Situated almost halfway between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore and literally a stone’s throw from the tempting sands of one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular beaches sits a much welcomed addition to south east Queensland’s vibrant craft beer scene.
At Alexandra Headland you’ll find Black Bunny Kitchen. Managed by husband and wife duo Josh and Aimee Collins the 200-seater venue, perched on a 500 square metre block, is laid back yet charismatic with a charming feelgood burst of fresh air in an area that's slowly showing some appreciation for craft beer.
With years of solid corporate hospitality experience under their belts, the Collins’ wanted to break away from the mundane regimes of "normal" mainstream venues and offer something different – something with an edge of class – to the coastal region that they so adore.
The decor and furniture inside Black Bunny is tidy, relaxing and fitting with the nature of its surrounds. Combining the natural sea breeze with reconditioned timber lends a genteel, perhaps even an accidental nautical, theme to the place. Whether you opt to dine, enjoy a local craft beer or maybe both – either on one of 140 seats inside or 60 out – you’ll be comfortable and feel instantly at ease. Importantly, you’ll be made to feel at home by the knowledgeable and helpful staff that will be only too glad to walk you through the substantial array of beers on offer.
Black Bunny’s signage ensures that anybody passing by understands exactly what it’s all about beyond the entrance. The slogan ‘Merchants and Advocates of Handcrafted Chews & Brews’ leaves little to the imagination, instead creating an intrigue that’s certainly worth exploring.
‘Handcrafted Chews’ translates into simple, tasty food created onsite by a local, talented chef. Black Bunny is open from 7am so early risers can expect to drool over ten different breakfast options. Once the most important meal of the day has settled, you can enjoy a coffee, sit back and ponder the rest of the menu. Items such as a Reuben, sliders, Po-Boy specials plus a wide range of share plates and an extensive selection of seafood should keep even the most demanding happy while children, vegans and those with a gluten intolerance are all catered for suitably too.
As far as ‘Handcrafted Brews’ goes, well, that needs no explanation at all: there is nothing conventional to be found at Black Bunny. Every beverage across all eight non-tied taps – be it cider, ginger beer or craft beer – is brewed right here in Australia on a small scale. A brand new glycol tap system provides patrons with the assurance of consistent, temperature controlled drinks. Even the bar top itself is quirky: the length of 8.6m polished concrete boasts an acid etched Black Bunny logo.
Josh and Aimee’s simplistic and special outlook on life provides good beer lovers in the region a retreat like no other. There really is nothing else quite like Black Bunny in the area, ensuring the venue further brightens an already sunny Sunshine Coast.