8. Hotel Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula
While the Continental Hotel and Portsea Pub have long lured Victorians to the Positano end of the Mornington Peninsula, over the past few years, Hotel Sorrento has become one of the region’s hottest cosmopolitan hangouts. Make no mistake, this is not your average coastal pub.
The stately sandstone castle, which stands proudly atop the Sorrento clifftops as you round the bend into town, is old-world charm meets modern luxury, personified. With a sprawling rooftop terrace, award-winning restaurant and carefully-curated cocktail bars, this seaside stunner offers something for everyone.
9. Wye Beach Hotel, Wye River
If brilliant beach views are more your style, look no further than the Wye Beach Hotel. Nestled into the cliff side overlooking the moody indigo hues of Wye Beach, the iyllic coastal pub is the ideal spot for seaside sips and post-surf feasts. The BBQ pulled pork hotdog, served on a brioche Zeally Bay bun with chipotleslaw and chips, is a must try.
10. Mountain View Hotel, Wandiligong
When it comes to northern stars, the Wandi Pub shines bright. This laid-back Bright local is run by a couple of mates and that's exactly what dining there feels like. While the rambling beer garden might be blanketed with white powder during the ski season, there's plenty of room to relax, unwind and warm up inside.
Whatever you do, don't miss the honey and rosemary lamb snags with what could be the state's best mashed potato and bacon butter peas. And instead of dessert, opt for a coffee s'more instead. Because any cocktail that comes with a shot of espresso, Baileys, vodka, a chocolate ripple biscuit and a toasted marshmallow is a winner in our books.
Heading up to the ski fields? There's even a shuttle service to get you to and from safely.
11. Buchan Caves Hotel, Buchan
When the original Buchan Caves Hotel burned down in 2014, the local community rallied behind owners Marg and Greg Brick to get their local rebuilt and, after launching an online campaign in 2015, the Buchan Caves Hotel became the first crowd-funded pub in the world.
Though the building is new, the pub’s rich history dates back to the 1800s, when it was a meeting point for tourists on their way and from the nearby limestone caves. Stop in for a parma – a house specialty.