews we didn't see anywhere else in town. Local Berliner weisse, FEX, and more. Solid place to visit for a beer, and the cinema museum next door is worth a poke too--it's free.
gnoff (708) Göteborg, Sweden | August 25, 2013| Updated August 26, 2013
Visited first time on July 25, 2013. Also returned on July 30. Pretty much on Federation square, shouldn’t be that hard to find. Some seating indoors on ground level, upstairs was closed first time I visited and had a separate function second time I was there. Plenty of outdoors seating. 14-15 taps and plenty of bottles. No WiFi. Those I spoke to had good knowledge of the beers. No tasting paddles available. If you downloaded their app and checked in you got a free beer, sweet! Not the cheapest place, but nice, good selection, good service, and very centrally located. Also, no damn poker machines, well at least none I noticed. On my second visit had a much bgger crowd, more people ordering at the bar and was ratehr noisy.
In Federation square, so its busy and touristy. I waited 20 minutes with 6 people ahead of me to just get a beer. 6 beers on tap, 15 ish bottles, common stuff you can you can get anywhere, but pay double here. Cool area to be in, just not worth paying to get a decent beer here.
A good sized, modern looking Beer Bar close to Flinders Street station. There is a great selection of mainly Aussie brews on tap and a very respectable bottle selection too. There is plenty of space indoors and a huge patio area outside. Wifi sucks but there is free wifi from Federation Square. Tasting paddles are available for 16 Dollars. Decent food. Good service. Way too cold indoors during the winter though. Bring a big coat!
Visited in 4th of July week, selection was mostly American beers, but I was keen to drink local. Place was almost empty, missing ambiance or vibe, didn’t try the food. They serve puddles of four (but not of all, somehow refused to pour on the taps in a puddle). Overall disappointed.
I’m with the GrandMaster. A decent number of beers but massively overpriced and nothing you can’t easily find elsewhere. Tap beer range is pretty ordinary, not much love for the locals at all. A ’civilised’ place for a beer but not much character. You’d think a place with the word beer in the name would make more of an effort. You might as well just walk down to Transport - that’s saying something.
Cool place to grab a beer and chill out from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nice location at the top of Fed Square. Not a massive selection but there isn’t much room for anything else as it’s a small spot. Nice to see beer on tap and bottles. Good to see they support a lot of the local craft. Don’t come expecting much imported stuff. If you’re after a solid local and have some time to kill, then this would be a cool place to come