Step back in time and experience the soul of Aussie culture as you explore the rich tapestry of traditional and modern Bathurst pubs in this down-to-earth town.
For many Australians, a trip to the local pub is a quintessential part of our culture, where we come together to share stories and a few drinks with old friends and new. Nowhere is this truer than in the charming town of Bathurst, where you’ll find an abundance of traditional pubs that capture the Aussie spirit, as well as some funky, modern re-vamped watering holes that add a fresh twist to the mix.
The George Hotel
One of a handful of classic pubs with a modern flair in Bathurst, The George Hotel has been architecturally designed and recently renovated, giving it a boutique feel but maintaining the allures of a classic regional pub.
Top-notch beers are always on tap at The George Hotel.
The menu is a step above your average pub grub, with a focus on locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. There are plenty of options to choose from at the bar – with an abundant selection of local, national, and international beverages and an impressive wine list.
Don’t miss out on their drool-worthy desserts.
There’s live music, trivia nights, a friendly atmosphere, and everything you love about a night out at the pub.
Sip citrusy cocktails at The George Hotel.
Nested away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, across from the railway station, The Victoria is a hidden gem in Bathurst, offering a fresh and funky twist on the traditional Aussie pub. The vibe is quirky, cool, and a little bit arty with modern decor and an eclectic art gallery.
The Victoria has a bustling beer garden. (Image: Trent Cash)
The bistro serves up mouth-watering goodness with plenty of options for everyone (including vegan and gluten-free), and there’s a big beer garden that’s perfect for lazy afternoons. The accommodation is a standout if you’re keen to be amongst it, and their stylish rooms have everything you need.
Indulge in a dessert-tasting platter at The Victoria pub. (Image: Gem Climpsam)
The Oxford Hotel
Right in the heart of town is The Oxford Hotel – a classic Aussie pub with everything you need for a fun, friendly feed or night out. There’s an impressive collection of sporting memorabilia adorning the public bar and a wide selection of beers on tap.
The beer garden invites you to take in the sights and sounds of Bathurst, and the vibe is down-to-earth and vibrant. The onsite restaurant, Dogwood BX, offers a massive menu of classic American-style BBQ dishes, as well as your favourite pub classics.
With a nightclub and big beer garden, The Ox gets pretty busy on the weekends, attracting an eclectic crowd as the night goes on.
The Knickerbocker Hotel
The Knickerbocker Hotel is the kind of Bathurst pub you might imagine yourself kicking back and whiling away the hours chatting with a long-time-local. The pub grub is simple, classic, and delicious, and the vibe is nostalgically nineties. If you’re lucky, you might even win a meat tray.
If you’re looking for an authentic Bathurst pub experience, the Family Hotel will meet your expectations with its chilled-out atmosphere and nostalgic vibes. This classic, small-town Aussie pub is right in the heart of town.
Head to the Family Hotel for an awesome pub experience.
The menu is filled with pub classics, daily specials, burgers, and kids’ meals, making it a great option for a family feed. There are also plenty of activities to keep you entertained – from trivia to bingo and $14 cocktails during happy hour.
The Family is perfect for a feed and some beers.
The Dudley Hotel
Another classic Bathurst pub, The Dudley Hotel is down-to-earth and popular with long-time locals. It’s clean, classic, and welcoming with a sunny beer garden that overlooks the kids’ playground – where they’ll be safely contained while you enjoy a beverage. The menu is standard, hearty pub fare with lots of specials, and kids eat for free on Mondays making it even more enticing for families with littlies.
Elephant & Castle Hotel
Elephant & Castle oozes man cave vibes and old-school-Aussie grunge. It’s not the classiest establishment in town, but it makes up for it in character.
You might find yourself watching footy on the big screen, indulging in a cheap cocktail on the weekend, entering into the pool comp or playing a round of musical bingo. And of course – the simple menu offers classic, mouth-watering comfort food including a much-loved chicken schnitty.
The 1880 Hotel
The 1880 Hotel exudes understated class with its warm ambiance, and simple, modern vintage decor. It’s recently undergone a renovation making it a highlight on the Bathurst pub scene. There’s even a cute little whisky bar to cosy up in with a glass of red or one of the many quality spirits on offer.
No one will feel left out with plenty of nooks and crannies to relax in, including the sports bar. The undercover outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to enjoy some live music over a beautifully presented pub meal. Perfect for a low-key, relaxed evening with friends or a family outing (kids included!).
Jack Duggans Irish Pub
Recently revitalised by new owners, Jack Duggans Irish Pub is a down-to-earth, friendly, and charming Bathurst pub.
Nab a spot inside the rustic Jack Duggans Irish Pub.
The menu offers all the classic pub meals with some added Irish favourites like curry chips and Guinness pie, and you can wash them down with a pint for only $8 during happy hour on weekdays. There’s also a fun smorgasbord of family-friendly weekly events from live music to trivia.
There’s not much better than a fresh Guinness.
The Kings Hotel offers everything you’d expect from a humble, Aussie pub. Sports, trivia, live music, friendly vibes, and classic, well-done pub food right in the heart of Bathurst town.
The Rockley Pub
A half-hour drive from Bathurst, The Rockley Pub has recently been revamped by Australian food icon Matt Moran, who had a dream to reinvent this historical, small-town establishment – and it’s definitely worth a visit.
The Rockley Pub is an iconic landmark.
There’s an emphasis on pub food done really well with fresh, local produce, and a simple, drool-worthy food and beverage menu. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, and a relaxed, buzzing vibe (everyone’s clearly a little bit excited about this place) nestled in a peaceful landscape in the middle of a charming, tiny country town.
A classic burger done to perfection at The Rockley Pub. (Image: Emily Murphy)
If you’re after a dependable and cosy RSL experience, the Bathurst RSL won’t disappoint. From the bright carpets reminiscent of the ‘80s to the lively lighting and classic bistro dishes, this regional RSL has all the expected trimmings.
Bathurst RSL is a great place to relax.
There’s no shortage of entertainment with weekly bingo, indoor bowls, raffles, trivia, poker, and live music. It’s clean, comfortable, and an easy place for a family meal.
Stop by Bathurst RSL for a night of entertainment.
If a good, old-fashioned leagues club is up your alley then you’ll love what’s on offer at Panthers Bathurst.
It’s bright and friendly with classic bistro fare and weekly events that make for a fun night out for sports fans and live entertainment enthusiasts. Fun for all ages – they even have a weekly lunchtime chair yoga class.
Get the best bang for your buck at Panthers Bathurst.
Hill End and Sofala
If you’re up for a drive, the historic towns of Hill End and Sofala offer some of the best classic Aussie pubs around, transporting you back to a simpler time.
Check out the vintage Royal Hotel Sofala.