James Knox and his wife Paige wanted one thing from their bar Miss Moses: it had to be relaxed. An unpretentious Sydney Rd brew bar. And that’s harder than it sounds, especially in a city where most new venues launch with a gimmick.
Miss Moses isn’t about the gimmicks. James and Paige have created something warm and simple, where you can swing by for an afternoon sanga, grab an ice-cold tinnie from the fridge and just BE.
Let’s start with the booze, because this place has some seriously rare stuff. On tap you’ve got everything from Draught and Stomping Ground pale to Philter XPA and Bodriggy’s Pear & Juniper Radler (basically a shandy—beer mixed with fruit and botanicals). The guest taps will rotate whenever the team find something interesting. And then there’s the fridge...
There are literally dozens of craft tinnies in here. Moondog, Beavertown Session IPA’s, Mango Gose from Hop Nation, Blackman’s Juicy Banger, Nomad’s floral hibiscus Berliner...even bloody Fosters Lager (a nice touch). Honestly, you could sit up at the bar (or in the beer garden out back) for a good three hours, cracking cans and swapping stories.
Now...what goes well with craft beer? Sandwiches. Housemade, American-style, no-nonsense sandwiches. If you follow The Urban List, you’ll know we’re a sucker for a good sanga (try Big Dog’s Deli and Hector’s Deli if you suffer from the same addiction).
But honestly, these are some of the best we’ve had. The Steak Sanga with feisty chimichurri and onion jam is bang on. And don’t get us started on the Grilled Cheese—a quadruple-threat of Emmental, Cheddar, Parmesan, Mozzarella with truffle oil and parsley. Whack some hot sauce on that and you’ve found our Happy Place.
Places like this give us hope for the future of Melbourne’s bar scene. Now pass us that beer menu again...
Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White