Over in Hawthorn there’s a haven for hopheads who like the calm of a cafe over the sometimes pugilistic attitudes of a pub, a place where like minds can meet and greet over great pizza and fine craft beer. A passion project if ever we saw one, Amber has been renovated from the ground behind an old brickwalled shopfront along Burwood Road, close to the intersection with auburn Road and station. Behind a bar bristling with an ever-changing array of microbrews – both local, international and brewed on site – are a knowledgeable staff happy to offer dram for a taste and advice on the best bet for your evening. It’s going to be a hit with discerning students from nearby Swinburne University of Technology and, you do the math, those who like the finer beers in life from all over Melbourne.
Relaxed. Unpretentious. Surprised us with live entertainment , good variety of food options on menu. Could have a broader wine selection but what was ordered was good.