Summer is just around the corner, and that generally means time in the sun, hitting up the beach, and some extremely cold beverages had in good company.
Like a lot of Melburnians I often find myself down on the Mornington Peninsula over the warmer months, whether it’s a crisp red up at Red Hill, fish and chips by the beach around the bottom half of the bay, or even just a beer at the pub—good times are guaranteed.
So, if you’re heading south for the summer, here are 5 new places to hit up once you’re down there.
St Andrews Beach Brewery
If you’re willing to wait it out, St Andrews Beach Brewery definitely rewards you in the end.
Crowds over summer are often hectic, but there are parking attendants on site to get you into the best position possible.
The taps pour four core beers, a US pale ale, Aussie lager, golden ale, and a pilsener. The menu also covers a lot of bases with everything from burgers and pizza to green tea soba noodles.
Red Gum BBQ
If hunger strikes you over summer, you’re going to need a venue that can fill you to the brim—Red Gum BBQ is exactly that place.
Formerly a pop-up, Red Gum BBQ’s new space is enormous and serves up copious amounts of smoked meats, mac ‘n cheese, and BBQ sauce in a communal setting.
There’s a bit of a theme occurring here, but it’s very hard to argue against the idea of a cold beer on a hot Melbourne day.
Sorrento Brewhouse is new to Ocean Beach Road and as the name suggests has a large focus on amber fluid.
You’ll find ales from the likes of Broo and Mildura Brewery, alongside cocktails, and casual food options such as burgers, a chicken parma, and calamari.
Red Hill South
While the venue itself has been there a while, the concept of Tuck’s Ridge is relatively new.
Tuck’s is owned and operated by next-door neighbour Montalto, and is actually the perfect summer hangout.
The venue has a relaxed vibe, plenty of seating inside, and out, as well as a massive lawn area by the vines for you to chill out with your friends.
If you can, grab a spot on the giant swing hanging from the massive tree by the building.
Morgan’s Beach Shack
Another in the has-been-there-a-while-but-has-had-a-refresh stakes is Morgan’s Beach Shack in Sorrento.
Morgan’s reopened on Melbourne Cup weekend and has been refreshed to take on a vibe straight out of The Hamptons.
The likes of Dave Stewart (Ascot Food Store) and Paul Tyas (Grosvenor Hotel) have both had a say in the new food offering. Expect the likes of seafood linguini with local mussels, prawns, scallops, and vongole garlic, or Cape Cod-inspired lobster rolls—everything you’d expect from a beachside set up.
There are plenty more locations new and old to visit while you’re on the Mornington Peninsula. Here are a few others worth checking out:
- Montalto | For great wine, and great food.
- Bass & Flinders Distillery | For all things gin. You can even make your own.
- Johnny Ripe | For the best apple pies you’ll come across.
- Main Ridge Harvest | For simple meals with an amazing view.
- Jetty Road Brewery | For beers in a less than hectic setting.
- Buckley’s Chance | For pancakes, and lots of them.
On the city front, The Espy is reopening this month and they've just announced their first gig back. Read all about it here.
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