Best Outdoor Spaces for Beer, Wine, and Food

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Warm weather. Cold drinks. If you’re in Wangaratta for summer, you’ll want to find the best watering hole around. No matter what you may have in mind, there are so many options to choose from.  

Whether you want to include a scenic drive or a simple stroll, our region has plenty of beer gardens and alfresco dining to suit any occasion. You'll be able to drink in the latest ales and the summer sunset all at the same time.  

If you do opt to drive, make sure you do so responsibly and organise a safe way home ahead of time. Remember: if you drink, don’t drive. 

 

King River Brewing 

This rustic taproom offers twelve rotating taps and a large beer garden with alfresco dining. There is plenty of space for the kids to play while the adults laze away in the shade of a functioning brewery. 

Located just a 30-minute drive south of Wangaratta, King River Brewing has something for everyone. Their menu has a dozen pizzas to choose from, as well as tasty plates like the King River Nachos or the Beer-Braised Lamb Shank. 

 

Mountain View Hotel 

A little further south from King River Brewing, this is a boutique venue in Whitfield which includes accommodation and a creek-side alfresco area.  

Spend your day sightseeing the local lookouts or playing a round on the neighbouring golf course before putting your feet up at amongst some beautiful gardens at the Mountain View

The Hotel is owned by the Pizzini family who you may recognise from Pizzini Wines, meaning their European-inspired menu is an absolute winner! 

 

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McEvoy Tavern 

Where else would you find “The smallest pub in Victoria” than the old gold mining town of Eldorado. McEvoy Tavern is your best chance to experience “true blue” Aussie pub grub.  

Owners Christine and Terry arrived in town in 2009, while the pub has existed since 1991 when it was separated from the general store next door.  

Lunch is available Wednesday to Sunday, and dinner is on from Wednesday to Saturday night. But make sure you book for large groups – it’s called the smallest pub for a reason!  

 

The Vine Hotel 

This iconic hotel gained its licence back in 1864, while the existing building was erected in the 1880s. If you know your High Country history, you’ll know that means Ned Kelly may have once stopped in at The Vine Hotel.  

Follow in the footsteps of bushrangers and gold miners alike, as you soak in a charming Aussie atmosphere. The Vine is open five days a week for lunch and dinner, with live music often ringing off its red tin roof.  

 

Hobbledehoy Distillery & Cafe 

If you want a true taste of Wangaratta and its surrounds, make your way to Hobbledehoy where many meals are made using the freshest local produce. 

Watch the world go by from this quaint little cafe, with a cocktail in hand and a range of cakes made in-house. They’re open for breakfast and lunch, with the distillery to be opened in 2024. 

 

Need More Inspiration?  

There are so many venues to choose from in Wangaratta and its surrounds. Just browse through our Food & Wine page to discover your perfect pub. There is sure to be an outdoor dining experience that you’ll dream of enjoying for plenty of summers to come.