Gluten-free dining: it may not be what you’d normally expect from a pub, but the Alma specialises in it, with more than 30 gluten-free meals on the menu. There’s also an extensive plant-based menu to go with those high-end mains, tapas, burgers and woodfired-oven pizzas. Head chef Peter Rijnbeek has some 40 years experience in delivering delicious meals but you can’t accuse him of being behind the times.
Local AFL stars Mark Ricciuto, Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane are part owners of the pub, which naturally has a big screen for the game. The three of them take turns hosting a family bingo night on Wednesdays with general manager Simmo. There’s also trivia every Tuesday. On Saturday nights, there are $5 drink specials 7-10pm; Sundays offer $1 dumplings, $15 pizzas and $20 cocktail jugs; and there’s a special cocktail of the month.