It’s the summer of frosé. Almost every new restaurant or bar opening I’ve been to in the last month has been serving up this pink adult equivalent of an alcoholic slushie. I’m sure it won’t be long until I’ll be embarrassed to be seen drinking frosé but for now its sweet and chilled and really hits the spot.
The new place in town to drink frosé is actually a brewery. Hopscotch Urban Beer Bar has just opened at Southbank – down the end that’s closer to Crown Casino and I was invited to the launch last week. There’s always been a dearth of places around here so it’s good to have a decent bar and food option.
Of course it’s not just frosé, there’s Pimms made properly with lots of fruit and since it is a brewery there are 30 different beers on tap and some interesting craft beers by the bottle as well.
The food on offer is booze friendly. There are deep fried spring rolls filled with cheeseburger ($15) which taste just as delicious and wrong as they sound.
The food ticks every trend box. Think finely minced beef tartare on wasabi rice crackers to give it a bit of kick ($18).
Cauliflower croquettes oozing cheese and topped with a dollop of creamy mayo are perfect for soaking up the alcohol ($12).
There are some more substantial offerings as well like a beer can chicken ($65) with mac and cheese and Brussel sprouts to share. A nitro ice-cream bar to cover off the sweet end of things.
It’s a no bookings sort of place. Perfect for after work drinks with a big group rather than a one on one get together. If Melbourne’s weather gets its act together then I’m sure Hopscotch will be packed with people lured by the frosé but staying for the beer.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Hopscotch Urban Beer Bar.
Details: Hopscotch Urban Beer Bar, 4/2 Riverside Quay, Southbank (Ph 9690 6999). No bookings, walk in only.
Damage: Reasonable. On this occasion I did not pay.