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Best places to have a beer in Melbourne -Making the most of the city's beer culture

A typical weekend in Melbourne wouldn't be complete without catching a game at the MCG and having a cold one. Even if you skip the sports, visit these places to enjoy Melbourne's best beer;


Moon Dog Brewery

The owners have been in the brewing business for a long time. They are a simple establishment down Duke Street. They have a large variety of microbrews. Everything about the place screams 'craft beer'. From the barrel to the tap, expect the best of quality.


The Alehouse Project

This is a good place to try out local as well as international brews. The taps appear out of the walls of the building. Their selection of brews changes frequently. So, don't expect to find the same brand on two different days. On one of the walls, there is a to-do list that says "drink decent beer".


East of everything

These guys are in Camberwell. The rustic interior and the simple craft beer menu attract a unique patronage to this establishment. There are 6 craft beer taps and a variety of bottled beers here. Like most other places, the brews rotate on the taps. 1 of the 6 taps dispenses American beer.


The Local Taphouse

The beer gurus here taste over 400 brews in a year. The best beers are available at 'The Local Taphouse'.

20 taps rotate the brews. While they are serious about showcasing local brands, they specialise in European brews. If you visit on 'comedy night', you are bound to have the best beers and the best laughs.


Beer Deluxe

Beer Deluxe has branches in Hawthorn and Fed Square. Their extensive collection includes brews from all over the world. However, like 'The Local Taphouse', they specialise in European brands. If you not an expert about beer, the staff here will take you through their list with the greatest enthusiasm.


Ponyfish Island

This is a peculiar joint under the Yarra pedestrian bridge. Who wouldn't want to have a chilled beer under a bridge, next to a boat, right? The atmosphere at Ponyfish Island is beyond words. This place is packed during weekend evenings. They specialise in local brews. For this reason, Ponyfish Island is a favourite among tourists to Melbourne.



Howler strikes a perfect balance between a concept venue and a sensational pub. Their list of craft beers is truly international. The place is frequented by young artists and musicians. If you like enjoying new types of music while being able to order anything from local brews to Japanese craft beer, this is the place for you.



Markov used to be a fine dining restaurant, blending in with Carlton's ravishing wine-and-dine scene. They recently changed their outlook, replacing the elegant furniture with craft beer taps. They also replaced the fancy food items with a scrumptious bar-food menu. They boast having the best collection of local brews around.


Chapel Street

Chapel Street is one of Melbourne's entertainment hubs. It made the list because it has many pubs and bars that sell some of the best beers. The street stretches from Windsor to South Yarra. Accommodation is readily available at any of the hotels in the vicinity, like Oaks South Yarra. What's on offer are local brews, American brews, European brews and even rare Asian brews.


Melbourne Beer Fest

The Melbourne Beer Fest is a 2-day event that features activities that involve drinking beer. The star attractions are the different stalls that sell exotic types of beer. If you are in Melbourne during the days of the festival, make sure to pay the stalls a visit.

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