The Local Taphouse (Melbourne) | Melbourne,
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The Local Taphouse (Melbourne)
Excellent based on 30 ratings
Type: Bar

184 Carlisle Street, East St Kilda
Melbourne, Australia 3183 [ print map ]
03 9537 2633 | twitter

Hours: 12pm - 1am

Mayor: Ngejo (5) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 300

The Local Taphouse (Melbourne)

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Moon Dog Bad Boy Bubbly 56, La Sirčne Botanique , Red Duck Porter 36, Dainton Brewery Samurye Lager , Wolf of the Willows XPA 74, Holgate Brewhouse Pilsner 39, 4 Pines Kolsch 22, Murray’s Black Bear , Cavalier Cherry Sour , Modus Operandi Kite Flyer , Tuatara Copperhead 64, Napoleone Burning Bridges Rauchbier , Modus Operandi Cream of the Hop #1 , Brooklyn Wild Horse Porter 91, Ekim Berserker Amber IPA 79, 2 Brothers HazElla , Nomad Poco Loco in the Coco , Moon Dog Ogden Nash’s Pash Rash 89, Moon Dog Spotted Dick With Custard , Burleigh Peach Saison 87
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30 reviews for The Local Taphouse (Melbourne)
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  75%
 Selection  89%
 Food  65%
 Value  68%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
halfbaked  (24) , | December 29, 2012
Like the other one in Sydney, love this place. They have monthly rotating taps of international and local craft beers. Lots of favourites and always something new to try. The staff are knowledgable and they have cool events if you are into that kind of thing. Food is good but a bit expensive. Nice different indoor/outdoor areas. Only thing I don’t like is it gets really packed. Much better to go during the day or a weekday evening.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns  (41) , Australia | October 3, 2012
this place was pretty awesome! cant fault anything they did where really helpful with the beers they provided. was cool how you got to circle your taster beers on the beer tap last and they would arrange it in the order of how they should be drunk. good food menu as well. lots of international craft from italy, usa, denmark etc and even some local stuff thrown in. overall an awesome craft beer pub
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Rangi  (11) , New Zealand | May 14, 2012
Really enjoy going to the local to see what new beers are on tap. Good service from friendly helpful staff. Plenty of events and the food is not to bad. Cheese platter was awesome and matched with the beer can’t get much better.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1  (97) North Carolina | March 12, 2012
Made an appearance here after seeing how highly rated this place was prior to my visit. Upon arriving we wree asked for a gold coin donation, for...AMERICA NIGHT, haha, this was going to be funny. It was still a little early but the bar was already decently filled. On tap they had all US beers, mostly from Cali but some from other states. I had hoped when I came that I would get a chance to try some AU craft beers but it wasn’t meant to be here. Grabbed an IPA, something from Green Flash. We were hungry but the only thing on the menu was all "American"; bbq wings, hamburger, hot dog, etc. we grabbed wings and a hamburger (no cheese though, don’t they know us Americans like cheese?!). The wings were mediocre as was the burger but it filled us up. I grabbed another beer, a stout this time. Overall, the bar was pretty cool and you could tell as the night went on that this was a popular bar that seemed to attract the craft beer fans. I’d go back again if I was in town but would shoot to go during the day when I can sit back, relax, and enjoy some beers. **** Go, go, GO to the bottleshop too as I saw beers there that I saw no where else in AU, picked up several Cantillons. Prices were high but probably to be expected given the current beer scene there.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Sevenlee  (74) Central Coast, NSW, Australia | February 3, 2012
Awesome place in Melbourne. I had the sampler and the food was really great. It was pretty packed when I was there so the vibe was good. The staff know their beer and handle the stuff properly. Theres a little bottle shop section attached with a huge range of stuff from all over the world. Love it! I m going back when Im in town
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
GT2  (667) Oceanside, California | July 22, 2011
Not really fair to say this place is in Melbourne as it is in St Kilda, which is more of a suburb that takes a pretty long time to get to- 20+ minute train ride from central Melbourne. Tap list is the best I saw in Australia and has stuff actually from all over the world. Extremely different from its counterpart in Sydney which is sort of small, in a weird location, full of business men types, and really a formal bar. This is a craft beer haven with hipster staff who are wildly knowledgeable about beer compared to their relatively clueless Sydneysider counterparts. Upstairs is an awesome roof deck with umbrellas and wood tables and another bar. Found tons of random beer you will probably find nowhere else on the continent. Feral Brewing’s funky beers were a big hit. They have some not so crazy German beers on the menu as well for the less crazy beer nerds. Regardless, you must go here and spend the day bumming around in St Kilda. The beach is great and have a nice walk along the docks. Food was excellent. Anyway- probably the best place in Australia for craft beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
jonno  (124) , Japan | May 13, 2011| Updated May 14, 2011
Lovely little place. Great tap selection for Australia. Much nicer than the Sydney location. The food was pricey though (but enjoyable), but that was the only blight on the place. One of Australia’s top draws.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
flmd  (1) , Australia | January 16, 2011
Loved this place - hubby brews beer so whenever we get babysitting we head to a beer bar somewhere in Melb. for the night. This was the best we’ve been to so far - great ambience, fabulous tapas upstairs and good jazz a bit later. Service was pretty good (except for lack of loo paper in the ladies) but the beers.... well, best to go there and taste the range youself !! we managed most of the 20 on tap but as they keep changing, we’ll have to go back again and again !! Fell in love with The Steam Exchange Truffles Porter - not as a quoffing beer, but as a liqueur beer!! My only complaint is that the place hadn’t opened when i lived in east st. kilda or it could have been MY local and i wouldn’t have moved.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
mcsimmo  (2) , Australia | December 11, 2010
Don’t get much better than this when it comes to a beer bar. Makes me think of the Coopers ad, "if it isn’t at your local then consider moving", because it makes me want to stay in this area. Staff are good value. Look out for the special days, where they put on beers from a particular area. Always pretty busy and always with a wealth of good beers on tap.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
beerophile12  (10) | August 19, 2010
Easily the best beer bar in Oz, going by range alone. Focus on local craft but every now & then get imports like rogue, mikkeller & nogne o but hell they arent cheap! Doubt its their fault though. Have been many times when both busy & quiet. Service is always pretty good, friendly & willing to recommend etc Food is pretty good, though i understand they are introducing some more interesting meals & moving a little away from pub grub. Been to a few of the monthly ale stars sessions & seasonal beer fests, both are great but get pretty rowdy & busy, meaning you have to wait a while at the bar but not too big an problem. Only issue would be that the beers are served too cold. All style seem to be the same temp, which i’m not too fond of. Other than that, its an awesome venue & a must

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