By Bridget Donovan
November 8, 2020 | 4 minute read
Heading out with friends on a balmy evening for a cocktail, mocktail or ice cold bear is the essence of a summer vacation. Capture this bliss at one of Mornington’s many bars and restaurants. Enjoy the delicious drinks and nibbles on offer, whether you choose to settle in to one destination or make your way along Main Street on a bar hopping adventure!
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
One of the newest bars on the block, Wowee Zowee is a mix between a Rock'n'Roll dive bar and a diner. Music posters join a black backdrop and twinkly lights set the scene, with a friendly atmosphere to match. Pull up a handcrafted bar stool for a premium craft beer or sip on a Hells Bells cocktail.
Whatever you choose to drink, Southern US staples on the menu tempt you until you cave in, including plenty of fried chicken and mac & cheese donuts. Yes, you read that right.
If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere that combines a trendy bar scene with delicious Tapas, Casa de Playa is your ideal venue. Casa de Playa breathes life into the iconic 1800s building that is 39 Main Street with its modern take on traditional Spanish Tapas, perfect to enjoy as you sip a house Rosé or delicious cocktail.
With two levels of stylish bars there’s plenty of room to kick back and relax. Choose to sit upstairs on the balcony overlooking Main Street or downstairs so you're ready to easily move onto the next venue ...
Offering the best in contemporary and classic cocktails, a full range of spirits, local region wines and plenty of ice-old beers, the Publican is a popular venue that's perfect for drinks with friends or family. Alongside the extensive bar, The Publican boasts Mornington’s largest and only terrace on Main Street, making it the ultimate spot for socialising on a warm summer’s evening.
With lots of live acts on offer it's often bustling with a lively and exciting atmosphere. If you’re feeling a little peckish be sure to also check out the modern Asian fusion menu in Ms Banks restaurant.
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Merchant Lane is a fun relaxed venue that offers the best of both worlds - plentiful well-priced food and a fully stocked speciality beer bar. It's the perfect place for an easy dinner with family or a big night out with friends. Try the The Butchers Club on Monday, Merchant Mexicola on Tuesday, Parmaology on Wednesday, Bossman Burgers on Thursday, Pizza & Sides Friday and Saturday, and Roast on Sunday.
This venue also works for large groups, with the friendly staff happy to make everyone feel welcome. There's entertainment on offer and seating outside for when the weather is warm. Sip on a cool drink, enjoy the live music and make the most of summer at Merchant Lane.
Hidden away at the top end of Main Street is Mr Paul's, a bespoke bar that offers a wide range of beers and wines, including a few unusual ones to keep it interesting. The 12 beers on tap are always changing but include local favourites like Mornington Brewery, just a few kilometres up the road. Add in some of the best street food in town (the popcorn chicken is a winner) and you have a welcoming and easy venue for a relaxed night out.
Decorated in Baroque style, Brass Razu is a wine bar that's now in it's 10th year! A popular place for people who enjoy good wine, craft beer, or tasty cocktails, it offers a unique and comfortable decor including the Velvet Room, filled with comfortable sofas, the Main Bar and Outdoor Courtyard that let the evening breeze in, and the cosy Fireplace Room that's perfect in winter.
Try their famous Five Spirit Long Island Ice Tea, served in a silver teapot, that's perfect for sharing between friends. This venue really is a must-visit in Mornington for a fun night out!
Mornington is a great place to visit with family or friends, and when it comes to evenings out there are plenty of trendy places to enjoy.
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