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Melbourne’s first 100 per cent craft beer pub is still kicking goals in Richmond 


The Royston was the first pub in Melbourne to put craft beer on all taps. Like, before it was even cool. It still has the air of a smooth older sibling that was mates with that band way before they were famous, and doesn’t even try to rub it in. Beers include neighbours Mountain Goat alongside weird and wonderful stuff like To Øl Passion of the Weisst from Denmark, which wins the award for beer name of the year and tastes like sour passionfruit on toast. The hand pump usually pours 3 Ravens Black Stout, because who wants fridge-cold carbonated beer in the Melbourne winter? Staff are happy to give you a taste and the lowdown on everything, too.

There’s a nod to the 1950s with rockabilly on the stereo and Humphrey Bogart keeping watchful eye over the pool table. There’s no pretention here, just great beer and good, clean, pubby fun with cheap meals three nights a week and trivia on Wednesdays. Spitting distance from the Yarra, the Roy is the perfect excuse for a mid-hike pint, no whistles and bells needed.

Updated on 18 May 2015.

By Fred Siggins   |  

The Royston details

12 River St , Richmond 3121

Telephone 03 9421 5000

Open Mon-Thu 4pm-late; Fri-Sun noon-late

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