Ahh St Kilda! Everyone’s favourite seaside destination for cakes, beers and amusement parks. If you’re the kind of person that seeks a nice crisp ale after your Scenic Railway Ride, you won’t be disappointed with these top spots for craft beer by the sea.
125 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 3182 | (03) 9525 4041
This place is part of the beautiful George Hotel on Fitzroy Street. You’ll be welcomed here by a moose head (legit) and a line of inviting taps with a range of rotating beers for all tastes. The frothies go well with the very tasty menu – think chilli hotdogs, lip smacking chicken wings, and cheese platters to share. It’s also worth a visit to examine the large wall feature made out of beer cans – see if you can spot your favourite!
187 Acland St, St Kilda, 3182 | (03) 9525 3818
Boasting over 600 beers, this Craft Beer Mecca isn’t for the faint-hearted. Aside from stocking your classic beers, they also import the latest brews from all over the world. With super friendly and knowledgeable staff, you’ll be coming out with a bag of deliciousness in no time. Although it might be tempting to neck the bottle from its brown paper bag, consider taking your newly purchased brew to one of the many BYO restaurants down Acland Street? All class!
3/60 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, 3182 | (03) 9534 4005
A popular spot with backpackers turned St Kilda locals; this isn’t your standard Melbourne Irish pub. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of craft beer on tap, sitting alongside “the black stuff,” or Guinness to you and me. Add some classic pub-grub and this is a great spot on a Sunday afternoon to settle in with a pint of IPA and a plate of bangers & mash. Just you try and stop jigging to the live Irish folk music.
19 Grey St, St Kilda, 3182 | (03) 8590 6431
You will be anything but in misery when you set foot into this gorgeous space on Grey Street, a nice point of difference to the bigger pubs in the area. A favourite amongst locals, you’ll find an excellent selection of exclusively Australian craft beer alongside wine and a classic cocktail list. If you can’t make it to the actual venue, please visit their website as the owner clearly has a thing for Bill Murray and who doesn’t?! You’ll soon be changing your mind and heading to the bar to talk about Groundhog Day over a pot of Hargreaves Hill ESB and some cheese and biscuits.
184 Carlisle St, St Kilda East, 3183 | (03) 9537 2633
If there is a craft beer heaven, this pub is making a strong claim for that title. The bar staff here are excellently trained in everything beer; they go to a particular beer school – kind of like Hogwarts, but for beer. It’s also an all-weather venue. Bask in the sunshine up on the rooftop while sipping on a crisp pale ale, or cozy up on a couch downstairs with a stout! Either way, you’ll love this St Kilda craft beer institution so much you’ll probably end up hiding in the toilets when it’s closing time so you can stay here forever.