Great Beer Gardens & Beach Bars

Great Beer Gardens & Beach Bars

Embrace the coastal charm of Victoria’s finest beachside bars and restaurants. Whether it’s enjoying a cold drink with your toes in the sand or dining with a stunning sea view, these spots are not to be missed.

Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, Apollo Bay

Craft beer lovers, this one’s for you. With over 100 craft beers on offer, it might take you a while to taste your way through this drink list! Choose from independent and local drops like Prickly Moses, then kick back in the massive beer garden overlooking the Apollo Bay foreshore. Brews and views, what could be better? The Brewhouse is dog-friendly, so you can bring your four-legged friends and soak in the sights.

Bob Sugar, Torquay

Bob Sugar, a vibrant and trendy spot in Torquay, is a fusion of colourful ambience and exquisite Asian-inspired cuisine. Perfectly situated for those seeking restaurants with a view in Victoria, it offers a lively atmosphere with a creative cocktail menu, making it a must-visit for a unique dining experience and a bar near the beach.

Lorne Hotel, Lorne

Perched above the stunning Lorne Beach, the Lorne Hotel’s rooftop offers breathtaking panoramic ocean views. This iconic hotel is not just about comfortable stays but also boasts one of the best beachside bars in the region. Their bistro and beer garden provide the perfect backdrop for a relaxed meal or a drink, with the vast ocean stretching out before you.

The Gordon Hotel, Portland

A charming establishment, The Gordon Hotel in Portland trades to this day under the oldest continuous licence issued in Victoria. Despite its excellent view of the water, the pub maintains a welcoming atmosphere that perfectly complements a day spent by the sea. Renowned for its delicious local fare and friendly service, The Gordon is a delightful stop on your coastal journey.

Merrijig Inn Garden Bar, Port Fairy

Opposite the historic wharf, the Merrijig Inn Garden Bar is an intimate space for a laid-back gathering. Enjoy cocktails garnished with garden-fresh herbs and local, seasonal produce, all in a serene garden or under pine trees by the Moyne River.

Simon's Waterfront Bar, Warrnambool

Short of bars on the beach, it doesn’t get more beach-to-bar than at Simon’s Waterfront Bar. This casual restaurant and bar is located on top of the Surf Life Saving Club, just metres from the sandy beach. Snag a spot on one of the two decks for the best views in town, overlooking the endless blue rolling waves. A gourmet burger and cold beer just taste better in the sea breeze, right? And the decks are dog-friendly to boot!

Barrels Bar, Port Campbell

Barrels Bar in Port Campbell is a hidden gem along the Great Ocean Road, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner or a leisurely drink with the most stunning view in town. Indulge in a choice of cocktails, whisky flights, fine wines, or locally produced beers. The highlight here is the locally distilled Timboon Whisky and Spirits, making it a must-visit for those who appreciate fine spirits and breathtaking ocean vistas.

Drinks with a View on the Great Ocean Road

Embark on a culinary journey along the Great Ocean Road and discover the unparalleled charm of Victoria’s coastal eateries. From the vibrant atmosphere of Bob Sugar to the panoramic vistas at Lorne Hotel, the cosy warmth of The Gordon Hotel Portland, and the scenic beachfront allure of Barrels Bar, each venue offers a unique taste of the region’s diverse and rich flavours. These exceptional beachside bars and restaurants with a view in Victoria promise not only a feast for your palate but also a feast for your eyes with their stunning ocean views. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience these culinary gems and the other great restaurants and bars along the Great Ocean Road.

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