Ballarat drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Beer Hall in Ballarat

Hop Temple

Symbolic of Ballarat's meteoric rise from unglamorous country town to happening city is this converted red-brick warehouse tucked down a lane. There are 19 craft beers on tap (plus 200 kinds in the fridge) and artis…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Ballarat

Mitchell Harris

This stylish red-brick space without a hint of pretension was set up by local winemakers Mitchell Harris. It showcases their own range as well as wines from across the Victorian Pyrenees region. Tastings ($10 for fo…
Top Choice Pub in Ballarat

Mallow Hotel

One of the first pubs in town to start serving decent beer, the Mallow remains a cherished, divey local. It has a dozen local beers and ciders on tap, and the food's good, too: craft-beer-battered fish-and-chips, So…
Bar in Ballarat

Main Bar

A refined, old-fashioned boozer, the revamped Main Bar adds another layer of charm to a villagey strip in Bakery Hill. Its intimate wood-panelled decor suits Ballarat to a tee, and it's a perfect spot to soak up the…
Bar in Ballarat

Lost Ones Basement Bar

While the Freemasons perhaps didn't envisage their temple being converted into a lounge bar 146 years on, this is nonetheless a perfect spot for one. The atmospheric, low-lit bar sits below a gallery and is a memora…
Brewery in Ballarat

Cubby Haus Brewery

In an industrial estate on the outskirts of town, this awesome little brewer produces a number of session beers to enjoy with free popcorn at its tin-shed taproom. There's a record player with a stack of vinyl, and …
Cocktail Bar in Ballarat

Faux Social Club

The spot to kick on to if you're after a big night out, this city cocktail bar is usually open till 5am at weekends.