Urban Alley’s core range of craft beer is stocked in some of Melbourne’s most prestigious bars and restaurants. But nothing beats chugging a cold pint meters away from where it is made. Especially when that place is only ten minutes away from the CBD.
I know the Docklands can be a hard sell for many Melburnians. But hear me out, it’s actually getting good.
Inspired by Melbourne laneways, Urban Alley’s industrial style building is constructed from recycled brick and wood, with a large bar in the centre of the room. It has a warm warehouse feel with moody ambient lighting, communal timber tables and rustic inbuilt fireplaces. And you can peer through glass windows to see brewers at work.
But what I love most about Urban Alley is its outdoor beer garden. With plenty of fairy lights and lush green foliage, it makes you feel like you’re miles away from the CBD. And they’ve even installed a double fireplace to keep you warm during the cold winter months.
The food menu is stacked with all your pub favourites including porterhouse steaks and wood-fired pizzas, as well as a selection of tapas items including hot wings, beef sliders and mac and cheese croquettes.
Shaun and I ordered the beer battered barramundi and chips which went down nicely with a swig of their signature urban lager. The beer was clean and malty, with a slightly spicy and floral aroma. And it only cost us $6 a pot.
After getting home and doing some research, I discovered that sustainability is at the forefront of Urban Alley’s offering. Sure, there are plenty of Australian breweries going solar, but Urban Alley’s facilities are taking environmental consciousness to the next level. From sourcing the finest ingredients from local farms to packaging their six packs in biodegradable rings, they are always looking for ways to boost their green credentials. And that’s something I can definitely get behind 🍺