A few weeks back I found myself at Melbourne’s Hi-Fi Bar, waiting for Architecture in Helsinki to take to the stage.
The first thing I noticed behind the bar was the beer selection – the glass fronted fridge was packed to the top with Melbourne Bitter. For those who don’t know, for most people Melbourne Bitter is a cheap bottom rung beer that tastes worse than cat piss, but there are some people out there who think it is drinkable.
The first and only time I’ve drunk Melbourne Bitter was during uni O-Week back in 2005, when they were giving it away for free. Strangely enough said drinking session was before a different Architecture in Helsinki gig – how is that for coincidence?
Meanwhile back at the Hi-Fi Bar, the Melbourne Bitter isn’t free but $6.50 a can. As the cheapest drink at the bar it was still walking out of the door, but if you wanted something more drinkable, a stubby of Mountain Goat or Coopers Pale would set you back around $9.00.
I’m not sure what market the Hi-Fi Bar is going for with their beer selection – I’m blaming hipsters trying to be ironic. Whoever they are, the floor still ends up beer soaked by the end of the night.