Forget bar hopping.
We have your go-to guide for hopping your way through the best craft beers on a night out in South Bank. So where to start on your jovial beer hop jaunt?
Take Tomahawk for instance; it’s the perfect place to start. They regularly rotate the flavours on tap with Brewtal (a favourite of this author’s), Fortitude, Bacchus, Newstead, Croft, Evil Twin, Kaiju! and more delicious brews making welcome repeat appearances. And the bar staff are more than happy to give you a rundown of the flavour infusions on hand. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask them about their Takeaway Tallies!
One step outside Tomahawk will put you right next to Hop & Pickle, one of Little Stanley Street’s newest watering holes and a hive of culinary appreciation. This place is brimming with a mishmash of pub culture (or Hop Culture, as the staff like to say) marrying the roasts of old English pubs with a modern gastronomy experience. Draft beers flow from the taps and there’s bottled beers a-plenty to choose from to go with those deep-fried spicy pickles and crinkle-cut chips.
A quick trip down the road will allow you to meet Che Asado, South Bank’s resident Argentine (he now occupies where The Point was previously). Offered alongside its grill-seared steaks and Argentinean barbeque, Che Asado does traditional with modern flair, combining Argentinean brews such as Quilmes and Aguila to give a fresh approach to Argentinean fare. The modern fitout of this gargantuan spot also features a mezzanine level that sets you up with a prime view of the Parklands and the perfect vantage point to people watch along Little Stanley and Grey Streets while you indulge in a tipple or four.
When your feet get weary, take them down to Live Fire for a craft beer and a rest. Your body will thank you for the cushioned leather-clad stools and the city views while you sit back and enjoy the lively atmosphere and a lager. And if you get time to chow down on a mouth watering steak, then all the better.
Last but not least on your trip around South Bank’s craft beer locale is The Charming Squire. Inspired by its roguish founder, Charming has the full range of James Squire beers and ciders on tap (with some brewed in house) PLUS a wood-fired spit roast, making it the perfect place to end a barhop in South Bank. Its wooden-clad allure and bearded servers add to the devilish charm that would put even James Squire himself to shame.