562 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000
03 9629 1207
Bertha Brown, as the name would suggest, is a newly renovated pub full of personality, and is located at the casino end of Flinders Street. With a unique and stylish retro interior, you would expect a venue this 'on-trend' to be in Fitzroy, but here it is in the once-forgotten corner of the CBD. Since the council removed the ugly old bridge and architects moved in with flash new buildings, this part of the city is one of the last to undergo gentrification. But if Bertha Brown is anything to go by, it could well be a popular spot with the hipsters, or at least a gambler with taste.
The inside has stripped back walls, exposed wooden beams and doorways, a beautiful pressed tin bar, and lots of mismatched tables and big comfy old chairs. Bertha Brown is the exact opposite of what you'd expect from an inner-city bar; you know the clean lines and overuse of metal and glass that give you that cold professional feeling. This place is warm, modest and very comfortable. Great for meeting up with a few friends or for group functions, there is also the expansive back dining area, decorated with piles of old suitcases and quirky recycled artwork that adds to the much surprising homely feel of the place (given its size).
There's a solid selection of Australian wines, with favourites like Scotchmans Hill and Henschke, and a great tap beer selection including Little Creatures, Montieths, James Squire, Boags and Kirin available, which will keep the even the fussiest of amber fans happy.
Din Heagney, May 2010
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