Review: Saccharomyces Beer Cafe, Fish Lane (Brisbane, Australia)

Saccharomyces Beer Cafe was one of the many interesting-looking places along Fish Lane, an arts precinct that brings together culture, entertainment, and food and drink. The entire stretch was decorated with Christmas ornaments hanging from above and beautiful murals along the walls. There was such a festive and hip vibe going on here.

My husband and I were looking for a cafe to while away some time and grab a small bite at, and we eventually decided on this cafe because the menu options and prices matched what we were looking for. Glad we gave it a shot!

Street view of Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Street view of Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

A black and white mural on one of the walls along Fish Lane
One of the murals along Fish Lane

What caught my eye as we entered the cafe was the many colourful posters and beer labels plastered all over the walls, which looked really cool. I loved the incorporation of bricks in the cafe’s design. Bricks tend to invoke in me a homey, down-to-earth feeling, like sitting with loved ones around a warm fireplace. The added greenery in the space was a nice touch too. My husband immediately gravitated toward the row of pinball machines at the corner, and it only cost a dollar for each game!

Entrance to Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Saccharomyces Beer Cafe's bar

Seating area in Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

Three different old-school pinball machines at Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

For our mid-afternoon snack, we ordered a burger to share. Sides were a separate add-on, so we skipped out on that to save space for dinner later. The staff member who served us was super chill and approachable (: I asked him a few questions about the menu options and even though I took quite a long time to decide what to order, he was really nice about it instead of giving off the hurry-up-you’re-wasting-my-time vibe. Appreciated that!

My verdict on the burger was that it was good enough, not insanely delicious, but sufficiently yummy for it to be a pleasant experience. The patty looked like it was cooked medium rare (except for one small chunk that was just rare), which made it nice and juicy. It was well-seasoned too, the sauce on top adding to the flavourfulness of it. One thing I would’ve preferred is to have fresh vegetables included in this dish, maybe some lettuce, tomato or rocket.

A cheeseburger at Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

My overall rating of the experience: 4 out of 5 stars. I was really digging the hipster vibe of the cafe and the stretch of street it was on. Walking up to the cafe on Fish Lane was already a treat in itself. The interior decor was fun and eccentric, food and prices were also pretty decent, although I thought the food could be improved on a little more. Awesome staff and service here too, thank you for accommodating my momentary indecisiveness. All in all, this was a funky place to hang out at and I would’ve come back to experience the gorgeous lights and nightlife here if it weren’t for our evening flight home!

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