December 9, 2011 [ Updated December 13, 2011 ]
Just opened a week ago. A bit early to rate meaningfully, but initial indications are very positive. Not open for lunch. Opens at 5. Decent selection of bottled craft beers and 8 taps. Upscale pub food. Open kitchen. Very busy!
A neat little bar with an odd, but comfortable with nooks and crannies. Although not as beer centric a s they claim staff tries and they do offer one off beers and events. They have a flight that is reasonably priced. Although not too exciting now, they are trying and I will give them the opportunity. A nice stop in a bus fun area.
Stopped in on a Wednesday night. Completely dead. Not in an "oh, there’s not that many people here" sort of way...as in there was literally no one here except for one employee who was sitting at the bar reading a newspaper.
Cool, modern vibe to the place. Very, very dark though. Sort of a small horseshoe shaped bar and a number of tables around the perimeter of the space. Kind of a cool illuminated glass backing to the bar where you can see the bottles and kegs.
Selection is certainly dominated by local beers, but they have a decent enough variety. They also do flights here, but I just opted for the Four Winds IPA (a bit of a mistake in retrospect). They also serve food, but it’s more of snack sort of stuff, which wasn’t what we wanted.
I’d like to give this place a higher rating, but the experience was a bit depressing.
Bitter claims to have "scoured the province & the globe for interesting, unique and favourite beers". Despite this claim the beer selection was fairly lacklustre, more along the lines of "the usual fare". The draught beers were served in shaker glasses despite their claim of "proper glassware". The food was alright - typical pub fare, mostly pre-made and assembled to order rather than being cooked on demand.
On the positive side, the service was excellent and the staff were pretty knowledgable about their beers. The ambience is decent, with the beers on display in glass fridges behind the bar.
Their beer list and menu in the room bore very little resemblance to the one they post online.
nate2g (1290) Boomtown!, Australia | October 5, 2013| Updated October 6, 2013
Stayed not far away so made a couple of visits. A nicely layed out bar with large fridges lining the side wall full of bottles. The bartender was great, chatty and recommended beery stuff to do around town. Not sure how often the taps change but was hoping to see some new stuff a few days later but not to be. Minor quibble though, worth a look in for sure.
Wow - a damn cool space in the middle of a not so cool stretch of Hastings. Flights appear to be well-constructed, the bottles are all in coolers and the servers are quite knowledgeable. Food is simple but designed to pair well with beer. Excellent and attentive service as well - which is always a pleasant surprise. I like that it’s short - they’re not trying to do too much. A few classics and a few interesting taps as well. Yup - not a whole lot to complain about.