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12 trendy spots to cosy up next to a fireplace

Visit Ballarat

31 May 2022

Filed underFood & Drink

When the weather outside is frightful… the fire is so delightful…

We couldn’t agree more with you Mr Sinatra. So, to celebrate the good ol’ open fireplace, we’ve pulled together a list of the cosiest bars, pubs and cafes with roaring fireplaces in Ballarat.

These venues will have you defrosting those fingers in no time so you can make better use of them (like holding a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon). 

Mitchell Harris

You only have to take a look at the reviews to know this wine bar not only serves up good wine, but it’s by far a favourite when it comes to escaping the wintry blast outside.

We couldn’t agree more with this happy visitor who described the wine bar as “dark and moody, perfect for a winter night.”

Just think vino in one hand, dip and warm Turkish bread in the other and the crackling sound of a cosy fireplace right in front of you. Bliss!

RJM’s Wine Bar

There’s nothing quite like listening to live music and indulging on a ploughman’s board with friends.

One thing that always makes the experience better is an open fireplace to warm up by, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at this relaxing Mair Street wine bar.

By night is just as cosy outside in their alfresco area, which is adorned by fairy lights, hanging vines and log fire.

Michael Unwin Wines

Wine and fire go hand in hand in Ballarat, and you’re about to be hit with the trifecta of wintry hideaways thanks to another cosy spot you can warm up by a fire as you sip on a glass of red just out of town, at Michael Unwin Wines.

Take in the aroma of maturing wines at this cellar door while you soak up the views of the surrounding vineyards.

Don’t forget to grab a few extra bottles of wine to take home on the way out.

Captains Creek Organic Wines

We lied! There are not three, but four cosy hideaways where the wine supply is plentiful.

Just a short drive north of the CBD, you’ll discover organic winery – Captains Creek.

Four generations of the same family have been running the organic farm which ventured into wine grapes in the early 1990s.

Today you can sip on their popular Pinot Noir by a century-old fireplace in their renovated Workers’ Hut.

Better yet, why not stay for lunch. You’ll discover a menu of farm food with an elegant twist, including entrees loaded with pickled vegetables and farm-raised lamb.


Sit down by the fire at Ballarat’s newest cocktail and social club and nibble on pepper leaf flat bread with hummus, burnt butter and espelette with your favourite cocktail in hand.

Find someone has snapped up the seat by the fire.

No need to stress, there is a second fire!

Hop Temple

If beer is more your thing, then how does cold ales and brew food on a comfy couch by the fire sound? Yes, we like the sound of it too.

Well you’ll find just that in the very trendy lounge at Hop Temple, which has been fitted out with vintage couches and chairs made for lounging in.

While you’re there we highly recommend pairing your beer with Hop’s very mouth-watering selection of pot-sized eats, like their Hop Sidewinders, popcorn chicken and mini smoked brisket tacos.

Aunty Jacks

Name a better pairing than beers and burgers… it’s tricky, but throw in a place by a woodfire and you’ve hit the jackpot.

There are plenty of comfy corners and big armchairs to choose from in this popular working brewery.

The Mallow

There’s no better time of year than winter to visit your favourite pub, so let us send you to one of Ballarat’s most-loved watering holes.

Enjoy a hearty pub meal with a contemporary twist as you indulge in some warming craft beers on tap.

Hideaway Coffee Bar

Warm up by fire while you indulge in cakes, toasties and pastries at one of Ballarat’s favourite neighbourhood cafes.

Pair it with a latte and you’re set!

Carboni’s Italian Kitchen

The fire will be roaring by the time you take a seat at this authentic Italian restaurant.

Whether you order a woodfired pizza or fresh ravioli and a bubbly prosecco, a visit here will give you serious Italy in winter vibes.

Hydrant Food Hall

Wander down the cobblestone laneway of McKenzie Street and you’ll be fooled into thinking you’re walking into an industrial warehouse precinct, but it’s all a façade (literally!).

Once you step inside the door of Hydrant Food Hall, you’ll find yourself in a beautifully restored building from the early 50s with a cosy wood fire taking centre stage and a seasonal menu just as impressive.

Johnny Alloo

Originally built in the 1870s, the owner of this quaint corner café has exposed the beautiful solid brickwork surrounding the building’s original wood fireplace in a transformation that has elevated the city’s café scene up yet another notch.

Once you step inside you know you’re in for a warming experience that goes well beyond good food.

Every winter, this becomes a very popular spot for locals looking to escape from the wintry chills outside.


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.