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Top 5 things to do after dark

Visit Ballarat

22 Feb 2021

Filed underMade of Ballarat

The sun has set but that doesn’t have to put an end to your Ballarat adventure. 

From evenings long into the night spent with friends over delicious food and cocktails, to live music and memorable theatrics, you’re bound to find plenty to do in Ballarat by night.

1. Eat until you can’t eat any more  
Ballarat is a mecca of exceptional chefs, fine food and an electric atmosphere. You just need to know where to find them. 
For those who struggle to decide what to eat, you’ve got options like the nine-courses of modern Asian at Moon and Mountain, the chef’s selection at vino and pasta joint Ragazzone, and feed me options at Pancho and Meigas that will keep you well feed long into the night.

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Catch up with friends over vino and Instagramable pastas at Ragazzone.

2. Catch a gig  
If you enjoy live music then you’re in luck! It doesn’t matter what weekend you’re here, there is bound to be music thundering from one of the city’s popular music venues. 
Catch your favourite band at Volta or request your favourite song at Piano Bar.

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Catch the mellow sounds of Freya Josephine Hollick and other Australian acts at Volta.

3. Aura 
Sit back and enjoy Sovereign Hill’s newest immersive theatre experience – Aura. Watch as land is transformed by the gold rush, and dive into the chaos of the Eureka rebellion as you witness the discovery of the world’s most precious metal. Keep an eye out for updates on the re-opening of Aura at

4. Sign up for an Eerie Ghost Tour 
Travel through underground buildings and back alleyways and visit the old Ballarat gaol – the site of the highest number of executions in Victoria outside of Melbourne – and hear dark tales of local haunts, all set against the backdrop of Ballarat’s beautiful Gothic-inspired architecture.

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Hear dark tales of local haunts and legends during an Eerie Ghost Tour.

5. Take your pick of award-winning drops, locally brewed beers and theatrical cocktails  
You’ll find plenty of liquid gold in Ballarat, and we’re not talking about the kind you’ll need to dig deep to find. 
Home to talented winemakers, experimental brewers and distillers and crafty bartenders, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a good drop of liquor. For a cold local brew check out Hop Temple and Aunty Jacks, Mitchell Harris is where you want to be for a glass of wine (or two). For gin we recommend Roy Hammond, and for cocktails you can’t go past 18th Amendment Bar and Renard.

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Mitchell Harris has been making wine since 2008, with a focus on reflecting the cool-climate characters of our nearby regions.

HOT TIP: For the best photos of a sunset in Ballarat, head to Lake Wendouree.


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.