“There’s more to life than beer alone, but beer makes those other things even better” is the mantra plastered on the side of this popular Darlo watering hole. The quaint, double storey 1920s building on the corner of Flinders and South Dowling used to house the old Palace Hotel until it was transformed into a boutique beerhouse in 2008.
Nowadays, The Local Taphouse (also in Melbourne) is home to one of Australia’s most extensive beer lists, boasting 20 ever-changing local and international beers on tap and a cosy atmosphere, complete with vintage lounges, old bookcases and empty bird cages.
The free Monday night trivia, home brew nights, beer appreciation sessions and “host a roasts” (where you invite a few friends over for a private Sunday roast, one you don’t have to cook) fulfil The Local Taphouse’s objective of being an unpretentious neighbourhood beer bar.
There’s also live music Thursday to Saturday from 9pm on the rooftop terrace, and a bar menu of gourmet burgers and pizza. If you’re in search of something a little more ‘a la carte’, head to The Taphouse Restaurant, which utilises the extensive beer menu in the modern Australian fare.