nate2g (1290) Boomtown!, Australia | August 21, 2009| Updated July 13, 2015
I always make a point to stop by the Local each time I’m visiting Melbourne. There’s 20 taps available that constantly change and I know that I’ll 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 I’ve 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 they’ll open a Taphouse in Brisbane....
Awesome place, just as good as (if not better) than the Sydney location with several floors of seating area. Great taplist of 25 beers -- you can do custom paddles of 5 beers for $17.50 which really isn’t too bad for Melbourne. Service is friendly enough. A must stop when in town.
Superb. Lucked out on the tail end of a New Zealand tap takeover. Most of the other 20+ taps were Aussie. Excellent tap selection. Indoor/outdoor seating with good atmosphere and lots of ppl even on Sunday. Didn't eat but food smelled good. A Melbourne must for beer.
Visited once, on July 26, 2013, with a mate of mine. Took the tram from Federation Square down to Luna Park or so, started walking down Carlisle Street. I had got it in my head that it was located at 185, so we stayed on the right hand side, couldn’t find it, realized it was 184, had to cross the road and walk back a few blocks... So, if you also come from the bay and are walking east, it will be on your left hand side. Sign is not that obvious to notice either. Much closer tram stops too, one right on the corner, but didn’t note down the name for it. Looks and feels very much like the Local Taphouse in Sydney, which for me is a very good thing! Offer 5x90ml tasting paddles for $15, their crackers that come with it are not as tasty as the ones in Sydney, still you get it which is rare at other places! No WiFi, since they had changed password and teh staff didn’t know it to give out. Two floors indoors seating, also a beer garden at the top floor. Two bars, one on each floor, with the same draught selection, but two handpumps (this night at least) downstairs only. A bit off from the CBD, certainly not walking distance, but well worth the trip down to St. Kilda! Nice fast service. Didn’t eat, part from a bowl of hot chips that me and my mate shared, will not score the food rating for that though. Had a tasting paddle and a glass each of the two imperial stouts on hand pumps. Big bottled selection, though I focused on the taps.
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.
We came here first time on 19.2.2015. It’s a really good beer bar. They have two bars - on the ground and on the first floor and a small place outside. Very nicely decorated, wooden interior
with posters and beer bottles. Tap selection is quite awesome: 20 beers mainly from Australia’s best craft breweries, only two international ones: Budvar, De Proefbrouweri. That’s what you are looking for when you are on beer journey in Australia. Also good bottle assortment, around 20: Mikkeller, Gueuzerie Tilquin, just to mention the highlights. Could only have 2 beers this day, but we will come back for sure!
We came back some days later after watching a World Cup 2015 cricket game at the Melbourne cricket stadium and spent several hours here. The food was very delicious (pie, sandwich, fries) and the beers great as expected - highlights were the Chocolate Stout from Holgate brewhouse on hand pump! and the FigJam IPA from Burleigh Brewing Co (the most intense beer I had during this trip). Can just confirm again this is the best beer place we visited during our 2015 Australia trip.
This is the superior Local, crushes Sydney. Comfortable setting from the decor to the chairs and service, I felt at home right away. 20 beers on tap, a lot similar to what I had in Sydney a few days prior but a few more Victorias. Loved this place, best place in Australia.
Dunno why I haven’t rated this place already. It’s 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 you’d never otherwise see available. Dunno how they do it. And the beer list is constantly updated on the blog - thelocaltaphouse.blogspot.com. Brilliant, I wish more places would do that. I’m 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 aren’t 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.
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.
jonno (148) , 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.