Beat’s guide to regional Victoria’s best bars and clubs

Beat’s guide to regional Victoria’s best bars and clubs

By Saskia Morrison-Thiagu

For when you’re on the road.

The Faux Social Club – Ballarat

In the heart of Ballarat and closing at 5am, the Faux Social Club is the last night spot open on weekends in the area. The venue is intimate and modern – the interior looks like a library meets New York Jazz club – making it the perfect spot for kick ons. Carrying a unique drinks list, ranging from beetroot margaritas to house tap beers, The Faux Social Club is a happy medium between hipster bar and naughty nightclub.

Find The Faux Social Club at 209 Mair St, Ballarat.

 Shingo’s in Shepparton

Shingo’s is the perfect place to chill out and grab a coffee or party on through the night to some old school R&B. This quirky hidden gem is owned by, would you believe it, a man named Shingo who has decorated the spot with retro memorabilia reminiscent of a 1970s diner. Not only is Shingo’s a café and bar, the venue also hosts open mic nights for those looking to take their music career to the next level. Or those just looking to embarrass themselves after a few cold ones.

Find Shingo’s at 173 Corio St, Shepparton.

Kaystreet Entertainment Complex – Traralgon

The country rival to Cloud Nine in Melbourne, Kaystreet is made up of the Inferno Nightclub, Saloon Bar and Beer Garden. Kaystreet may just be the best thing to happen to Gippsland’s night life, with international and national touring acts like Grinspoon, Hilltop Hoods, Flo Rida, Birds of Tokyo, Pete Murray and DJs like Will Sparks and Teddy Cream each having headlined performances at the venue. It’s also located next to the Traralgon police station, so at least you know if you get a bit too rowdy you have a place to crash for the night.

Find Kay Street Entertainment Complex at 19-23 Kay Street, Traralgon. 

Handlebar – Bendigo

A cute little spot in Bendigo’s CBD, Handlebar is open from Thursday to Sunday from 2pm ’til late, so you can head there for after lunch drinks, to blow off some steam after work or on a night that takes an upbeat turn. There’s never a dull moment at Handlebar, with comedy, jazz nights and bangers galore. Do you think you can handle it?

Find Handlebar at 73 Mitchell St, Bendigo.

Four Pillars Gin Distillery – Healesville

If gin and tonic is your poison, then Four Pillars Gin Distillery needs to be on your radar. Only an hour outside of Melbourne, the Four Pillars Gin Distillery is perfect for those looking to test their taste buds with some gin tasting. While you sip your g&t, you’ll have a perfect view of the Four Pillars Distillery equipment as all their gin is made onsite. Now, that’s some nice machinery.

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Find Four Pillars Gin Distillery at 2a Lilydale Road, Healesville.

Ms Bartronica – Geelong

Ms Bartronica is the lady friend of Melbourne bar Bartronica. Located in Geelong, Ms Bartronica  provides  a great atmosphere for drinks with mates. However, you might not be mates by the time you leave after you have a go versing each other in one their classic arcade games, like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man or Mario Kart. You’ll never want to leave Geelong or get the dastardly V-line again once you go to Ms Bartronica.

Find Ms Bartronica at 159 Ryrie Street, Geelong.

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