Nothing beats burgers, beer, and good camaraderie on a Friday night. Lucky for us south-siders, The Windsor Alehouse delivers the first two. The latter is BYO, but I’m sure you can manage.
For me, it doesn’t get more local than Windsor Alehouse. Formerly Pint on Punt, a dilapidated British backpackers’, the place recently had a facelift with a side of trendy. It sits directly across the road from my house! I couldn’t be more happy (or proud) to have such a cool-kid neighbour.
Craft beer is their speciality. With a whopping 19 craft beers on tap, it may take you a few visits to get through the list. You will find everything from beloved classics like Little Creatures and White Rabbit to the whacky and exotic guests. I tried a Brewcult Gingerbread Maniac and a Cavalier Cherry Sour. Gingerbread Maniac is a sure winter winner.
When you have good beer, equally delicious nibble are a requirement. We started with molten manchego and parmesan cheese balls and black pudding and brie bon bons. Followed by choose your own adventure-style beef, chicken, and veggie burgers.
Being American, I have a serious love affair with burgers and am naturally quite picky. The Alehouse chicken burger received my gold star stamp of approval. Spiced Yankee breaded chicken thigh in a brioche bun topped with red slaw and jalapeno mayo. A delicious concoction of tangy zest, spice, crunch, and delicately breaded tender chicken. Yum.
If you’re a local, or willing to cross the river for some good brews and grub, The Windsor Alehouse is a must!
Ember is an American turned Aussie. Her love affair with Melbourne goes back four years, and she still can’t get enough of this city. Discovering new hideouts and hidden gems around Melbourne is her hobby. Marketing Strategist by day, spontaneous adventurer, brekky enthusiast, and aerial acrobat by night.
The Windsor Alehouse
42 Punt Road