Everywhere Our Favourite Beer Venues in Australia
With 547 breweries in Australia, what to decide to try can be daunting. That’s why we like to rock up to a dedicated beer bar and ask the experts. In association with Expedia’s Kegs of Glory Campaign, we choose our favourite 10 beer focused venues in oz.
THE RAINBOW HOTEL, FITZROY, MELB.
Brothers Adam and Jason have built up a loyal following since taking over the Rainbow. With a frequently rotating beer lists, a social (and heated) beer garden and better than average pub fare (come on Thursday nights for their food/beer matching dinner), it’s one of the bests pubs in Melbourne. Join the 100 club and be rewarded with discounts for life if you have that number of their beers (no time limit luckily).
PREACHERS, BATTERY POINT, HOBART.
From the outside it’s easy to mistake this as just another heritage-listed cottage, common in the picturesque suburb of Battery Point, but walk through the door and it’s something altogether surprising. While snug and comfy inside, head to the backyard and you’ll discover what many regard as the best beer garden in Hobart. Here you can drink one of the ten taps which mostly feature local Tasmanian brews. To eat we suggest the shared plate, with the Ploughman’s Board being the most beer friendly option.
SAINT JOHN, LAUNCESTON.
Launceston was crying out for a crat beer hub, before being blessed by Saint John. Prop yourself on the window, and sort through 14 taps of local and interstate brews or the nearby shelf and its daunting 150 types of the bottled variety. Saint John have their own food van outside that provides liquid sponging eats like burgers and fried chicken. Coincide a visit with the Fresh Hop Beer Festival in April.
KEG & BREW, SURREY HILLS, SYDNEY.
How tempting it would be for those commuting through Central Station and feeling like a quick tipple, to spend a minute walking into this beer, bourbon and bites oasis. There they’ll be joined by suits, students and creative types confronted with 30 taps (including hard to find hand pumps), devouring some of the best food specials in town. Oh by the way, there is accommodation upstairs for those from out of town, looking to stay somewhere central and …obviously handy.
NORFOLK HOTEL, FREMANTLE.
Built in 1887, the Norfolk is the grand old dame of Fremantle’s pub scene. With many different areas to socialise and large outdoor expanses for that afternoon sun, it’s not surprising to see hundreds flock here every night, trying what the 32 taps have on offer. For a feed we recommend the shared BBQ platter. Head downstairs to the basement to see live acts play in one of the most intimate rooms in town. Excellent value accommodation is located upstairs.
GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, CARLTON, MELB.
There might be venues with more rotating beers, but the Great Northern could be the
the quintessential local. It is the unofficial home to Melbourne sports viewing, adopted by Blues, Eagles and Dockers fans as their clubhouse, and has one of the best trivia nights in town on Wednesdays. In the large beer garden where people flock to their Tuesday Steaks specials, where you’ll discover hop vines, that are used for seasonal brews throughout the year.
BITTER PHEW, DARLINGHURST, SYDNEY.
If a grown adult could live in a cubby house, this would be our design. Tiny in size, but big on beer with twelve rotating taps, we recommend sitting beside the two huge and warming windows. Don’t worry, you’ll still be in earshot of arguably the most knowledgeable staff in the city there. Nearby dude food restaurants will deliver.
THE ALEHOUSE PROJECT, BRUNSWICK EAST, MELB.
What makes a good beer bar you ask? Firstly, a list of interesting, hard-to-find beers, which with their constantly rotating 12 taps, they do, but where the Alehouse excels is creating a social space in which to share them. Think large wooden tables that entices strangers to sit with one and other and an intimate beer garden out the back. Their Thursday night half price wings showcase has become something of a weekly pilgrimage for those outside of Brunswick.
SCRATCH, MILTON, BRISBANE.
Next to the Brisbane CBD in the trendy suburb of Milton, hides this unobtrusive local bar, Scratch. Take one of many beers available to a comfy couch in a dark corner and catch up with friends. Dogs are encouraged to visit too. Food wise there is cheese available however you can always BYO from neighbouring restaurants on Park Road.
WHEATSHEAF HOTEL, ADELAIDE.
The owners say they like to keep things simple at the 100-year-old “Wheaty”, with no kitchen, or cocktails, but that means more attention is dedicated to the important stuff, like bands and beers. Indeed, live acts play at least for times a week and there are always interesting local and international beers on tap, and seasonal brews from their own on-site brewery. In February they host a summer street party called The Bartonia, featuring bands, food trucks and beers.
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