MELBOURNE | Near & Far is the newest craft beer bar/store to open in Fitzroy and in the short time that it’s been open, the bar’s already built up quite the following. It’s owned by Jason Cameron and Mike Hildebrand, who both have experience working in bars in Australia and overseas.
Cameron owns Maverick Imports, and has been importing craft beer from some of the world’s most highly regarded breweries for a few years now. Brands like Cloudwater, Tiny Rebel, Modern Times. There’s 18 taps to choose from, featuring core range, limited, and special beers from local and overseas breweries. It’s a place for lovers of craft beer, but it’s also pretentious – there’s always a few taps dedicated to easily accessible beers.
As well as beer there’s also wine and cocktails, with a wine focus on local, interesting drops. If there’s nothing on tap that suits your fancy, there over 150 beers and wines to choose from in the fridges and walk in cool room, all stored at the correct temperature, to enjoy in the bar or to take home with you.
The long, narrow space features exposed brick walls, green tiles, booths, and leather bar stools. The space looks quite small when you walk in, but as well as the downstairs section there’s two rooms upstairs with comfy furniture and a retro, 1980s feel.
There’s no kitchen on site (what was the kitchen in the former restaurant is now home to the fridges and cool room), but you can order in your own food from any one of the area’s nearby restaurants.
Near & Far
373 Brunswick Street
Tue – Thu: 3:00pm to 11:00pm
Fri: 12:00pm to 1:00am
Sat: 10:30am to 12:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm