Nightlife

Top Choice Beer Hall in Ballarat

Hop Temple

Symbolic of the Rat's meteoric rise from bogan country town to cool happening city is this massive converted red-brick warehouse tucked down a laneway. There are 16 craft beers on tap (plus 200 kinds in the fridge),…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Ballarat

Mitchell Harris

A stylish wine bar without a hint of pretension is this attractive red-brick space set up by local winemakers Mitchell Harris. It not only showcases their own range, but wines from the entire Victorian Pyrenees. As …
Pub in Ballarat

The Mallow Hotel

One of the first pubs in town to start serving decent beer, the Mallow remains a much cherished local. It has 12 beers and ciders on tap, featuring predominately Victorian microbreweries. Food is good too, from craf…
Microbrewery in Ballarat

Red Duck

With a no frills cellar door (literally a table and few chairs at reception), here at Red Duck the priority is all about brewing quality beer – which they've been doing since 2005. They have a few on tap, and some 2…
Microbrewery in Ballarat

Athletic Club Brewery

One of Ballarat's best new spots for quality ales is this city microbrewery that does a great range of craft beers. Its taproom overlooks the brewing equipment, and the passionate owner-brewer is good for a chat. It…
Brewery in Ballarat

Cubby Haus Brewery

In an industrial estate on the outskirts of town is this awesome little brewer that produces a number of session beers to enjoy at its homely little taproom with free popcorn. There's a record player with a stack of…
Pub in Ballarat

Irish Murphy's

The Guinness flows freely at this atmospheric Irish pub. It’s a welcoming place and the live music draws people of all ages. There's nothing too sophisticated, but the formula works.
Bar in Ballarat

Faux Social Club

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