Photography by Amy Weavell
Nestled between ACMI and the NGV at the iconic Federation Square, Beer DeLuxe is the perfect pitstop for a quick craft beer from the tap, or a feast with friends between laughs this Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The relaxed yet vibrant courtyard setting always has something flavourful going on, be it sporty celebration, cultural play or their own local DJ. Of course, behind the bar is where the real fun begins. Perhaps it’s a tap takeover that will delight your taste buds (currently featuring Hop Nation’s Juice Me Up Scotty pale ale from New England, with aromas of lemon peel and ripe papaya), something from their share plate or their specialty – food and beer pairing.
Much more than just a bar, Beer DeLuxe surprises you with its myriad of offerings, such as the burger bar upstairs, the beer salon and the cafe and dining area – complete with an extensive and delicious fare. Serving up classic pub food with a modern twist, everyone is taken care of.
Internationally inspired dishes like the tuna poke bowl, which present a texture as equally enticing as the taste, melt in your mouth. There’s very little as satisfying as a good, audible crunch – it’s definitely up there in the list of life’s small but mighty pleasures. The perfectly crisp prawn crackers in this dish are just the right contrast to the succulent tuna. Combine this with the sweetness of red rice while the ginger keeps it all light and refreshing.
If you’re looking for a healthy grounding option, the beautifully roasted butternut squash salad is for you. Squash is tumbled through quinoa, lentils, pomegranates, flaked almonds and lifted with refreshing coriander. It’s also served with a divine dollop of yoghurt and an excellent vegan choice upon request, which the staff are more than happy to accommodate to.
Beer DeLuxe sure has the bases covered to say the least. If it’s a quick snack, lunch with friends, knock-off beers, or a night out on the town, you’re bound to have a fun and tasty time.