1014 Grand Avenue, Pacific Beach
The Australian Pub has been open in P.B. for six years now, and the decor includes Australian flags and World Cup soccer memorabilia intended to invoke a Down Under feel. Sailing artifacts are also plentiful because owner John Kelsey is a noted sailing enthusiast. Popular Australian dishes include meat pies and sausage rolls stuffed with cheese and rolled in pastry. Both dishes are priced from $4.95 to $6.94, ˆ la carte or with chips. Bartender Jeremy Elbert says the most popular Aussie drinks are Cooper's pale sparkling ale and Cooper's stout ($3.50 per bottle). But, wait, isn't Foster's Australian for beer? "We have a lot of Australian customers and none of them like Foster's," says Elbert. "What real Aussies usually want is VB beer, but we can't find a distributor for it."