Scott in Bright Brewery's beer garden, Bright, High Country, Victoria, Australia
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Beer gardens

As the days get longer and the sun gets hotter there's no better way to cool off, unwind and spend time with friends than with an ice cold beer at a local beer garden.

Pop into a leafy city courtyard, enjoy a brew and a BBQ overlooking the Yarra River, or while away the afternoon on a lush green lawn with crisp beers, fresh local seafood and breathtaking bayside views. From city hideaways and historic pubs to riverside, lakeside and bayside beer gardens, there are plenty of options to keep you refreshed all year long. Get the gang together and try out some of the favourites listed below or hit the road and put together your own list.

Melbourne

The Standard Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Santana Rudge

The Standard

This is how things used to be. Have a pint in the public bar, down a steak, or relax with mates in the leafy beer garden.

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The Boatbuilders Yard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Boatbuilders Yard

While away the afternoon, enjoy an after-work beer in the sun, or tuck into snacks from the BBQ at this city favourite next to the Polly Woodside.

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Great Northern Hotel, North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Great Northern

Set amid the tree-lined streets of North Carlton, this reinvigorated classic has been keeping the locals refreshed since its opening way back in 1883.

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Village Brasserie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Village Melbourne

Choose from a list of local and imported craft beers and complement your ales with simple brasserie meals designed to be shared with friends.

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Riverland, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Riverland

Walk down from Princes Bridge and join the merry throng along the banks of the Yarra River. Grab a beer, hit the BBQ and watch the boats go by.

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Around Victoria

Portsea Hotel

Portsea Hotel

Settle into this local fave, situated on the Portsea front beach overlooking Port Phillip Bay and just five minutes from Point Nepean National Park.

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Goldmines Hotel, Bendigo, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia

Goldmines Hotel

Stop for a pint at this once-dreary country pub, now boasting a wide range of craft beers, lush green gardens, and friendly atmosphere to match.

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Bright Brewery Building

Bright Brewery

Relax on the terrace amidst the stunning scenery of the Ovens River and choose from six mountain-crafted beers along with seasonal varieties.

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