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Australia’s Best Regional Bars

18th Amendment Bar. Image: Up Event Photography

You’d never guess where the best regional bars are.

When it comes to a good night out, you need a good bar to go to. And guess what? Sometimes the best bars are not near a capital city. Sometimes, the best bars are out of the city, and commonly near a beach.

Thanks to Australian Bartender, we’ve got the ten best regional bars for you. This list was voted by the bar industry of Australia, with each housing their own level of uniqueness. So, without further ado, here are Australia’s best regional bars:

Coal & Cedar, NSW

At Coal & Cedar, not only do you get to sip on amazing concoctions, brews and wines, but you also get to undertake masterclasses to learn about it all. Become a master at shaking up classic and signature cocktails, or build an understanding of all things whisky. Then, afterwards, take a seat at the bar with some friends and enjoy a tipple or two. Beware when searching for it, though, this bar has no signage or doorbell.

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380/382 Hunter St, Newcastle

Dulcie’s Cottage, NSW

Far down on the south coast of NSW is the small town of Merimbula, featuring a bar that’s been making noise. Dulcie’s Cottage is exactly what it says: a cottage. But it serves up a menu that even small city bars will find hard to deliver. Think classic burgers, freshly shucked oysters, locally sourced beer and signature cocktails. The best part is, the bar has a doorstep that leads straight to the beach.

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60 Main St, Merimbula

Flaggerdoot, VIC

Mornington Peninsula isn’t exactly regional in the outback sense, but it’s enough to put Flaggerdoot on the list. This quaint cocktail lounge is part of Jackalope, a hotel that looks like the futuristic child of MONA down in Hobart, and their menu keeps to the same beat. Try their Holy Molé with Bulleit bourbon, cherry heering, chipotle, Averna, Mezcal and chocolate bitters. It’ll give you a mighty kick!

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166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North

Hooch & Fellow, QLD

If you’re looking for the best thing to do in Townsville, it’s having a social evening with friends at the Hooch & Fellow. It may be small, with enough seating for 40 people, but it’s got a big heart for cocktails and spirits. This bar can go from cosy and intimate on early nights to a great buzzing vibe as the night goes on, with everything from disco to classic rock tunes playing.

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183 Flinders St, Townsville

Howlin’ Wolf, NSW

Howlin’ Wolf, or the aptly subtitled Wollongong Whisky Bar, sets a world-wide precedent when it comes to whisky bars. That’s 260 different whiskies. Not only that, but they even serve up 50 different craft beers to match their burgers and your banter. Feel like a tour of the world of whisky? Simply sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with the hip bartender.

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103/53-61 Crown St, Wollongong

Jimmy Rum’s Mixing Lounge, QLD -

At Jimmy Rum’s Mixing Lounge, you’ll feel like a cool hipster pirate, sipping on tropical alcoholic concoctions that will warm your heart and fill your chest with hair. But what’s more is you can learn how to mix them yourself with their crafty cocktail classes. And the best thing? Jimmy Rum’s is only a hop, skip and a jump from the famed Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.

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13/53-61 Macrossan St, Port Douglas

Pocket Bar, NSW

There’s a pattern here. The best bars are near the beach! Pocket Bar is only an hour north of Sydney and serves up a mighty selection of cocktails, bar bites and hearty meals. They even share some live entertainment every week. If you require a sharp pick-me-up without the pinching taste, try their Watermelon Martini, featuring 42 Below Vodka, fresh watermelon chunks and kaffir lime.

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74 Terrigal Espl, Terrigal

Rosella’s, QLD

Rosella’s is a newly opened cheeky and fun bar on the Gold Coast, serving up delectable bites that match a fabulous list of cocktails, wines and tinnies. The menu really depends on how they’re feeling and what they can get their hands on, but they do have their staples. We recommend splurging on a Lorikeet Bird Bath, with Triple G Gin, Tromba Blanco, celery, cucumber, lemon, honey and vanilla yoghurt.

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1734 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads

The 18th Amendment Bar, VIC

Take a trip back to the Prohibition era, where it became illegal to sell, drink or bootleg alcohol. The 18th Amendment Bar takes a cue from Chicago in the early 20th century, featuring clandestine cocktails in a speakeasy atmosphere. We’ve got to recommend Giggle Juice, for both it’s quirky mix and funny name. In it, you’ll find your choice of gin, mandarin, citrus and yuzu that’s then topped with foam.

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82a Little Malop St, Geelong

Three Wolves, QLD

Good luck finding this place. Three Wolves is hidden down a red brick alleyway and supplies the good citizens of Cairns with a specialised whiskey collection among other spirits, beers, wines and cocktails. This rustic bar is the perfect place to escape and offers more than just sharp tastes. Go for the Chamomile High Club featuring scotch, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit juice, lime and house made chamomile tea syrup.

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32 Abbott St, Cairns

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