The National Hotel Is Back

The National Hotel Is Back

As promised, Brooke and I went to the soft opening of the new National Hotel in Richmond last night. It’s not totally complete yet, but we really dig what they’ve done to the place, especially the spacious deck and beer garden, which has become the focal point of the pub’s design. A couple of Richmond locals were at the bar when we arrived and got talking about the pub’s previous life.  Already fans of the new look, they believed this renovation was the best thing that had ever happened to the place. I hope to catch up with one of the owners in the coming weeks and report back with a full article, but in the meantime I want to confirm that The National is definitely open for business and encourage everyone to show support for this new venture by checking...

The National Hotel – Reopening Today.

The National Hotel – Reopening Today.

Back in November I published a quick post when I noticed that The National Hotel in Richmond was closed for re-development. Well, word on the street is that it is having a “soft opening” today! Brooke and I went a little out of our way on the weekend to check on how the renos were going. To me it still looked like a construction site but Brooke started talking to one of the builders who told us it would be opening its doors this Wednesday (today). Later that night we were having dinner with some friends who told us they knew one of the new owners. Turns out I’m not alone in noticing that this corner of Richmond is having a massive apartment boom. The eastern end of Victoria Street (between Church Street and Victoria Gardens) is, well, unremarkable to say the...

Friday Links for the Modern Drinker

Friday Links for the Modern Drinker

Welcome to the first Friday of 2012. Here are today’s links for your reading pleasure. Looking for something to get the for that special lady in your life? Check out this post from The Beer Wench on beer jewellery. Check out this beer cocktail from beermixology… Waste of a good beer, or brilliant idea? In December I reviewed the newly opened Temple Brewery in Brunswick. They now have their website up and running. Looks like superparma.com is getting a makeover. I’m can’t wait to see what the new site looks like. I used to plan my drinking around their recommendations. That’s it. I’m back in Melbourne now and have several blog posts in the works. Make sure you’re signed up on Facebook or Twitter so you’re the first to know when they’re...

Friday Links for the Modern Drinker

Friday Links for the Modern Drinker

Yes it’s that time of the week again. I spend a ridiculous amount of time trawling the internet for these gems so that you, my loyal readers – both of you – can be the best informed and educated drinkers in all of Melbourne. Do you have trouble deciding if it’s an appropriate drinking time or not? I know I do. Why only last week I was at this board meeting… Anyway, thanks to this web site you will never have to wonder if it’s beer o’clock again! http://isitbeeroclock.com/ Any serious beer nerd in Melbourne knows about The Local Taphouse in St Kilda. On the first of March next year Taphouse co-owner Steve Jeffares is hosting an event there called How to Create a Great Beer Venue. The night will kick off with networking...

Temple Brewery – The New Kid in Town

Temple Brewery – The New Kid in Town

Melbourne has a new brewery. “And the heavens were opened and the angels rejoiced.”* Yes, the Melbourne beer scene is alive and well and all week social media has been buzzing with the news of this new arrival. I like to think of myself as a man with his finger on the pulse of all things beer-y in Melbourne. So on Tuesday myself, my lover, and a few good friends decided to see what all the fuss was about. I had no expectations going in. OK, I had a few expectations. Beer, food, those big magical tank things into which ingredients go and from which comes wonderful, wonderful beer. But other these than basic elements, I didn’t know what type of brewery this would be. You see, there are the Mountain Goats of the world: big, industrial, grungy and cool. The...

Friday Links for the Modern Drinker

Friday Links for the Modern Drinker

I’ve decided that instead of posting the various links I come across in a random fashion throughout the week I’m going to start posting them on Fridays in regular post. I’m calling it “Friday Links for the Modern Drinker”. At least that’s what it is at the moment. It’s a work in progress. I’m sure I’ll workshop this over a beer at some point. There is so much happening in Melbourne Pub Culture at the moment and I want these links to be the only stop you need in order to be completely across the scene. So with that out of the way, on to this weeks links: Every year I tell myself I’m going to do the Santa Crawl through South Melbourne. Seems like a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas and South Melbourne has some great pubs that I...

The White Whale of Melbourne Pubs (The Cricketers Arms Port Melbourne)

The White Whale of Melbourne Pubs (The Cricketers Arms Port Melbourne)

A long long time ago, myself and the rest of the Tongans (why my friends and I are referred to as Tongans is a long story, and one that will no doubt have its own blog post at some point in the future) decided to do a pub crawl in Port Melbourne. We were all from the inner North so Port Melbourne was a vast and untapped landscape full of amazing pub potential, and strange, weird people. The day we picked for the pub crawl ended up being one of the worst weather days I have ever experienced in Melbourne. The wind was so strong we were at risk of being blown all the way to Tassie and it rained for the majority of the day as well. Despite this inclement weather, I remember loving Port Melbourne and vowing to make in back more often (I didn’t). I also remember...