Food review: Crafty’s Sports Bar

Harbour Town Eats, 189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters, Ph: 07 5528 9974

Fancy a night out with family and friends at a venue that has something for everyone: games the family can play, a casual dining venue with food that suits everyone, live sports screening and a bar with craft beers and wicked cocktails?

Crafty’s Sports Bar, located at the main entrance to Harbour Town Eats, is a family-friendly sports bar offering sociable dining complete with competitive games such as table tennis and cornhole. Cheeky and stylish with an entertaining sense of humour, it’s a fun place to meet friends or to have a party.

“There was a gaping hole in the market for a family-friendly space,” says hands-on co-owner and manager Dave Galvin. “We wanted families to be able to enjoy many different experiences in the one venue.”

In doing so, they’ve turned sports bars on their head. At this open-plan GC-styled 330-seat space, there’s room for everyone as well as a cordial welcome.

Large it may be, yet it’s also approachable with participative, competitive family games. The venue is a standout for what it does not include: gaming of any kind. Instead, it’s a welcoming space to #partywithcraftys.

“The feedback has overwhelmingly been amazing,” says Dave, whose experience opening thirty venues for other people is now put into practise in his first business with business partner Geoff Bainbridge, founder of Grill’d.

Chef Steve Seckold (ex-Flying Fish, Pyrmont) heads the kitchen, his casual menu divided into sections ranging from ‘Hand Food’ (good time fun dishes), through greens (think delicious salads and veg), burgers and pizzas to ‘Crafted cuts’ (AKA serious steaks) and trays of combo dishes.

‘Hand food’ shows off well-made popular casual dishes with a fun twist, such as a Giant soft pretzel with a beer-laced cheese dip and seeded mustard ($15), Pumpkin tostadas with avo salsa ($14), moving on to Crafty’s own take on Southern fried chicken with a home-made hot sauce, burgers (all available bun-less) and hot dogs (DIY with remoulade and accompaniments provided), topped off with sports-themed cocktails.

Crafty’s is lots of fun. We can’t think of another venue that covers quite the same bases for interactive family fun, date night or group dining.

With such a fresh and vibrant take on Aussie culture, who we are and how we live, dine and socialise, we expect to see a lot more Crafty’s around in the future.

NOTE: Blank GC dined as guests of Crafty’s.

Read more of Marj’s reviews on http://www.foodgoldcoast.com.au

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