Edge is in a great spot right on the waterfront, the walls open to spill out onto decks and alfresco areas with views of Corio Bay. Solid menu including plenty of sharable, snacky options and staff are good with a cocktail.
In East Geelong, just a couple of minutes from the city, ‘The Elephant’ is part owned by colourful Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons – and loads of his art, décor and work adorns the walls and upstairs exhibition space. A really big menu with good options for dietary requirements, making it perfectly suited for groups.
Pre or post footy drinks: Sawyers Arms Tavern, Lord of the Isles, Barwon Club Hotel
Depending on which direction you’re coming from, there are a few pubs within a kick of Simonds Stadium perfect for before or after the match. Sawyers Arms (known to locals as “Clats Pub” – it’s been owned by the Clatworthy family for more than 60 years) is in Noble Street, Lord of the Isles is on West Fyans Street and Barwon Club is just a block south from the ground on Moorabool Street.
Arvo drinks in a beer garden: Lord Nelson Hotel.
The Lord Nelson on Bellerine Street – has a funky new outdoor space with a stand alone bar. There’s also great tapas on the menu alongside more traditional pub fare of good steaks, chicken parma and even a mixed grill! Edge on the waterfront is also an awesome spot to take your drink outdoors when the sun's out.
Live music + a bar: The Workers Club Geelong.
The recently opened Workers Club Geelong is hosting some seriously great musicians. Plus trivia, drink specials and an overall cool vibe, it's a top pub. The Barwon Club (The BC to locals) has a long established reputation for live music and has hosted some top Australian and international acts.
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