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 rush of blood you’ll feel when you see what’s happened to your old favourite – The Western Hotel.
If you’re old enough (80+, in which case you may not be so internet savvy...), you’ll remember a time when The Western was king of the hill. But aside from the weekend of the Ballarat Flower Show in 1936, this grand dame of the Ballarat social scene of old has been neglected for too long.
But much like Joan Rivers, it took nothing more than a little nip here and a small tuck there to bring this grand dame back to life and into the 21st century.
Welcome to the all new Western Hotel...
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’re doing 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.
Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness.
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 continue this tradition.
The Garden will be a hive of activity come the summer months and even 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. 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.
* Not true
Wednesday 24th December from 7pm
DUST OFF YOUR INFLATABLE THONG
*With any full-paying adult main meal
$25 WITH A FREE BEER OR WINE
Wednesday $10 pizza all night
& Ping Pong Comp with your chance to win $50 drink card!
2 words - chicken parma
Friday lunch - done. Check out Facebook each Friday!
Happy Hour from 5 including the return of the MEAT TRAY. Old School.
Cool tunes and accoustic grooves live in the garden.
DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE 3 FUNCTION SPACES?!, call 03 5332 2218 to discuss your ideas and make a booking or .
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.
Our newest addition, 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.
In creating The Pavillion, we have tried to create a space that’s 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.
Where Blundstones meet Blahniks and chew the fat with Havianas. Moccasins didn’t get in.
When we were renovating 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.
Where the action / magic happens. With a brand new, 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 newest, shiniest betting facilities this side of the river.
* Not true
Whilst the tradies have not turned their attention to upstairs yet, the Western still offers great budget accommodation for that weekend getaway with the boys or girls.
The Western hotel offers accommodation, featuring 8 country style hotel 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.
Bookings can be made by calling 03 5332 2218 or by
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sleeps up to 6 people
$ 20 pp
$ 30 pp
sleeps 1 person
sleeps up to 2 people
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Last time The Western looked this good, if you played up you got dragged down the street behind a horse and cart. We’re all about having a great time here at The Western. But 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.