It’s the feeling you get when you put on an old pair of jeans and find a $20 note in the pocket. Like when you are running late and the guy leaving the car park gives you his parking ticket with just enough time on it to save you buying one.
It’s like a cracking op-shop find. Uncovering a band that none of your mates are on to yet. Perfecting chicken soup. A hand-me-down watch that fits to perfection… It’s that same little rush you’ll feel when you walk into The Western.
It’s been almost two years now since a few local Ballarat boys gave The Western the old ‘Joan Rivers’ - a little nip here and a small tuck there - to bring this grand dame back to life and into the 21st century. Since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength, much like Joan herself.
Welcome to the all-singing, all-dancing, Western Hotel…
It's the list that everyone wants to be on, now here's your chance!
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There’s the old favourites. There’s the new favourites. There’s the favourites you don’t know are favourites yet.
“The Western Hotel prides itself on its use of local and seasonal produce…”..BLAH BLAH BLAH.
At The Western, it’s the usual spiel, with an unusual twist. Of course we source local whenever possible. Of course it’s seasonal and fresh. And of course there’s something for everyone. But did you know we do food all day? Did you think we’d have staff that have been through rigorous, military-style training on perfectly matching whatever you choose to eat with a beer or wine from our extensive beverage list? Did you even conceive that it might be a menu that encompasses everything you love about Ballarat pubs, Melbourne pubs and that little pub you found all those years ago in that far-flung corner of the globe where although you were only there two nights, the barman remembered your name, the waitress hugged you when you left and the dog out the front looked at you as if to say, “where are you going?”…?
Food. It’s for eating. And enjoying with friends. Any time of the day!
Where Blundstones meet Blahniks and chew the fat with Havianas. Moccasins didn’t get in. When we were renovating all those years ago (two), we found those classic multi-coloured vinyl tiles under the carpet, under the tiles, under the carpet. And we almost kept them.
It summed up what The Western public bar is all about – A little bit party. A little bit old school. Plenty of serious business, with the potential for a break-out of fun at any minute. Like your pops cardigan coming back into fashion – old school coming through with the goods.
And don’t even get us started on the beverage list. We’ve got a cracking range of beers, including a fine selection of tap beer, craft beer both local and international and a few sneaky surprises to keep your interest up. This is joined by a short but sharp cocktail list and a wine list with a little something for everyone.
More your cold-filtered coffee than your chocolate Big M.**
Go you good thing!
Where the action / magic happens. With a state-of-the-art TAB facility, you can’t help but back winners*. Catch all the sports action from around the globe. Racing. Football. The other football. Cycling. Equestrian. NRL. NFL. The list goes on.
In all seriousness though, The Western is serious about sport. Seriously. If there’s a game / race / event you just can’t miss, just let us know. We’ll make sure it’s on the biggest screen in town, and we’ll provide you the luckiest*, shiniest betting facilities this side of the river.
The Pavillion is a place to relax and unwind in front of the fire. Thinks Chesterfields. Think warm rugs. Think open fire place, quality wine and good times. Turtle-necks optional.
The Pavillion is a little like Switzerland. The action of The Garden to the east, and the carry-on from the TAB, Public Bar and Bistro to the West. All the while, The Pavillion sits in the middle. Quietly. Doing it’s thing. Not trying to be anything it’s not.
Not as rowdy as the Public Bar, and not quite as outside as The Garden.
We think it might be the dark horse in this whole operation of ours – that little nugget that flies under the radar, yet manages to really make your night… It’ll be the little corner you lose hours in, discussing all the big issues – fold or scrunch, Grigio or Gris, vinyl or tape, tomato or tomato.
The Garden. Much like a beer garden, only better. This garden is on the site of Australasia’s first ever beer garden*.
There is a rich tradition on this ground of frivolity, boisterosity, and general good cheer. We promise to do our best to keep up this tradition.
The Garden will be a hive of activity come the summer months and due to some remarkable, surprisingly clever design, may even remain so throughout the winter – think outdoor bar, Coronas, Pinot Grigio and a few cheeky cocktails, some lazy afternoon tunes, and a bunch of your mates catching up as the sun goes down (or the rain goes sideways). Wow.
To the mix, we’ve added some big screen TV’s, a big open fire-place and some colourful umbrellas. And a roof. And heaters.
The Garden. To be enjoyed year round.
Just imagine...it’s Saturday night and you’re in the thick of it. The dance floor is full, the tunes are setting the room on fire, the cocktails are flowing, the mood is just right. Then all of a sudden – Noooooooooo! The ugly lights get cranked to full noise. What? It can’t be 1.00 already.
a. finish your drink as fast as you can then make a mad dash for the door to get to the front of the line for cabs, ignoring all the signs from that cute guy / girl across the bar?
b. Take your time finishing your drink, deciding exactly how you are going to make your move on the above-mentioned guy / girl, before security ask you politely to make your way to the door (our security are good like that). By then you realise all the cabs are gone and it’s going to be a long walk / wait in that famous sideways Ballarat rain. And to make matters worse, the souva shop is closed.
c. Slowly finish your drink and meander upstairs, tucked up in bed even before the friendly bar staff have had time to discuss who got the votes…
The Western offers great budget accommodation for that weekend getaway, featuring 8 dorm style rooms. Our rooms offer a number of different layouts and are situated on the first floor of the hotel with 24hr access, perfect for a weekend getaway or a stopover to check out all that Ballarat has to offer. There is a communal TV/lounge room and kitchenette available as well. Our rooms are perfect for groups so don’t forget to ask about a group rate.
Rooms include fresh linen, towels and basic tea/coffee making facilities, and offer shared amenities. Due to the budget rates and close proximity to the CBD, these rooms are often booked out so we suggest you book well in advance so that you can enjoy your stay.
CHECK IN STRICTLY FROM 2PM - 9PM. CHECK OUT 10AM.
sleeps up to 6 people
sleeps 1 person
sleeps up to 2 people
Linen provided includes towel & pillows. Additional surcharges may apply for weekends and peak periods. Check in time is after 2.00pm each day and check out at 11am. Rooms are basic old school pub rooms. Shared amenities including bathroom, television room and kitchen.
Just like when you and your brother / sister were at your nans, we want you to have fun, but without breaking anything. We’re all about having a great time here at The Western and we want everyone to be able to do the same. As a result, if your behaviour is affecting someone else’s night, we’ll probably tap you on the shoulder and show you the door. If we don’t, your mates will. And no choc-chip biscuits for you.