There is nothing better than walking in to a pub and the bartender knows you by name, or more importantly, knows your drink of choice. The Local Taphouse on Carlisle Street thrives on delivering this service every day of the week. Their regulars are not only customers, but part of the furniture – literally, as the most endearing ones have their own name plaque attached to the bar!
Not only does The Local offer one of the most welcoming atmospheres you can find, but they’re also home to 20 rotating taps with pretty much every beer choice available under the sun. Whether you are a dark ale fan, a pale ale enthusiast, a lager lover or a cider supporter, The Local can offer it all. Throughout the year, over 400 different beers and ciders enter through the doors, ready to quench your thirst and surprise even the biggest beer connoisseurs.
If beer is not your thing, don’t fret! The Local is much more than a pot of draught – the venue itself is an absolute must for any occasion, be it an afternoon lunch in the sun or a night on the town over the weekend. With a variety of areas to choose from, you will find something different around every corner.
The main bar downstairs hosts a casual and “European tavern” style feel, and this is where you will find a collection of comedians on Monday nights, live local musicians on Friday and Saturday evenings, and their famous trivia night on Sundays to get your brain in gear for the week ahead.
There is also a rooftop garden and bar for you to soak up all the summer rays Melbourne has to offer (and yes, there is a retractable roof to protect you from the not so sunny days). Believe me when I say, this rooftop sees a lot of attention throughout the summer months, so to save yourselves some disappointment, get down early. Groups of 10 people or more can book a table until 6pm to ensure you and your friends can relax with a cold froth in hand….Did we mention it’s dog friendly!?
Along with forever changing taps, the chefs spice up the menu as often as possible to ensure they’re offering the best of local produce throughout the seasons. The simplistic menu consists of some bites perfect for sharing, pub classics and counter meals, salads for those days that call for something light and a dessert menu that’s to die for.
Throughout the months of November and December, their menu comes alive with the ‘Host A Roast’ festive option that is available for all functions and bookings of 6 people or more. The menu hosts the best of the festive season treats, and is the perfect alternative to slaving away in the kitchen to impress your friends and family.
The Local also runs a jam-packed diary full of events to keep you coming back time and time again. Ale Star sessions run every 3rd Tuesday of the month, and gives you the perfect excuse to taste some of the best Australian beers, whilst some of the biggest names in the industry talk you through all the flavours and aromas in your glass. These events cost $40 for entry for non-members and includes dinner complimented by a selection of brews to try.
If you are a hugeee beer enthusiast, then you should take a look at The Local’s Ale Stars membership. Within the membership you receive entry to 12 Ale Star sessions, a season pass to GABS every year and a heap of other extras to spoil you. Not only will you become a real local at The Local, but you’ll also be a part of a community dedicated to great beer!
Last but not least, every space in The Local is available for private hire for all your party and corporate needs. Accommodating both cocktail style and seated dining events, it’s the perfect venue no matter what the occasion.
If you really want to impress, what about a private beer tasting for you and your posse? The tasting includes a selection of the best beers on tap as well as an enthusiastic professional talking you through each flavour. Complement this with canapés or a sit-down dinner, and there you have it, a function sure to impress!
If you are looking to fill that hole in your heart with great staff, fun atmosphere, refreshing ales and comfort pub food – then The Local is the place for you.
By Mia Mildren