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Published April 22nd 2013
The Great Northern Hotel is everything a pub should be, and is located on quaint and leafy Rathdowne Street, Carlton North. As you enter, there is a pool table, a large bar, and TV screens to satisfy the devout AFL fans. The front bar leads through to a cosy restaurant, where the brick arches, timber, and carpet brings an English charm to the dining experience. The expansive beer garden is popular on Sunday afternoons, and even on a rainy, autumnal evening there is plenty of shelter for patrons in the outdoor section.
The pub fare at the Great Northern Hotel is impressive. The $8.50 fries are battered with 2Brothers' Taxi Pilsner and hint at the devotion to craft beer. Try the tapas including the lemon and pepper calamari, fried pecorino, and filling eggplant and zucchini chips. Pub favourites include the steak sandwich, and the tempura battered tofu steak for the vegetarians. Early in the week, this becomes the dining room for locals with half price rump steaks on Tuesdays.
The atmosphere is chilled and unpretentious. The friendly staff wait kindly as you pour through the expansive selection of boutique beers. In fact, there are 19 beers on tap. Some favourites include Moo Brew Pale Ale, Stone & Wood Lager, and The Hills Cider Co. Apple Cider. Most beers are $10 and under, and there are also jugs, so you can shout your friends.
This is also a great place for functions, and includes a Private Dining Room for 30 guests. Other areas of the venue like the dining room, and beer garden, are also available for hire at times. Catering options, speakers, and a projector are also available on request.
Special events include a fun Trivia Night on Wednesdays, and Flip Side Karl spinning a range of soul, funk and rock on sunny Sunday afternoons. Good Beer Week starts on May 18th 2013, and the Great Northern Hotel are huge supporters. During this week, they will feature 13 taps with some of the USA's finest beers, and some of them are completely new to Australia.
The Great Northern Hotel has the whole package - delicious dining, a choice range of beers, and an inviting ambience that will keep you coming back.