The Great Northern Hotel

A pub for pub-lovers in Carlton North.
Meg Watson
Published on November 30, 2014
Updated on September 11, 2023


Carlton is known for its poky little places. There are heaps of small pizza joints with very large men spruiking them, there are great cafes down tight laneways and there are beloved basement bars with only a few seats available — but people don't talk much about its big sprawling pubs.

The Great Northern is one of them. And we'd say this is made for true pub lovers — the folks who like to watch the footy and really know their beers.

Boasting 22 taps with a regular rotation of craft beers including Balter, 2 Brothers, Slumdog Brewing Co and Stone & Wood, and a selection from the ever-present Brooklyn Brewery, this is definitely the place to go for a pint.

But it's not only about the beers. The great Northern does some decent pub food too. Get around a chicken or eggplant parma, some deliciously greasy burgers and a few steaks and salads. Nothing on the food menu will surprise you, but it will keep you happily fuelled for a day or night out in Carlton.


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