The Local Taphouse | Melbourne,
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The Local Taphouse
Excellent based on 26 ratings
Type: Bar

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

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Hours: 12pm - 1am


Mayor: Rangi (6) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 300


The Local Taphouse

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Beer Available At The Local Taphouse (arranged by most recent)
Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout 99, Stone Reason Be Damned 92, Double Bastard Ale 100, Bacchus Double Chocolate Stout , Bacchus Double Obama , Bacchus White Choc Raspberry Pils 92, Bacchus Elderflower Summer Ale , Bacchus Cunning Ninja Imperial IPA , Bacchus Red Bellied Black , Palm Royale 32, Bacchus London IPA , Yeastie Boys Hud-a-wa’ Strong 87, Death Between The Tanks , Burleigh FIGJAM IPA 87, Dainton Impale Ale , McLaren VALE/IPA 74, Bright Brewery Pilot Light , Bridge Road Bling IPA 88, Feral B.F.H. (Barrel Fermented Hog) 92, Riverside Session Amber Ale
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26 reviews for The Local Taphouse
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  76%
 Selection  89%
 Food  66%
 Value  68%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  92%
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90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Sevenlee  (61) 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
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
GT2  (535) Carlsbad, 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
jonno  (114) , 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.
92
  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.
92
  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.
86
  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
76
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00  (42) Melbourne, Australia | February 25, 2010| Updated June 23, 2011
Downstairs on a quietish night. About 20 taps with a good selection of well-established locals and several new or uncommon Australian micros. Tap prices are good. Bottles appeared quite expensive. Beer is really quite a lot too cold. Nice place with a welcoming, lived-in feel. [edit] Now has a bottleshop attached. Selection is certainly amongst the top half-dozen in Melbourne.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
davidm  (53) Sunnyvale, California | January 6, 2010| Updated January 26, 2010
My favourite beer place in Melbourne. Always twenty interesting beers on tap, many events, and great food make this a paradise for beer-enthusiasts. My only criticism is that the bottled beers are pricey.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g  (550) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | August 21, 2009| Updated December 26, 2009
An awesome beer bar that represents the local scene to the fullest. Surprisingly it can be pretty fuckin hard to find quality micros in Melbourne and this is where the Taphouse comes in. There’s 20 taps available all above the average which are always changing and there is often a showcase for a particular brewery or for their SpecTAPular events. Great support given. A visit mid week was more enjoyable to chill out on the lounge and enjoy the beers, the weekends can be hectic as expected but heaps fun. Great food too and the staff are really switched on and know the beers well. A fantastic beer bar, and along with the one in Sydney I loved the place. Now if only they’ll open a Taphouse in Brisbane....
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
bluevegie  (29) Perth, Australia | April 2, 2009
Visited there twice last week whilst I was in Melbourne enjoyed it both times, called in during the day when it was a little quiet which was probably better for me to relax and enjoy the beers available subjectively. Very good range of tap beers, pizza was good and staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

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