Our newly renovated Bar was officially launched over the Melbourne Cup long weekend and it was an exciting event for all - the beer was flowing, the music was pumping and the food was sensational!

The new bar has been completely transformed from its original dark and tiresome state into a modern, fresh and inviting social space that is both warm and friendly, and features wide timber windows that take full advantage of the beautiful views of the Apollo Bay foreshore.

The Wormy Chestnut bar top is just stunning and is complimented by original Blackwood timber (recycled from the Hotel bistro) on the bar face, together with a soothing colour palette of greens and a bold contrast of black, the bar is stylish and sleek.

Another feature is the wrap-around bottle shop, showcasing a wide selection of wines and spirits ready for purchase. There is also a huge beer and ready-to-drink fridge nestled in the bar corridor leading into a newly constructed pool lounge with a bright blue modern pool table!

The new bar can be accessed directly from Moore street, from inside the bistro or from the alfresco dining area - with louver windows opening up to a clever serving area, ideal for summer!

Inside Apollo Bay Hotel's newly renovated bar

Inside the bar - stunning Wormy Chestnut bar top.

Bar Interior

Inside the bar - the new windows capture the views of the Apollo Bay foreshore.

Bottle Shop - Spirits and Wine

Our brand new wrap around bottle shop with an extensive wine and spirits selection.

Louvre window bar service

Order directly from our Alfresco dining area via the clever louver windows.

New Bar Menu

Our new Bar menu is already proving to be a winner, featuring American-style snacks and sharing plates, as well as traditional pub fare, pizza and seafood. The kitchen and front of house staff were absolutely slammed over the weekend, serving up over 1000 covers... (and they're tired), but they loved it! Here are just a few of our tasty new dishes on offer:

Deluxe Bacon Dog

Deluxe Dog

Gourmet Otway sausage topped with grilled bacon, fried onions, cheese and American mustard, nestled in a sourdough bun.

Seafood Sampler

Seafood Sampler

A selection of hot and cold seafood served with fresh salad, chips and dipping sauces.

Loaded Fries

Loaded Fries

Fat fries loaded with Chorizo and crispy bacon, topped with caramelised onion and mozzarella cheese.

Live Entertainment

Our eclectic mix live entertainment over Bar Launch saw Irish folk music, DJ's, solo acoustic artists and full on bands perform at their peak. The devine Mae Parker was definitely a highlight - she and her Hot Club band rocked the crowd in the bar on Sunday night with some serious entertainment!

Mae Parker and Hot Club at Apollo Bay Hotel

Mae Parker and Hot Club

Little Plough - Bar Launch

Little Plough

We're now looking forward to settling into our brand new space and inviting you and yours to join us over a few bevvies and a Deluxe Bacon Dog!

Acknowledgements go to James Bate - Bate Design Strategies, Spence Construction and Management and Staff at Apollo Bay Hotel for their tireless efforts in bringing this wonderful project and launch to fruition. A job well done!

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