Village Brasserie at Village Melbourne
577 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
BarAmigo’s two pesos – wonderful choice of craft beers with a massive beer garden to drink away the arvo or evening.
When visited – Fri 19 Jan 2013 8.30pm to 11.45pm
If you love your craft beers you’ll love Village Melbourne. Many craft beers rotating on tap and heaps more available by the bottle. Also a kick arse beer garden to enjoy a beer or two.
Village Melbourne is the old Belgian Beer Café. It’s was always a wonderful beer garden so it’s great to see the owners sticking to what it does well. But now it’s not just a great beer garden, it has the terrific range of craft beers to go with it. Certainly catering for that new craft beer market which is becoming more and more popular.
Crowd wise at Village Melbourne don’t expect anything too much different to the crowd turning up to the Belgian Beer Café. It’s generally mid 20s through to mid 30s. It’s your south side, South Yarra type crowd who are happy to spend at least $10 a pop (and even more) on a drink. Well dressed, but nothing over the top. Cause of the beer garden is the nicely dressed but casual look. Thongs and nice shorts work well in the beer garden during the day… and rather kid friendly as well. But it’s Friday night and a cool evening for summer so jeans are the go for guys with t shirts and some shirts. Chicks casually dressed in jeans with the summer dresses around as well.
Drinks wise expect $8.50 for a Hoegaarden (250ml) and $8 for a Stella (330ml). But the craft beers are really where it’s at. Many craft beers on tap. Sorry I can’t actually remember which craft beers I had but expect to pay $10-12 a pop for ranging sizes. You’re not going to believe me but didn’t have the biggest night… its just that I’m getting tardy and late with the reviews. Oh yeah… Village Melbourne are rather wedded to their standard glass sizes and don’t seem to cater for what you’re after. Instead of getting three pints of Hoegaarden we ended up with 6 x 250ml glasses… go figure. For the record, my choice would have been a Pale Ale at that stage of the night but communication after a few drinks isn’t one of my strong points…
Upcoming craft beers late Feb 2013/Mar 2013 at Village Melbourne include Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Red Duck Overland, Thunder Road Festive Ale 2013 and Feral Golden Ale.
Full menu available inside at Village Melbourne with mains generally $23 to $32… Menu looks quite good to go with the craft beers.
Friday night at Village Melbourne is pretty busy. Given the cooler summer night its generally ok to find a table. But if you have a big group might be a struggle. Definitely by 10ish you’d be right to find a spot. The peak hour of after work drinks maybe not.
Overall Village Melbourne is great for your craft beers and to kick back in the beer garden. Expect an upbeat, vibrant, busy atmosphere especially if the sun is out.
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If you liked Village Brassiere for craft beers check out the Local Taphouse.
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