Howlin' Wolf Whiskey Bar Wollongong
The Howling Wolf Bar is the local authority on whiskey and with a line-up of live music, you’re basically guaranteed a good night out here. Don’t worry, whiskey isn’t all that these guys get right – the cocktail list is definitely worth a look in too.
North Wollongong Hotel
Featuring three bars, a notable beer garden and a gourmet bistro, the ‘North Gong’ is an iconic institution in the Illawarra region. The go-to place to start or finish your night, The North Gong may be famous but they have a self-proclaimed infamous Schnitty. Try it if you’re game, it’s called the Ultimate for a reason.
The historic ambience of The Berry Hotel creates a hub for travelers and locals to meet, relax and enjoy a bevvie or two. Built in 1863, the buildings’ remnants and collectibles are on display and are a very present reminder of the charm of yesteryear. Modern bistro fare can be enjoyed in The Coach House restaurant by one of their many open fires!
The Scarborough Hotel
An Illawarra institution, The Scarborough is a seaside pub with a laid-back vibe. The Seacliff Beer Garden is the place to be, with a mix of tables and huts, and a menu featuring pub mains, craft beers and Australian wines. Perched upon a cliff, the pub enjoys uninterrupted ocean views that are as breathtaking as you’d imagine. There’s also a grassy area for the little ones to play making this a great family outing.
Jose Jones Restaurant & Bar
Four in one, Jose Jones is a restaurant, bar, café and coffee roastery. Feel like some eggs benny for brunch? Tick! Locally caught fish for dinner? Tick? A jug of sangria with gourmet, bite-size tapas plates? Tick and tick. With all bases covered, there’s really no reason not to stay all day. You can always duck to the beach (100 meters away) in between meals to break up the eating fest.
Queen St Eatery
European in style and relaxed in vibe, Queen St Eatery is as beautiful as it is delicious. The locals love this refined restaurant and wine bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sitchu tip: come in for dinner and sample their French-influenced delicacies paired with a glass (or bottle) of French red.
His Boy Elroy
His Boy Elroy is a little laneway bar and burger joint that’s all about serving up burgers and brisket – à la South American. The shakes are compulsory, well, they ought to be when they’re this good. What’s not compulsory is the shot of bourbon you can add to them, but we think this is a very necessary add on.