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February 26, 2009

The review: Billabong Bar

Here is a link to my review of Billabong Bar, the new Australian-themed pub in Federal Hill.

I'm going to try and get a photo on my way to work, so I can show you what it looks like.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:07 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Billabong shows promise. Sam, I bet you hit the nail on the head, stating the upstairs was closed for renovation. If I remember correctly, Turner's bar upstairs did not have plumbing. They will probally keep it closed until they complete some basic renovations.


Just FYI. Foster's is about as Australian as apple pie these days.

It is brewed and distributed by MolsonCoors and is considered a Canadian brew by most (save for marketing).

For some more authentic Aussie brews: Cooper's, Boag's Lager (Tasmanian), Toohey's New, Toohey's Old and of course XXXX and Victoria Bitter (cant get in the 'States :()

I haven't had a chance to hit Jorbie's place yet but Ill bet it's going to be great (and full of yobbos :)).


Upstairs is being gutted and will probably not be open for a while. The bathrooms are being torn out and replaced and the space is being rearranged as it was set up previously for pool tables and not much else. A nice low-key bar is exactly what the neighborhood needs and Jorbie is doing a great job.

Victoria Bitter!

So what's up with Aussies owning bars and "Aussie bars" in Fed Hill?
(Mum's, Boomerang, The Royal, and now Billabong.) Inquiring minds want to know...

Anyway - best of luck Jorbie!

Regarding Victoria Bitter - as of this month's Beverage Journal, there's still no Maryland distributor. I'm a fan of VB, so if someone has a case they'd like to trade, I'd be happy to give up a case of Cooper's in exchange (I carry the Red, Green and Yellow.) Just let me know. I've heard that the Aussie embassy always has a bunch floating around :)



Boomerang - gone, The Royal - gone, Mum's was 1/2 Kiwi not Aussie. I'm wishing Jorbie and his lovely wife a long and successful tenure.

Anybody carry Royal Oak?

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