Serving breakfast, lunch, coffee and beer in the sunshine, Dexter Bar Café is definitely a delightful place to visit on Queens Parade. Open every day from Monday to Sunday, Dexter’s Bar stays open into the night from Wednesday to Sunday until 11pm.
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Dexter Bar Cafe
123 Queens Pde, CLIFTON HILL, VIC, 3068
Dexter Bar Cafe - The worst cafe experience ever.
I had a bad feeling from the start as staff struggled to say hello as we entered. It wasn't until I later read reviews that I realised this cafe considers themselves too cool and unfriendly to families. We have a four month old who did not make a peep the entire time we were there.
Staff were rude from the moment they placed water on the table.
Coffee was cold and bitter. Too cool to use a notepad and then mucked up the order. To fix the order seemed too much trouble. When it was time to pay we were asked 'wad ya have?', a little service wouldn't have gone a stray.
The place had an empty cold feeling and now I know why.
Dexter is one of the best places in town to hang out in. Great rockabilly, folk and local tunes always playing. Best coffee on queens parade. Food is cheap but definately not nasty, awesome vego options as well as some hearty feeds. The range of booze is awesome, local brewed stuff on tap such as the awesome pear cider and top shelf spirits you don't see around all that often. And I love the kid free factor, when i go out for my coffee I don't want screaming kids in the joint. The staff are all cool kids and Dexter is my favourite place to hang out in. BY FAR! And the guy behind the bar is not that bad either, if it wasn't for him dexter wouldn't have the attitude that makes it one of a kind! Heaven sent on Queens Parade I say!
This is what killed Fitzroy. The gentrification has made it that you have to be cool to enter this bar. Fitzroy used to be about accepting anyone and and you need to be wearing the right jeans to be able to walk into places like this place.
I like this cafe like the coffee and the BLTs especially but I have had the worst cafe experience when I took my brother from out of town there and he asked for muesli with soy milk. It came with cows milk and when he complained (politely) the staff rudely took the food back and rinsed the cows milk off the muesli and served the same muesli with soy. They admitted to doing this because of cost reasons and they accused my brother of not ordering soy in the first place.
So sorry dexter I like your coffee and the vibe but the service for me has been pretty bad.
I was really not going to enter this debate, but after the last review I am compelled to. The bottom line is that families/kids are not the only thing that is made to feel unwelcome. I have no kids, and the time I went there was on my own. That didnt stop the absolute rudeness/snobbery by one of the staff members. Never went/going back.
I'm a semi-regular at Dexter's. The coffee is good - even though it's not generally available after whatever time is determined to be 'beer o'clock' on a weekend.... The breakfasts really are good - healthy, different and not too enormous. It also makes for a lovely way to pass a Sunday afternoon enjoying a drink in the sun out the front or the back. The music is always varied and interesting, and they have some really good live music and other stuff (eg: poetry readings) from time to time. The owner can be a little moody, but he (and, might I add, some of the obviously very-regular patrons) can also be quite fun and source of entertainment all on their own!
My favourite part about Dexter's is that it's not full of noisy, messy children. Not to say families shouldn't be able to go out, but I'm just glad that Dexter's offers those of us not up for the kid-thing somewhere to go for some P & Q in an adult environment at any time during the day or night. I have personally witnessed, in Dexter's early days, the owner of this cafe/bar asking a young family to leave. Let me tell you - I'm glad he did, because I was about to walk out in disgust. People (including me) were trying to enjoy a nice, relaxing afternoon drink. The kids spent 20 minutes yelling, crying and making a HUGE mess (mostly squashed food) on/under their own table and on everything in the near vicinity. The parents seemed oblivious to the disruption their brood was causing - not the least of which was the ridiculous pram taking up most of the walkway!! In the end he asked them not to worry about settling the bill, but just to please leave. Come on...there are plenty of 'kid friendly' places out there. Parents need to realise that everyone's world doesn't revolve around their young children.
So, despite the fact that this guy can be moody, and some people take offence to children not being welcomed with open arms, I will continue to frequent Dexter's as my relaxing, ADULT place of choice.
Wonderful coffee but the rudest service I've ever experienced (and we go out a lot). I can't accept their attitude towards children, I felt like the victim of racism - completely unprompted and justified behavior towards us just because we had children. They directed us out to the their lovely courtyard and proceeded to tell our children to be quiet. I'm fine for people to tell my children off if they misbehave but this was unprompted. We asked if we offended them in anyway and they had nothing to say except they are a peaceful and tranquil place...get over yourself folks! Never go there...or if you do...take as many children as you can :)
A very relaxed cafe which is a little more Smith St than Queens Pde and I think it does better for it.
The beer on tap and coffee are equally good which works well if you change your mind after walking through the doors and on Grand Final day 2008 they put on a free BBQ to go with the big screen they set up.
Don't be put off by the guy running the place from behind the bar... he can be a little abrupt to start, but very quickly you see his quirky sense of humour and all is good.