When Slowbeer closed its Bridge Road Richmond doors in 2018, it could have been the end of an era. Instead, Slowbeer has focussed all its attention on the Smith Street branch, which opened in 2016. Whereas Richmond was a tiny one room beer cafe, Fitzroy is a little bit more varied. It’s still a bottle shop at its heart, with a big table downstairs and 360-degrees of beer fridges and shelves. Expect a combination of super fresh locals – check their instagram for regular updates on beers like Hop Nation’s Jedi Juice IPA hitting shelves sometimes within a few hours of being canned – and big ticket internationals. Goose Island’s Bourbon County stout is a 14 per center from Chicago with a cult following and Slowbeer has been lucky enough to sling it – one per person, of course – on its yearly release. They also added a pool table upstairs and the option for venue hire.