Flight Bar & Bottleshop

Name
Flight Bar & Bottleshop
Address

8 Centreway Arcade
Bendigo
VIC 3550

Website
Hours

Mon to Sat: midday to 8pm

If someone told you a few years ago that Bendigo’s Centreway Arcade would one day be a hub of craft beer activity, nobody would blame your scepticism.

In a way, Flight Bar & Bottleshop’s location in the heart of the regional city’s CBD does make a perfect spot for a craft beer venue. Yet, it’s also true that babywear stores and hairdresser salons aren’t typically neighbours of bars.

Maybe it’s a sign of how quickly Bendigo is embracing craft beer that locals can expect to find it in all kinds of places. But, without the passion of some of those locals that have long been advocates, craft beer wouldn’t nearly be as prominent as it is in Bendigo today. 

The two advocates behind Flight Bar & Bottleshop are Justin McPhail and Nick Horgan, both of whom discerning drinkers in Bendigo are likely to know already. Alongside Trev Birks, Justin was one of the founders of Bendigo Beer, which is how he got to know Nick. 

The pair has also spent plenty of time on both sides of the bar in a number of Bendigo’s craft beer venues. It was while working at one of those venues – the city’s iconic Goldmines Hotel – that Justin and Nick started to hatch the plan for their ideal beer project. 

It may have taken a little longer to come to fruition than they might have intended (Nick moved to the UK and picked up a Cicerone qualification while working for BrewDog along the way), but by the end of 2016 Flight Bar opened its doors. Described by the owners as a “collection of their biggest vices”, it’s focused on craft beer, local wine, fried chicken and coffee. 

Operating out of a former deli, Justin and Nick have transformed the space into a beer bottle-lined bar and Southern fried chicken joint that shows how good plans are often the simplest.   The wooden shelves and benches were all built by Nick and make the space feel more like it’s located in a hidden laneway than a shopping plaza. 

When it comes to beer, Flight Bar’s list is well considered and offers plenty of choice for even Bendigo’s most seasoned craft beer drinkers. A lot of space is given to beers that don’t often make it to Bendigo, despite calling the same state home. Beers by Dainton, Blackman’s and Rogue Wave line the shelves and, while international beers and those from other states do make an appearance, primacy is always given to whatever can make it to the store as fresh as possible.

All the fried chicken is made to order and coated in house made rubs – once a desired heat level has been chosen by the customer. Like the beer itself, those rubs, along with various hot sauces are all made by Justin and Nick, and are available to take home.

But, with good house made food on offer and a quality selection of craft beer to wash it all down, few would be likely to leave too quickly. As the sign out the front suggests, drinkers should make sure they “come for the beer, stay for the chicken.”

Or, perhaps, as the sign out the back reads: “Come for the chicken, stay for the beer.”

Either way, you’re going to leave merrier than when you walked in.

Will Ziebell

Regularly featured brewers

Balter Brewing Balter Brewing

Balter Brewing

14 Traders Way
Currumbin
QLD 4220

BentSpoke Brewing Co BentSpoke Brewing Co

BentSpoke Brewing Co

38 Mort Street
Braddon
ACT 2612

Black Dog Brewery Black Dog Brewery

Black Dog Brewery

339 Booth Road
Taminick
VIC 3675

Blackman's Brewery Blackman's Brewery

Blackman's Brewery

26 Bell Street
Torquay
VIC 3228

Boatrocker Brewery Boatrocker Brewery

Boatrocker Brewery

51 Macbeth Street
Braeside
VIC 3195

Bodriggy Brewing Bodriggy Brewing

Bodriggy Brewing

245 Johnston St Abbotsford VIC 3067

Bridge Road Brewers Bridge Road Brewers

Bridge Road Brewers

Old Coach House
Ford Street
Beechworth VIC 3747

Brookes Brewery Brookes Brewery

Brookes Brewery

4 McDowalls Rd
East Bendigo
VIC 3550

Dainton Family Brewery Dainton Family Brewery

Dainton Family Brewery

560 Frankston Dandenong Rd
Carrum Downs
VIC 3201

Fox Hat Brewing Fox Hat Brewing

Fox Hat Brewing

PO Box 270
McLaren Vale
SA 5171

Hawkers Beer Hawkers Beer

Hawkers Beer

167 Henty Street
Reservoir
VIC 3073

Holgate Brewhouse Holgate Brewhouse

Holgate Brewhouse

79 High Street
Woodend
VIC 3442

KAIJU! Beer KAIJU! Beer

KAIJU! Beer

10 Superior Drive
Dandenong South
VIC 3175

Modus Operandi Modus Operandi

Modus Operandi

14 Harkeith Street
Mona Vale
NSW 2103

Moon Dog Moon Dog

Moon Dog

17 Duke Street
Abbotsford
VIC 3067

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Mornington Peninsula Brewery

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

72 Watt Road
Mornington
VIC 3931

Pirate Life Pirate Life

Pirate Life

89 South Road
Hindmarsh
SA 5007

Prickly Moses Prickly Moses

Prickly Moses

10 Hoveys Road
Barongarook
VIC 3429

Rogue Wave at Aireys Pub Rogue Wave at Aireys Pub

Rogue Wave at Aireys Pub

425 Great Ocean Road
Aireys Inlet
VIC 3231

Temple Temple

Temple

122 Weston Street
East Brunswick
VIC 3057

Tooborac Hotel & Brewery Tooborac Hotel & Brewery

Tooborac Hotel & Brewery

5115 Northern Highway
Tooborac
Victoria 3522

Two Birds Brewing Two Birds Brewing

Two Birds Brewing

136 Hall Street
Spotswood
VIC 3015

Venom Brewing Venom Brewing

Venom Brewing

18 High Street
Yea
VIC 3717

Hit enter to search or ESC to close