Ordering a beer in Australia is easy, but how to order a beer in every state is Australia correctly is not so easy.

Sure, you can walk into any pub (hotel) and say, “I’ll have a beer mate”, and yes, you will get a beer. However, ordering a beer correctly in Australia is not that easy, as it varies from state to state or territory to territory, if you like.

This is a pocket rocket guide on How to Order A Beer in Australia – State by StateClick To Tweet. Much as we have a common interest and love for beer, there are differences in how to order a beer in each of the states and territories of Australia. Trying not looking like a blow-in, which in Aussie-speak means that you are not a local, is also bloody difficult. Bloody being a favourite Australian describing word.

How to Order A Beer in Australia

What are the States and Territories of Australia?

Australia has 6 states and 2 territories.

How to Order A Beer in Australia

THE STATES

New South Wales (NSW)where Sydney is located

Victoria – where you will find Melbourne, and the Great Ocean Road.

South Australialand of wine and the Barossa valley, and Adelaide.

Western Australia – home to Perth, and Broome, the Kimberley’s.

QueenslandThe Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, right down to Brisbane.

Tasmaniarainforests, wineries, rugged coastlines, and history

THE TERRITORIES

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which we all just call Canberra. Canberra is the capital city of Australia, and is located within NSW, and half way between Sydney and Melbourne.

Northern Territory, home to Darwin, crocs, The Red Centre, the Outback and Alice Springs.

Every state and territory has a different way of ordering a beer.

 

Etiquette when ordering a beer in Australia

how to order beer in Australia

Ordering is one thing, and shouting is another, where it pays to know the rules.

Shouting a beer in Australia is expected when you are out with mates. I am not talking yelling out loud, but buying a round of drinks for the people who you are drinking with. It goes around, and when it is your turn, you say “my shout” and go and order the beers from the bar for everyone. You will get the drift. Someone will buy you a drink, then another person will say ‘my shout; and buy everyone a drink, then at some stage it is your turn, and you say ‘my shout’ and buy everyone a drink

DO NOT be the person who suddenly has to go to the toilet when it is their shout. This is very bad form and will cause your mates to think that you are a total wanker (Australian for dickhead).

 

Random facts about drinking beer in Australia

Ordering a beer in Australia

In Australia you can drink from the age of 18, FYIClick To Tweet

Don’t drink and drive, Australia is very strict about this.

To order beer for a BBQ for example, which are generally bought as 24 beers then in Victorian you order a slab, but in NSW you order a carton. You buy these at the bottle-o. The bottle shop. If you want to blend in, add a vowel to the end of a lot of words.

How to Order A Beer in Australia

There are 2 basic sizes of beers in Australia.

There are 2 basic sizes of beers in Australia. The large is 425ml and the smaller is 285ml. There are other variations as well, as listed below. It is ‘what’ you ask for that changes around the country.

This is how to order a beer in Australia, from the tap in a pub. 

In NSW/ACT

New South Wales and A.C.T.
Pint 568ml 20 ounces
Schooner 425ml 15 ounces
Middy 285ml 10 ounces
Seven 200ml  7 ounces
Pony 140ml  5 ounces

In Victoria

Victoria
Schooner 425ml 15 ounces
Pot 285ml 10 ounces
Glass 200ml  7 ounces
Small Glass 170ml  6 ounces
Pony 140ml  5 ounces
Pint 568ml 20 ounces

In Queensland

Queensland
Jug 1125ml 40 ounces
Pot 285ml 10 ounces
Beer (some pubs) 200ml  7 ounces
Schooner (some pubs) 425ml 15 ounces
Middy (some pubs) 285ml 10 ounces
Five (some pubs) 140ml  5 ounces
Seven (some pubs)  7 ounces
Ten (some pubs) 285ml 10 ounces

In Western Australia

Western Australia
Pot 575ml 20 ounces
Schooner 425ml 15 ounces
Middy 285ml 10 ounces
Glass 200ml  7 ounces
Bobbie 170ml  6 ounces
Pony 140ml  5 ounces
Shetland 115ml  4 ounces

In Tasmania

Tasmania
Ten or Pot/Handle 285ml 10 ounces
Eight 225ml  8 ounces
Six 170ml  6 ounces
Small Beer 115ml  4 ounces

In South Australia

South Australia
Pint 425ml 15 ounces
Schooner 285ml 10 ounces
Butcher 200ml  7 ounces
Pony 140ml  5 ounces

In Tasmania

Tasmania
Ten or Pot/Handle 285ml 10 ounces
Eight 225ml  8 ounces
Six 170ml  6 ounces
Small Beer 115ml  4 ounces

In Northern Territory

Northern Territory
Schooner 425ml 15 ounces
Handle 285ml 10 ounces
Seven 200ml  7 ounces

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How to Order A Beer in Australia – State by State