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Published November 4th 2014
Be charmed by craft beers, pizza and steaks in Southbank
My friends wanted to meet up on Southbank and suggested The Charming Squire as a great place to stop in for a beer and have a chat before we headed out for dinner. I hadn't heard of it before and when I looked for it on my map, I realised that it now occupied a section of Southbank which had previously seemed to be under never-ending construction at the mouth of the Convention Centre carparks.
The Charming Squire - Photo Courtesy of James Squire Brewery
The bar and eatery is a working James Squire brewery and you can view the brewing process above the main bar where a row of wooden kegs gleam. The 'craft beer' range is all on tap in the venue so you can sample multiple beers in half pints or pick your favourite drop and have a pint. We sat outside on the long tables and bar seats while we drank our beers and watched the crowds inside the venue and the passersby on the street. It was a hot night so we were glad to be out in the breeze while we chatted.
The food menu looked delicious with share plates, steaks, pizzas, seafood and lots more to choose from and those who were eating seemed to be enjoying the fare. While we didn't eat here, I would definitely come back again to sample some of the offerings matched with a Squires beer.
There was a musician playing inside the main portion of the bar but it was a little loud for our liking as we were more interested in talking than shouting over the top of the music. Outside, it was still a little too loud but I assume that they don't always have the same musician nor high decibel levels - I'll be interested to see if this has changed when we go back again.
All in all, it was a nice experience with helpful staff and great beers to choose from. This is very reminiscent of the Little Creatures Dining Hall we went to in Melbourne recently although it is missing a little of the rustic charm which we loved when we visited down south. The Charming Squire is definitely more modern and is light, bright and airy with it's tall ceilings and additional half-level up above which looks down to the bar below. Great for a beginning to your evening or a stopping place for the beer aficionados.