The Nerrina/Nerrina Hotel: The Nerrina in Ballarat North
The Nerrina is about 4 kms out of the centre of the city of Ballarat, and tends to specialise in a few tribute shows, functions, small concerts and other organised concerts and gigs during the year.
Update 2014: The pub is now run by a nice Chinese couple. You need to check ahead, as the restaurant is not always running. More a dinner thing on certain nights I think, but again need to check first.
Dress Code: the usual - can't turn up in singlet or thong shoes.
- Food and Dining
The Mallow Bar: Historic Pub
The Mallow is one of Ballarat's most historic pubs (1862 I think) and used to be quite traditional inside but has been really refurbished and modernised inside in the past few years.
I haven't eaten there in about 5 years so can't really comment.
Dress Code: Neat, casual dress (no singlets or thongs, as per usual in pubs)
- Budget Travel
- Beer Tasting
The Chapel Nightclub: Conversion
Thinking I would be able to glean more information off the net, I failed to take notes about this venue though, since it wasn't open when I was there, that would have been hard to do.
Obviously it's a converted chapel but, as to its opening hours or what you can expect inside, I have no idea.
- Budget Travel
The Bended Elbow: Disco and a drop
"Ballarat's newest and most exciting venue has arrived! Situated in the heart of Ballarat, the Bended Elbow offers the very best in dining, bar and entertainment. Ballarat's premium, pub and there are 20 varieties of beer on tap including our very own Ballarat Gold Ale - brewed right here in Ballarat!
The Bended Elbow can also cater for functions and events of all sizes from the smallest dinner party to a 700 person cocktail event!
The Basement @ The Bended Elbow is set to rock Ballarat to the core - with the very best headlining DJs - now you don't have to go to Melbourne to go out !"
Thus goes the blurb. I found it interesting that Melbourne, some distance away, is obviously considered a problem for the local nightclub scene.
Dress Code: No thongs
- Study Abroad
This is a must not miss show, make sure you book, you are picked up and taken around the park to a location to see this show, I wont say to much to ruin the night.
Its about the battle of the Eureka Stockade
in a show called Blood on the Southern Cross, It happened when nearly twice as many armed soldiers and Police charged the stockade., than the 150 men who were laying asleep on Dec, 3rd 1854..