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Nice Guys Brewery and Bar

A retrofuturistic brew bar with 25 taps and a leafy, heated beer garden.
By Libby Curran and Julia Sansone
April 14, 2021
By Libby Curran and Julia Sansone
April 14, 2021

Charming Richmond brewery and bar Nice Guys boasts a strong sustainability focus, as well as a retrofuturistic fitout that pays homage to the gritty end of Victoria Street. Here, the brewery itself is open to the public, so punters can enjoy a close glimpse of the large steel tanks where the magic is made — and that supply the 25-strong tap list with signature creations like the Kiwi lager made with New Zealand barley malt and a bright mango-forward NEIPA.

Core brews like an American pale ale also sit alongside seasonal specials like a sweet, full-bodied vanilla porter. You'll also find non-beer delights on offer, like Victorian wines, classic cocktails and craft cider, all served on tap in an effort to minimise wastage.

The space is both comfy and community-driven, with artists commissioned to fill the venue with locally-made furniture, handmade macrame and custom lamp shades. Cantilever chairs, swivel stools and velvet couches help lend the feel of a vintage furniture bazaar — and, out front, the dog-friendly beer garden zone is filled with lush indoor plants and a central fireplace to keep things cosy during the cooler months.

Soon to round out the fun will be Nice Guys' new kitchen, serving a rotating menu of bao, buns and American barbecue.

Images: Julia Sansone

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