Is an awesome place for an afternoon drink but even better on Sunday when the sun is shining and the band is playing. Beer is fresh but expensive. A session here can hurt the wallet for what is on offer but it is a great venue for a summer session.
My favourite of the Belgian Beers Cafes I’ve seen in Australia. Nice big grassy area to lounge about in the sun. A fair range of Belgian beers on offer, however, not too many rarities. Cool photo opportunities outside of the Institute for the Blind next door. Perfect for a Sunday session.
Nice looking bar, staff are reasonably friendly (happy to have a chat if it’s not too busy) and know a thing or two about the beers (eg, know to warn newcomers about lambics etc). Good range of Belgian beers. A bit pricey, matches the up-market feel they are trying for.
How the staff know what they’re doing is a credit to the bar. If I had time to stay longer, I would have. On tap the beer is FRESH! Food is not quite as smart as the beer, but, this is only secondary!
Well priced, great way to finish off the week.
BBC is exactly what it is! Great ambiance, located across the street from a local college, has the perfect sized festive garden w/ varied seating (stage, standing tables, picnic tables, gazebo, etc...) and a full sized cafe. 5 beers on tap inside & outside (Hoegaarden, Stella A, Belle Vue, Kriek, Leffe B). Outside bar has16 or so bottles of Belgians incl several Chimays (very expensive!) & very close to 50 to choose from on the cafe menu. The food was hit or miss, my choices were poor & overpriced, my fellow’s were great & overpriced. Steak was disappointing. The servers young; it appears to be kind of an uppety place. IN ALL - quite expensive but great selection & style - perfect outdoor ambiance! worth the visit - DO IT!!!
...well, it was decent inside nice atmosphere, didn’t check out the beer garden, or eat the food. Bartenders acted like they knew about beer, but didn’t. Decent selection on tap(only 2 hefes, but better than none), more bottled, but the bottled was outrageously priced. They did have the right glass for my erdinger though even though, despite the fact I didn’t order a pint, so that’s a plus.
Ok, first off it will be blindingly obvious to any visitor to this place, particularly on a Sunday arvo, that the owners have a cracking business model. Nice bluestone indoor building and expansive grounds that are kid friendly and make for a pleasant afternoon on a sunny day.brbr
In the beer geek context I will have to begrudgingly admit this isn’t the worst place in Melbourne to have a decent beer. Probably 50 – 60 beers by the bottle around 6 – 8 on tap. The latter range is fairly mundane, being In-Bev, but what will be of interest is the Leffe Rossa, a beer I am not really familiar with. To my knowledge not officially part of the Leffe range, but is very similar in style to the Brune (or at least to my palate). Pricing is not great for the bottled gear, probably about 100% mark-up on competitive retail pricing. $9 to $12 will get you Orval, Chimay range etc. Nothing too crazy on the list, although I did spy a Saison from De Silly which I haven’t seen on Melbourne retail shelves. A good compromise if you are looking to have a beer with your Stella swigging mates.
voota (91) Melbourne, Australia | October 20, 2007
Very busy on a saturday afternoon as the weather gets warmer. Standard inbev fare on tap, bottled selection is a bit better, with the chuoffe beers at $19 a bottle, and most of the Trappist beers represented... Never eaten there, but it looked pretty decent.
Sunday sessions in the sun drinking the best beer available, what more needs to be said!?!?!
Sully (14) Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia | December 20, 2005
A lovely old building that has a great deal of charm. There are a few negatives in that the range of beers is quite small even for this Belgian beer family. The food and service is a little pedestrian but overall it is indeed a good place to spend lots of money on accessible Balgian beers.