nate2g (1290) Boomtown!, Australia | August 21, 2009| Updated November 24, 2009
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 didn’t have much of a choice after that. It appears to be mainly international beers and there really wasn’t 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 you’re 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 can’t say I’m 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.
Atmospheric upper-level bar with a good buzz, even mid-week. A bar with good beer as opposed to a beer bar, but the selection includes some higher end options right next to ordinary macros. As the Cookie Monster would say, "...good enough for me."
Visited July 26, 2013. Upscale sort of pretentious place. Not a beer bar really, had a decent (if nice) selection of bottles, more for booze drinkers I’d say. Not a place I’d go back to when there are so many other craft oriented places around. 2 stories. Decent service. Didn’t eat.
Super weird place that seems like a beer bar, family restaurant, and internet hang out (one of the few in the city) in the middle of Chinatown, color me confused. Despite the weird vibe, best beer draft list in the city behind Local. 20 taps, around a 100 bottles of fresh new NZ beers, Euro and American. Staff was friendly and quick, not a huge beer knowledge but enough to get by. This place is worth a visit in Melbourne, especially if you don’t want to go all the way to Local.
A fairly central location but it took me a while to find the place. Not every bar is visible from the street. It’s on the first floor of Curtin house! A spacious bar and restaurant looking rather like an old warehouse inside. A large tap sealtion but nothing of any real note. Plenty of Aussie ticks though. The bottle list was huge, but again, not much that was particularly inspiring. Great service and working wifi. Rather busy tho on a Thursday night with a rather boisterous younger criowd.... but everywhere I go these days the crowd is young. I suppose that says something about me!
omhper (233) Tyresö, Sweden | August 7, 2005| Updated September 21, 2005
Odd place. I almost turned at the entrance, but it was a good thing I didn’t. They’re fairly well stocked on Australian and NZ micros and part of the staff knows their beer. Maybe not the best beer destination in Melbourne but definitely worth a stop.
mullet (230) Melbourne, Australia | June 28, 2005| Updated April 22, 2007
I take back what I’d previous written about this place. I’d definitely recommend it now, not at the top of the list but it’s up there (and infinitely preferable to its cousin in Fed Square.) Bottled beer list is long with plenty of good choices, but fairly static with no real rarities. The real development has been in the tap range. It’s still mostly crap, but they always seem to have at least something interesting on. For instance, this is the only place to have had The Beast on tap in Melbourne to my knowledge. The other reason to go there is the food - excellent Thai. The space itself is quite good, but it does tend to get packed. Thu, Fri and Sat evenings are way too hectic for me. Usually has good music too.
Stew41 (200) Phuket, Thailand | April 16, 2007| Updated May 20, 2011
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. Don’t get me wrong - great fit-out and location, it’s just that 6 CUB associated beers doesn’t really cut the mustard. Well, I’m now pleased to report this place is on the verge of becoming the nation’s 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 Jamieson’s IPA, Rochefort, Chimay, Emerson’s, 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 ’in-stock’ 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.
Nice vibe in here. But it’s a little hard to tell if it’s a bar a restaurant. We treated it as a bar though. Plenty of stuff on tap to choose from including a cookie colab with bridge road which was pretty cool. Some more mediocre taps but there was always a few shining lights in there. Quite suave sort of place. Service was great. The girl behind the bar knew her stuff and was very friendly too. Definitely worth visiting again
Stopped by here a couple of times over a weekend trip to Melbourne - once when it was packed out and once when quiet. It has a nice vibe either way - but service when busy was very slow. They have a huge venue and need to ensure appropriate staffing at busy times. The beer range was good (but not exceptional given the number of taps on offer) and the Thai food is top notch. All in all worth a visit when in Melbourne but be prepared for a long wait at busy times.