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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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Beer Available At The Local Taphouse (Melbourne) (arranged by most recent)
Moon Dog Bad Boy Bubbly 56, La SirŤne Botanique , Red Duck Porter 36, Dainton Brewery Samurye Lager , Wolf of the Willows XPA 74, Holgate Brewhouse Pilsner 39, 4 Pines Kolsch 22, Murrayís Black Bear , Cavalier Cherry Sour , Modus Operandi Kite Flyer , Tuatara Copperhead 62, 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 Nashís 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 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00  (44) Melbourne, Australia | February 25, 2010| Updated December 16, 2014
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. [76]

The bottleshop is long gone (and is now a BlackHeart and Sparrows). Tap selection is broader than it once was and often has "worth making a trip" beers (Iím only a few minutes away but I don;t get out much) and pretty much always has something I want to drink. Staff knowledge has improved a fair bit, to the point where Iíd be happy to mention a few things I like and ask any one of several staff to give me what theyíd reckon. Keg beer is still too cold. Not cheap.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
davidm  (62) 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g  (1046) 上海 / Boomtown!, Australia | August 21, 2009| Updated July 13, 2015
I always make a point to stop by the Local each time Iím visiting Melbourne. Thereís 20 taps available that constantly change and I know that Iíll be guaranteed to find new beers here. Often there will be a showcase of a particular brewery or for their SpecTAPular events. There seems to be good support given to Aussie breweries, particularly for the up-and-comers. Visits mid-week are pleasant if you are looking to just chill out on the lounge and grab a few beers. The weekends can be hectic which is to be expected but Iíve had many fun evenings here in the past. The food is good too and the staff are generally switched on, provide decent service and know the beers well. A fantastic beer bar, and along with the one in Sydney I really enjoy the place. Now if only theyíll open a Taphouse in Brisbane....
  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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
UnholyBrewing  (26) Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida | March 18, 2009
...went down on a Friday night to check it out for the first time. Weird vibe downstairs, I didnít know there was an upstairs untill I left. They had some guy playing a keyboard, with a drummer for the "live music". I guess it was alright, but the stuff they were playing was stupid. There were gay-fags dancing around with some ripped guy in a wheelchair, and lots of drunken buisinessmen that were trying to look cool by ordering expensive vodka drinks, and jager-mixers. They did have a decent amount on tap, but the matilda bay intrusion was not known untill I came on here to rate the beers I had had. Beer was too cold, and the bar-chic was obviously new mixing up orders, and serving weizens in mugs, haha. Anyway, I might go back there again, even though they were out of an american wheat I wanted to try. Oh yea, you have to walk past lots of manly looking hookers to get there, oh well, thatís St. Kilda for ya.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
mullet  (230) Melbourne, Australia | January 19, 2009
Dunno why I havenít rated this place already. Itís awesome. Best range of beer in Australia by a mile. Twenty beers on tap, always changing. They get stuff from all kinds of places around the country - HEAPS of beers youíd never otherwise see available. Dunno how they do it. And the beer list is constantly updated on the blog - Brilliant, I wish more places would do that. Iím with voota on prices - not bad at all, at least on tap beers. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Themed quarterly SpecTAPulars are awesome. I really should go more often than I do. Only gripes: pizzas arenít great, beers too cold and whilst I LOVE the idea of doing away with branded glasses sometimes I wish I could drink some of the more straightforward styles out of a more simple glass - I should get a pint I guess.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
TheGrandMaster  (105) Auckland, New Zealand | December 15, 2008
Wish it was my LOCAL. Extensive range on tap. I will forever hold a grudge against Qantas for robbing me of an addittional 2 hours here.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Dredd  (6) Bentleigh, Australia | September 27, 2008
Great place to go to for beer. 20 beers on tap, great care to lower the carbonation on their ales and serve at appropriate temperature. There are 4 guest taps that have specialty beers and 16 other more common beers. Pricing is reasonable and there is also a decent range of imported bottle beers. Recomended for any real beer lover.
voota  (91) Melbourne, Australia | June 16, 2008| Updated June 11, 2009
The new benchmark of beer pubs in Melbourne in my opinion. Nice decor, no trashy shit, just couches and an awesome (belgian style) beer board. They had Redoak DIPA, Hergreaves hill ESB, Feral Rust, The beast, and a bunch of other exellent beers on the 20 or so taps. Service is excellent, havenít eaten there yet but will be sure to in the coming weeks. Crowd is pretty young and a bit busy on Fridays when they have live music. Not far from Balaclava station (300m west down carlisle st). Beers seem expensive at first but the pint prices are pretty solid, and coopers best extra is pretty cheap. I still really like the royston but this probably has the edge at the moment.
Stew41  (160) Woodend, Australia | February 7, 2008
I think The Local is going to be seriously good joint to have a beer at. Popped in for a beer at the soft opening tonight and I was impressed. Classy fitout uncluttered, non-pretentious, not pool table / big screen TV bullshit. 21 taps with some really good kit (Beast IPA, Red Hill Blonde, Coopers Yellow, Redoak?, Dogbolter etc). Priced up a touch at about $4.5 - $5.0 for a glass but bugger it well worth the effort. Steve (owner) gives a shit about good beer and is committed to showcasing it properly. Could be the best place in Melb to have a beer.

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