You won't need beer goggles to like the look of this place
This funky little bar in Launceston's CBD is as refreshing as the nice, cold lagers they serve on tap. Boutique, bohemian and brimming with beautiful people, Saint John is undoubtedly the place to be in Launnie at the moment.
Naming the bar Saint John was a smart move. Its location on St John Street is smack-bang in the centre of Launceston, it boasts the name of a famed apostle, and blessing an alehouse with a Biblical connection can only be a good thing.
God must be giving His approval, because Saint John Craft Beer is doing a roaring trade and giving Launceston folk a new reason to head out on the town.
The first thing that makes this place is they have a lot of beer. Lots and lots of beer, in fact. Eight taps are always running cold, plus you'll find more than 150 varieties of bottled beer in the fridge and on the shelf.
You can select any bottle you like and drink it onsite or take it home. Some of the labels include Lost Pippin, Seven Sheds, Mikkeller, Stone and Wood, Moo Brew, Iron House, Mohawk and Little Rivers. The amber streams are seemingly neverending. If you're not a fan of beer, never fear. You'll still be catered for here. (Poetic, eh?) Saint John also stock a range of quality ciders, wines and spirits. There's snack food like burgers, hotdogs and fried wings served onsite, but feel free to BYO tucker from nearby if you'd rather.
The guys behind the bar aren't just uber hipster with beards to envy, they're also passionate about their product and more than happy to make recommendations. Spearheaded by a feisty trio of beerlovers –Tim Jarosz, Luke Dempsey and Ryan Campling – this is a place for socialising, drinking quality ale and soaking up the atmosphere rather than getting sloshed for the night.
Open to midnight Tuesday to Saturday, it's the ideal spot for pre-clubbing drinks or a nice tipple after dinner.
Liquid gold on tap.
It's marvellous to see Launceston's food, drink and entertainment scene flourishing like never before. Like Launnie's PX Tapas Wine, Saint John is as contemporary and creative as anywhere you'd find in St Kilda or Fitzroy in Melbourne. And cheers to that.