Top pubs and breweries you must try in Geelong

Wondering where to go for a night out in Geelong? Here are the coolest places to head to for a drink and a bite.

A spread of food at Flying Brick Cider House in Geelong.
  • Samantha Alleman
  • October 2019

Whether you’re after a lazy summer afternoon bevvy, a hopping night out or the best place to watch a Geelong Cats game, these must-visit pubs, breweries and hotels are not just great for a drink - they do fab food as well.

Flying Brick Cider House

Whether you pull up a chair in the light-filled restaurant overlooking a vineyard or sink into a beanbag on the lawn, this is the perfect spot for a boozy lunch – and just 20 minutes from Geelong. It would be criminal not to try the cider (choose from apple, pear or draught) and fitting to opt for one of the apple-inspired mains, such as mustard cider pork shoulder and confit pork belly with saffron apple.

1251 – 1269 Bellarine Hwy, +61 (0)3 5250 6577, Wallington, opens in new window

The Geelong Hotel

While the original Geelong Hotel is long gone, this incarnation is a relatively new – and modern – kid on the block. The building was home to the Corio Hotel until it received a revamp and name change in 2015. It’s popular with uni students and hosts vegan banquets on the first Monday of each month (AUD $50 for a three-course meal). Match the granola-topped beetroot salad with a vegan wine.

69 Yarra St, +61 (0)3 5223 2946, opens in new window

A plate of gnocchi at The Geelong Hotel
The menu at the revamped Geelong Hotel has something for everyone.

The Lord Nelson

There may be a Lord Nelson pub in every city but this Victorian-style bar has retained its 1920s facade. Over the years it has remained a firm favourite among locals, who flock to the pub’s expansive beer garden (Geelong’s biggest) in summer. The Nelson is also renowned for its steak menu – try the “tomahawk”, a one-kilo rib eye, if you’re particularly ravenous.

Cnr Bellerine St & Malop St, +61 (0)3 5222 8756, opens in new window

Little Creatures Brewery

Venture down Swanston Street towards the Barwon River and you can’t miss the red-brick chimney of the old textile mill, which is now home to Little Creatures Brewery. Order a pizza in The Canteen and don’t skip dessert – the honeycomb ice-cream sandwich is delicious. Right next door is White Rabbit, a sister establishment with a provedore-led menu.

221 Swanston St, +61 (0)3 5202 4009, opens in new window

A chef prepares pizzas at Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong
Wash down a pizza with a beer (or two!) at Little Creatures Brewery.

Valhalla Brewing & Taproom

Gypsy brewers Valhalla travelled on down from Torquay to Geelong to open a taproom late last year. The venue, located centrally on Union Street, showcases Valhalla’s beers as well as a selection of Australian and New Zealand brews. The menu on offer is small but the toasted jaffles (including spaghetti bolognaise and mac and cheese with pickles) are hearty enough to keep you upright.

12-14 Union Street, +61 (0)431 474 721, opens in new window

The Barwon Club Hotel

Local and international acts have performed at The Barwon Club for the last 30 years. Music lovers can grab a quick feed in the front bar before a show.

509 Moorabool St, +61 (0)3 5221 4584, opens in new window