Five Boroughs is a New York styled, neighbourhood ‘deli, diner and dive’ in Mt Victoria. With an exterior hording promising ‘ice cold beer’, the Thirsties squeezed into a booth one sunny January to evening partake in a chilled beer or two.
BEER SELECTION: ‘Limited’ would be a charitable description of Five Borough’s beer list which comprises four (four!) beers: one Founders beer on tap (a fact also boldly declared on the side exterior), and three Garage Project beers by the can, although one ran out while we were there. The Jesuit swiftly assessed the Founders 2009 IPA as ‘bloody diabolical’, and declared the Garage Project’s Garagista a thousand times better. Apparently Five Boroughs will be adding more choice soon.
FOOD: American diner fare – burgers, subs and sandwiches, including a version of the ubiquitous Reuben Sandwich.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: Bottomless coffee
SERVICE: Generally friendly albeit a little tardy at times
CLIENTELE: Mt Victoria hipsters and their kids
THIS IS THE TYPE OF PLACE YOU DRINK AT WHEN: you want to eat and don’t care about choice.
FIVE BOROUGHS: a long way from beervana.
HOURS: ‘from early to late’