Ballarat’s best laneway bars and spaces

Ballarat’s historic laneways are one of its most prized features, especially since they lead to a space of culinary delights and artistic wonders.

Here are the top spaces in Ballarat to access via a laneway.

Hop Temple


Probably one of our city’s most iconic alleyways, Hop Lane will lead you through an umbrella-clad laneway to the beer hall that is Hop Temple. Serving up the best craft beer, wine and spirits from Ballarat and surrounds (as well as some equally indulgent brew food), it’s a haven for the hungry thirsty.

Hydrant Food Hall


Venture down McKenzie Lane and you’ll read this elusive cafe that only the locals know about. Serving up Seven Seeds coffee and some beautiful brunch and lunch dishes, Hydrant is a sure way to warm you up inside and out.

The Lane


On the other end of Hop Lane, you’ll find more food and fun at The George Hotel’s Lane. Settle in for some woodfired pizzas and drinks, and while the weekend away with some live local tunes.

The Lost Ones Basement Bar

In a hidden corner in the heart of Ballarat’s arts and cultural precinct, you’ll find a 19th century Masonic Lodge standing tall, proud and ominous. Look a little closer, and you’ll see an elusive laneway by its side, covered with vintage lampshades leading you to a secret hideaway. And what a hideaway it is! The Lost Ones Basement Bar plays host to the best whiskey and gin in the city, as well as some delightful share plates, dinner meals and nibbles. Combine this with live music every weekend, and you have your newest laneway love.

Unicorn Lane

Positioned in the city centre next to the historic Unicorn Cafe, this laneway is an art gallery in its own right. Showcasing works from local artists on rotation, you’ll be able to admire quirky and contemporary art while you wait for your coffee and cake.

Backspace Gallery

Backspace Gallery is located behind the Art Gallery of Ballarat, a hop, skip and jump down Police Lane. Featuring a variety of exhibitions from local artists, it’s a great space to appreciate the work of our prized creatives.

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