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According to venue manager EJ Lizier, Belgian Beer Cafe Melbourne is focused on providing a venue for the whole community.

Located in the heart of Southbank at the doorstep to Eureka Tower, the new pub’s warm and welcoming atmosphere has seen it quickly become a place for locals and “regulars”.

Since opening its doors last year, Mr Lizier said owner Michael Burke and his team had revitalised the venue by placing a strong emphasis on community.

“The business that was here before was struggling (shall we say) because they weren’t focused enough on what the market really wanted,” he said.

“Southbank is growing so much and we really want to particularly focus on the residents in the area.”

The Belgian Beer Cafe’s cozy environment is characterised by its classic European-style bar, which opens out on to an expansive restaurant floor and outdoor terrace.

While appealing strongly to local residents, Mr Lizier said the bar’s extensive beer menu, featuring Belgian and international beers as well as local craft beers, had attracted visitors from everywhere.

“We get a lot of different customers in here – not only local residents but a lot of beer nerds as well,” he said.  

“We’ve got one of the largest selections of tap beers and bottled beer in Melbourne if not in the country I would say.”

“We’ve got a set of rotating taps there in the middle where we only get a keg or two of anything at any given time and we just rotate them through so people can try everything.”

Marrying up to its wide range of amber fluids, the Belgian Beer Cafe also offers a delicious modern Australian menu integrated with a number of Belgian specialties, including its renowned mussels in four flavours.

The venue also boasts a large upstairs function room, which according to Mr Lizier is constantly being booked out for everything from business functions to Christmas parties.

With the business continuing to go from strength to strength in the area, he said the success was partly due to the constantly-evolving nature of Southbank.

“It’s just so vibrant around here at the moment. I was born and bred in Melbourne and thinking about what Southbank was before – going from absolutely nothing – is just incredible,” he said.

“Going across the river from the CBD meant nothing before, and now they’ve got this whole area here where you can do your shopping, where you can eat, stroll around and enjoy the sun and work and live as well.”

Belgian Beer Cafe Melbourne is located at 5 Riverside Quay, Southbank.

For more information visit www.belgianbeercafemelbourne.com.au

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