The top beer gardens in Ballarat

Is there a better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon than enjoying a cold drink, good food and great company in a beer garden? 

From inner CBD gems to lakeside hot spots, we’ve got you sorted with our hit list of Ballarat beer gardens to check out during the warmer months. 

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Western Hotel
  • The Western Hotel (above)
    1221 Sturt Street, Ballarat 
    What you get: A modern pub with a sense of humour – plus a beer garden complete with big screen TVs and live music. 
     
  • The Sporting Globe 
    201 Mair Street, Ballarat 
    What you get: Premium sports bar and grill with casual dining options and rooftop terrace. 
     
  • Freight Bar & Restaurant
    Corner of Mair and Peel streets, Ballarat 
    What you get: Industrial-feel pub with modern bistro style/contemporary Australian menu, large deck and rustic beer garden. 
     
  • Hop Temple 
    Hop Lane (the rear of 24-28 Armstrong Street North), Ballarat 
    What you get: Hidden laneway food hall serving up more than 220 craft beer and ciders. 
     
  • The Red Lion Hotel 
    217-229 Main Road, Ballarat 
    What you get: Sports bar, TAB, restaurant, cafe, pokies, terrace deck and beer garden all at the one spot. 
     

The Provincial Hotel/Lola 
121 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat 
What you get: Stylish European-style dining in a boutique heritage hotel with summer courtyard. 

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The Lake View
  • The Lake View Hotel (above)
    22 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree 
    What you get: Contemporary venue with expansive deck and pergola overlooking Lake Wendouree. 
     
  • Winner Winner 
    32 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat 
    What you get: Deluxe fried chicken diner and courtyard in the heart of Ballarat’s Eat Street. 
     
  • The Yacht Club 
    18 Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree 
    What you get: Seasonal menu with unbeatable lakeside views from the deck.
     
  • The Mallow Hotel 
    20 Skipton Street, Ballarat 
    What you get: Cosy local with evolving selection of Aussie craft beer, premium local wines, quality pub grub and eclectic Yard Bar. 
     
  • Black Hill Hotel 
    502 Peel Street North, Black Hill 
    What you get: Friendly neighbourhood bar and bistro with undercover beer garden.
     
  • The Lane 
    27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat 
    What you get: Laneway bar and cafe with modern city-style food and live entertainment.