The people have spoken, and the Taphouse in St Kilda reigns supreme
This year's People's Choice winner also happens to rank among our very favourite pubs in the city, one of only four with a five-star rating in Melbourne, and better by far than anything this side of South Melbourne.
Tucked just off the unlikely corner of Carlisle and Balaclava, the Taphouse greets you with the comforting smell of heritage wood paneling. Warmly lit by tiny lamps ensconced in the walls, it feels like an old fashioned gentlemen's club that just happens to have one of the best craft beer lists in the city. As you head upstairs, the aroma of the wood fire on the rooftop terrace beckons, warming the space, which is packed even on one of the first truly cold nights of the year. From the upstairs bar you can order your pub meals, a winning selection of classics with some serious nosh thrown in like oysters, mussels in white wine, and a confit duck leg served in its own rich juices, every ounce of ducky deliciousness captured by the greens and swedes on which it lies. Hummus comes with minced lamb braised in earthy spices and chewy grilled pita, a highlight in our never-ending tour of Melbourne pub snacks.
This really is the house of taps, 20 of which pour a roster of delicious froth from all over the world. It's one of the easiest pubs to find something you want to drink, the offering always carefully balanced and covering the whole gamut of styles. Stouts and sours, saisons and session ales, Belgians and blondes, plus everything else your little beer-soaked heart could desire bubble forth. Tap takeovers, brewery launches, special events and monthly beer appreciation sessions guarantee you can always find something new, and learn about it too. There's cask ale for your hand-pumped enjoyment and the beer list is now displayed on a big screen behind the bar for up-to-the minute accuracy. If beer’s not your bag (why are you reading this?) you can get cocktails pre-bottled by the Eveleigh, because why do it yourself when you can have the best classic cocktail bar in the city do it for you?
Comedy on Mondays and live blues and soul on the weekend round out the entertainment here, as if heaps of awesome beer wasn't enough, proving that the Taphouse won't rest on its hoppy laurels, but continue to earn its place in Melbourne pub royalty. Long may she reign.
|Venue name:||The Local Taphouse||Contact:|
184 Carlisle St
St Kilda East
|Opening hours:||Daily noon-1am|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Balaclava|