The Local Taphouse

Bars St Kilda
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The Local Taphouse
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The beer champion of the bay is killing it on every scale of good pub

The Local has taught an entire generation of Melburnians to appreciate the finer brewed things in life. It’s decked out like the library of a worldly and beer-obsessed grandparent: walls lined with beer bottles and the tables inlaid with Perspex boxes of hops and malt, clueing you in to the depth of the obsession here. Far from being a cold and clinical space, the Taphouse has the warm, lived-in feel of your Grandpa’s living room. It’s the perfect place for a civilised conversation over lamp-lit pots of the weird and wacky, like a No Regra╠łtze Gra╠łtzer from Danish brewery To Øl – a low(ish) alcohol, smoky-sour wheat beer as delicious as it is confounding.

There’s plenty to drink if you’re not so game though, with easy-drinking Beechworth Pale Ale and Hargreaves ESB between the huge IPAs and lemon melon witbiers. On a Friday, the party’s on the rooftop, packed with beer drinkers of all types. The diversity in the crowd here is one of the big draws – it’s not just a place for beards and flannel (although they’re well represented). Tasting paddles and recommended beer pairings for the daily specials coming from the talent-packed kitchen give you even more reason to explore. Food is outstanding and perfect for drinking beer of any style with well executed dude food options like crispy Southern fried chicken next to fresh and modern dishes like hop-cured ocean trout. The snag roll is bloody good, too.

And far from being a one-trick pony, the Taphouse has you covered for most any reason you’d pop by the pub. You want trivia? They got it, and on a Sunday of all days. There’s comedy every Monday if you need a laugh to start your week right, and the soul, funk, blues and reggae bands that play for free in the front bar every Friday and Saturday night are foot-tappingly awesome. If beer is your thing, or just awesome pubs full of awesome people, you could do worse than to pour yourself into the Taphouse.  

Venue name: The Local Taphouse
Address: 184 Carlisle St
St Kilda East
Opening hours: Daily noon-1am
Transport: Nearby stations: Balaclava
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