Doris and Beryl’s Bridge Club & Tea House
Almost all the paraphernalia that adorns the walls and floor-to-ceiling shelves at this hole-in-the-wall craft beer and cocktail bar come from the home of its founder, Aaron Edwards. Here, a delicately illustrated British cake tin. There, a deck of cards, an Ian Irvine paperback and a floral teacup.
From the guy behind beer hub Bitter Phew and Euro wine bar Creek & Cella, a personal touch and exacting eye for detail is to be expected. Salvaged timber, reclaimed from the demolition of the monorail, has been carved into snug booths and zen little Japanese-style tables. It’s a place to while away an afternoon with an iced hibiscus, jasmine and lemon myrtle tea from Byron Bay’s Mayde Tea.
And when the sun slips behind the terraces, why not spike it? Easily done. There are 20 gins on hand, including Poor Toms, Archie Rose and Dobson’s Distillery. Otherwise, there’s a tea-driven cocktail menu compiled for the season; biodynamic and natural wines; Rodenbach beer on tap; and an exceedingly well-stocked beer fridge containing tinnies from the likes of Rocks Brewing Co. and Mornington Peninsula Brewery.
If you’re hungry, just pop across the road and bring back anything you fancy.