After walking from the city, and harassing friends to get to this famous Brisbane beer location, we got to Archive Beer Boutique and Bistro late on Saturday night. The place was totally packed, excessively noisy and bloody hot, the toilets were inadequate and we could hardly move through the crowd. At the time we visited it was just another typical loud, busy bar and nightclub.
Archive does have a wide range of Australian craft beer in bottles, but I found the tap-selection (seemed to be only about 6-7 taps) to be fairly limited/bland/boring. No doubt the beer - as with the rest of the venue at the time - is more about catering for the noisy young clubber type clientele, 1/2 of which appeared to be drinking spirits anyway! While it was a very popular venue (which obviously makes them money) it was not a time and place for enjoying a beer and conversation with friends.
When we arrived, I was happy to find Kooinda's Valhalla Golden Ale on tap, but when the the keg promptly ran out, I switched to Vale Ale IPA and then some bottled beer from Jamersons. After complaining - on the AHB forums - about the lack of variety they had on tap, it appears that there was another 'back bar' which had a bigger tap-selection. However, there was nothing about this other bar indicated on the beer list or menu or by the staff at the venue and walking past it did not appear to be much different to the main bar which I was ordering beer from.