Family-friendly alfresco dining is a summer delight.

Summer invokes thoughts of warm lazy days by the beach or picnics in the park sitting under shady gum trees, the smell of the barbecue, the sound of cicadas – fun, relaxed and carefree. As temperatures start rising, a pleasant family pastime could be as simple as coffee and muffins sitting outside in the leafy surrounds of suburban Brisbane whilst the kids laugh and play ball in the park.

Beans on the Green is a small coffee shop which has popped up in a disused shed on the edge of the Bardon Bowls Club. Reborn from the 2011 floods, the Bardon Bowls Club is not just for white ladies on the green. Three local lads have set up Beans on the Green as a community hub. Myles, Harry and Todd all grew up in the local area and have played on the green for years. They have set up a community coffee shop – a place for families and friends to catch up and relax and within walking distance of the schools and kindergarten around Bowman Park sports fields.

The menu is small and simple – Rouge brand coffee $3 to $4 with a babyccino for $1.50, a variety of teas ($3 to $3.50) and delicious, old-fashioned creamy milkshakes ($5.50). The menu changes daily with fresh home-made cupcakes ($3) and muffins ($4.50), a range of artisan cakes and sandwiches such as toasted sourdough with ham and cheese topped with hollandaise sauce from $4.50 and filled bagels from $9.50.

This is a place to relax under the shade of the trees or on one of the tables under a market umbrella. There is no indoor dining, although there is a large veranda around the building. There are newspapers and a range of seating options. The building is adorned with street art and herbs growing in cans.
The atmosphere is casual alfresco and suitable for everyone, young and old. The service is personable and welcoming. This is a child-friendly and dog-friendly place with plenty of room to roam, grassy banks to play on and trees to sit under. Bean bags are provided for the kids and young at heart.
Beans on the Green opens early (5.45am on weekdays) so commuters, cyclists and walkers can pop in for a coffee on their way and is open for breakfast and lunch. The heart of the community!