The Little Beer Quarter, or LBQ, is a self proclaimed ‘beer geek haven’, owned by four beer-loving women. As a fellow blogger thundered when LBQ first opened, ‘take THAT, gender stereotypes’. Indeed.
BEER SELECTION: LBQ offers 2 handpulls, 14 rotating taps and over 100 beers in the fridge that cover much of the craft beer spectrum, from ‘windswept and interesting’ to ‘fireside beers’, although The Jesuit observed that the selection was perhaps somewhat less ‘exotic’ or ‘off the wall’ than some of their geekier competitors. Their website provides an extensive and helpful list of their offerings.
For the Thirsties, the beer of the night was Yeastie Boys’ White Noise from the handpull – a gentle beer for an equally gentle summer evening.
FOOD: Snacks, bigger snacks and mains including a range of pizzas and burgers, which are served on the buns of the moment, brioche, and with beers to match if desired. LBQ also offers all-manner-of-things battered with beer, including Panhead Port Road Pilsner battered onion rings. The beer battered chips are truly fantastic. Yum.
AMBIANCE: Pleasantly Bohemian
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: Themed bartenders. On the night we visited bedraggled surfer boy chic was the go. Alas, we missed Double Denim night. Sorry, they didn’t stay still long enough for a photo.
CLIENTELE: Very mixed, from suave older suits and office girls drinking glasses of rosé, to care freee, twenty-something couples. Its the sort of place for the young and the restless.
THIS IS THE TYPE OF PLACE YOU DRINK AT WHEN: you’re on a date (a good one, not a bad one). Although, The Little One was disappointed to see that the ‘kissing couch’ had disappeared. Alas, no confessions followed.
LBQ: an enclave of urban sophistication amidst the office blocks of Manners and Victoria Streets.
HOURS: Monday – 3:30pm til late, Tuesday – Saturday – 12 noon til late, Sunday – 3pm til late