Man of Many: 10 Best Beer Bars in Melbourne

Discussion in 'Australia / Oceania' started by Todd, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,979) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    https://manofmany.com/lifestyle/drinks/10-best-beer-bars-in-melbourne

    Would love to hear what locals think of this list.
     
  2. hawthorne00

    hawthorne00 Initiate (87) Nov 23, 2010 Australia

    A bit of a mixture:

    - The Alehouse Project is not in Curtin House in the CBD, it's in East Brunswick. Perhaps Cookie occupied that spot and they changed their minds.
    - SlowBeer used to be an excellent bottle shop and is now trying to be a bar as much as a bottle shop. I'm not sure - sometimes they have a beer I cross town to get (recently Põhjala Öö) but it's not somewhere I'd think of to drop in for a pot. Of that ilk, Carwyn Cellars is miles ahead in the North. As is Grape & Grain in the Sth East.
    - BeerMash is pricey but good, Penny Blue same.
    - Local Taphouse is good (and pretty much my local). It's a pub, not a bar - but it's not clear how much that distinction translates for Americans.
    - Westside Aleworks is promising but pretty new. They have some guests and mainly American style hoppy beers of their own that are getting there. Full of digs on a pub crawl when I dropped in.
    - The Catfish - fair enough.
    - Beer Deluxe - nice location but middlebrow.
    - MoonDog - almost all their own stuff, but a good variety and a nice vibe.
    - Boilermaker House seems limited, pretentious and very expensive.

    You could come up with another 10-20 with a case to be on this list, but it's not terrible.
     
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  3. Narkee

    Narkee Initiate (139) Jun 20, 2013 Australia
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    Mr West in there? I love that venue.

    Carwyn is miles ahead of anything in Australia.
     
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  4. Gasc0igne

    Gasc0igne Disciple (363) Oct 6, 2013 Australia
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    As noted in part from the other posters - there's quite a bit of factual info/terminology wrong in the article; aside from that I haven't been round Melbourne a little while so I can't comment too much on the current scene.

    Hawthorne is definitely correct regarding Slowbeer though, last time I was there was during the transition and oh boy it's nowhere near what it use to be...unfortunately. Also I definitely second Carwyn being there, at least honourably.

    To be perfectly honest I'm not usually the biggest fan of these "beer bars", so much "trendiness" and I often get tired of them pretty quick haha.