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Published March 10th 2013
The prettiest pub around
Like its namesake, The Peacock Inn is a distinguished creature in the pub world.
Upon entering the establishment I was greeted with a very neat, semi formal looking restaurant / cafe area and was unsure if there was more to it than that. Looking confused, as I was meeting someone for a drink not a bite to eat the wait staff motioned there was more out the back right side of the room.
Walking into the main bar area on a Wednesday evening had me overwhelmed with all the people and noise for this time of the week, but alas it was trivia night with a full room of patrons enjoying food, drink and the entertainment of free Quizmeisters Trivia.
Finding the bar I was pleased to see a semi decent list of beers, mostly local and with ten on tap. Similarly the wine list was fairly decent with 2 sparklings, 11 whites and 12 reds by the glass. The bartender was friendly enough and seemed to be enjoying the break of trivia customers as they were heads down with thinking caps on for the moment.
Awkwardly moving my way through all the crowd of trivia tables as there was no other option of getting to the beer garden. This would probably be my biggest gripe of the pub, it was not user friendly to other patrons that weren't here for trivia. By the time I was seated outside and took a sip of my Kooinda Belgian Wit Bier I had forgotten about my troubles of moving through the trivia crowd.
The beer garden is my favourite thing about this pub. Although the Peacock Inn refer to it more refinedly as the courtyard and according to them it is the biggest courtyard/beer garden in the suburb of Northcote.
There's something charming and endearing about it with just the right amount of lighting to see but dim enough to be considered romantic. There is a bar outside but it isn't always manned or as heftily stocked as the inside bar.
Just like the design of the peacock's feathers there is a lot going on here:
Monday - Free pool and jukebox – look out daggy 80's songs here I come; Tuesday - $15 Steak Night; Wednesday – Quiz Night; Thursday – Foursome Night - $4 schooners, basic spirits and wine; Friday – Happy Hours (4:30-6:30) and a raffle; Weekend – Breakkie from 8am.
During the week the Peacock Inn very generously offers $10 lunch meals that also includes a soft drink. Looking at their menu this would have to be the bargain of the century with such items as kangaroo steak sandwich with beetroot relish or chicken quesadillas with salad.
For dinner, meals range between $10 and $30 with the exception of steaks and have a good range of pub grub with a bit of flare as well as your stock standards like a chicken parma.
The Peacock lounge offers somewhere comfy and warm with open fires for the colder months to watch your favourite sport. They have 3 large TV's and a projector to capture all codes and all sports as long as its on Fox or free to air.
The Peacock Inn also offers private functions along with a number of different catering options to suit your requirements.
In summary, a gem of a pub with a lot going on and catering to all sorts of people.