Moon Dog World

This giant, very OTT brewery bar in Preston is like a boozy theme park you'll never want to leave.
Libby Curran
December 01, 2023


Abbotsford-born brewing company Moon Dog's Preston digs bring a whole new meaning to the words "go big, or go home". The aptly named Moon Dog World is a mammoth brewery, bar and beer garden, making good on the grand plans the team announced back in March 2019. Clocking in at 12,000 square metres, the multi-warehouse site is supposedly longer than the MCG end-to-end, and has room for a huge 725 punters.

The name hints at a theme park or adventure land and, between the jungle of greenery, the tiki-style bar, the indoor waterfall and the illuminated rainforest lagoon flowing right through the centre, that's basically what awaits. Blue and white-striped deck chairs perched right by the water promise to be prime real estate in any season.

Moon Dog World in Preston

Over to one side presides an elevated DJ booth and VIP terrace, while opposite, a two-level conglomeration of shipping containers has been transformed into a series of cosy rooms, hidden booths and open balconies. You'll even find a mini pinball arcade tucked away somewhere inside.

A hefty central bar is pouring one heck of a beer list, decked out with no less than 72 taps — never has there been this many Moon Dog brews offered in one spot. True to form, it's a diverse collection featuring label favourites, including the Old Mate pale ale and Cake Hole black forest stout, alongside seasonal releases like the Cherry Seinfeld sour ale. A rotation of guest drops rounds out the beer offering, though there's also an all-Aussie wine lineup, classic tap cocktails and a few signature concoctions, for those after something different.

Moon Dog World in Preston - burgers and chips and beer.

It's a space for all occasions, with a food offering to match, featuring burgers, share plates and charcoal dishes. Grab a beer and settle in with some sticky buffalo chicken ribs, cheese-filled jalapeno croquettes, or maybe the pulled pork tacos. Burgers run from the likes of a crispy chicken number loaded with pineapple jam and spicy mayo, to a vegan creation starring a sweet potato and kimchi patty. You can even grab a whole free-range chook, hot off the kitchen's charcoal rotisserie and served with gravy, chilli oil or spicy za'atar oil. Perfect Sunday session food.

Add to all that the handful of sports screens and a sunny outdoor beer garden, and this is one boozy theme park you'll never want to leave.

Images: Kate Shanasy.


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