It had been a rather slow month for both Stan and I. First, there was the release of Pillars of Eternity, so we had been on rotations, playing that game on his Steam account. It was then followed by the release of Bloodborne and finally Stan’s CPA exam. Besides doing our usual grocery run, we spent most of out free time cooped up at home binging on Netflix and gaming. However, we did manage to grab some delicious American style burgers at Varsity Bar, which was just a 5 minutes drive from our place. The American college themed bar, located at the Broadway shopping centre had gone through a few changes during our years as uni students. Before becoming what it is now, the bar used to be less lively and quite empty. With events and menu specials almost on a daily basis and student friendly prices, Varsity Bar is always packed and lively, especially during the evenings.
Stan and I had paid the bar a few visits during the evenings but it was always very busy and packed with uni students, with barely any empty seats. The best times to go for a nice quiet meal would be either on Friday or Saturday afternoon as both days usually do not have any events, as indicated on the bar’s website. The menu consisted of a variety of foods and sides, which you could share with friends over a beer, such as pizzas, nachos, and chilli fries. We ordered onion rings to share and the serving was generous. The crispy beer batter and the pop of subtle sweetness from the onions, seasoned with salt and pepper made the rings very moreish. We could eat this all day!
For mains, Stan ordered the Texan burger, and like all mains, came with a serve of piping hot fries. The Texan consisted of two juicy beef patties, bacon, cheese and tobacco onions, all stacked in between two soft burger buns. The BBQ sauce gave the burger a robust, smoky flavour. We have to admit, without the onion rings, the servings would have been just right for us. So during our next visit the other week, we requested the fries to be replaced with the onion rings instead, for an extra $2. On the other hand, I ordered the Notorious P.I.G. burger. The pulled pork filling was tender and well seasoned. The slaw gave the burger a fresh lift of flavour in this decadent meal.
So, if you are craving for some good ol’ burger and fries or just want to find a place to hang out with your friends after uni or work over some good food and beer that don’t break your bank, do give Varsity Bar a go. There is also another branch in Northbridge if you are in the city area.