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There are days when you really CBFed with the whole table dining thing and all you want is a burger and a beer. Sure, you can get both things in every pub in the city but it goes without saying that finding a good burger amongst a sea of mediocrity is as hard as coming first at Mitre Tavern’s weekly trivia night. Enter Beer Deluxe, the not-so-new (but definitely not an oldie) beer barn that’s taken city workers by storm. Well, okay, maybe not all city workers but certainly myself, Adam and my work crew and their partners.
It is first and foremost, a bar with ample space and a beer list that is as long as our federal constitution. It also serves food, but I wouldn’t know what the grub’s like because I’ve only ever eaten at Beer Deluxe’s burger bar which is right next door to the ACMI and completely outdoors.
Although the burger bar doesn’t serve as many beers as Beer Deluxe proper, there is enough non-Foster’s Group beer to keep beer snobs happy. From strong, bold, chocolaty Belgian beers to crispy apple ciders to wheat beers, there is plenty for everyone. On a gluten-free or low-carb diet? Stay away from the food and get a bottle of Hitachino Nest White Ale ($11 for a 330ml bottle), a Belgian-style white beer from Japan which has a strange herb-y taste and takes a lot to get used to – but at least you don’t get the awful bloat-y feeling that normally comes with downing a ‘normal’ beer.
The chips here are pretty good and at $6.50, why not?
The burgers here are also given the thumbs up. The plain ones come with lettuce and tomato sauce and start at $6.50. What more? Keep adding (cheese, egg, bacon, an extra pattie, whatever) until you’re happy with what you’ve got. Alternatively, the lot is $9 while a burger deluxe (double pattie with lettuce, bacon, onion, and cheese) is a steal at $11.50 as it also comes with chips on the side. Too tight to pay $11.50? Come on Thursday evenings and get the burger deluxe and a glass of draught beer for only $9.50. What a steal! Cheap Eats writers, I hope you’re reading this…
Okay, so this ain’t Andrew’s Burgers and the patrons at this bar are sadly, not size six female beach volleyball players in skimpy outfits but CUBs who swear a lot but whatever, the bartenders are friendly, the service is speedy and the burgers are delicious.