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Bridge Road Brewers' Cardboard Pop-Up Bar

Everything inside the zero-impact venue has been constructed from materials that are either recycled or can be reused or composted.
By Sarah Ward
May 02, 2022
By Sarah Ward
May 02, 2022

Some venues tell you exactly what they're about right there in their name, and Bridge Road Brewers' latest location, A Bar Made of Cardboard, is one of them.

At this short-term spot at East Brunswick Village in Melbourne, the brewery has set up a completely zero-waste bar while working on its second brewery in the same location. Come December this year, it'll be home to a 350-person venue — but, while that's in the works, A Bar Made of Cardboard can welcome in 60 beer lovers inside and out.

Cardboard features everywhere. It has been fashioned into tables, chairs shelves, signs and light fittings. In fact, the only things that aren't made of cardboard are the beer taps, fridges and dishwasher, for obvious (and soggy) reasons.

Thanks to all that cardboard, the venue is entirely constructed from materials that are either recycled themselves — the cardboard is made up of at least 75-percent recycled material, in fact — or can be reused, recycled or composted.

The pop-up is now open, operating from 4pm–late Wednesday–Friday and 12pm–late Saturday–Sunday. Bridge Road Brewers' full range of core and seasonal beers will rotate through the bar's six bar taps, and there's also a wine list that heroes small wine producers from throughout Victoria's High Country. And, an onsite bottle shop will be selling all of the above, plus Victorian spirits as well. Snacks-wise, Chappy's Chips and Mount Zero Olives feature on the menu, plus there'll be food trucks serving up meals on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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