It’s what every neighbourhood needs: a simple, no-fuss bar where you can have a simple, no-fuss drink. The Alderman reminds me a bit of Joe’s Shoe Store in Northcote – the type of place where you can immediately tell that many of the customers are firm regulars. There’s a beer garden out the back and a small central room featuring an open fireplace that’s kept lit during winter – a warm heart to this unpretentious little watering hole.
Note that this is not the place to come for a wild night of getting trashed on happy-hour drinks; in fact, The Alderman doesn’t have a happy hour (for exactly this reason, according to the bar’s owner). Drink prices here are fairly standard: Beck’s on tap is $5 for pots, $9 for pints and $15 for jugs; house wines are $6.50 per glass. You can get cocktail jugs ($23.50 for a mojito jug) and spirits are around $7.50–$14.
This is a lovely spot for a quiet drink and refreshingly audible conversation.
Address: 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East 3057
Tel: 9380 9003
Opening hours: 5pm–11pm Tuesday to Friday, 2pm–1am Saturday and Sunday