Finding fantastic breweries and pubs in the Snowy Mountains easy thanks to the region’s fast-growing craft beer and produce industry. Local makers are driven to create quality brews using ingredients sourced from around the region, including fresh water from the famous Snowy River. Want to taste for yourself? Here’s where you can seek out the best breweries and pubs in the Snowy Mountains…
Kosciuszko Brewing Company, Jindabyne
Located in Jindabyne adjacent to the Banjo Patterson Inn, this is where you will come across the home of the famous Kosciuszko Pale Ale. Staff are on hand to take you on a tour of the brew house and you may even bump into master brewer, Chuck Hahn, creator of the Hahn and Malt Shovel Breweries.
Jindabyne Brewing Company, Jindabyne
Another Jindabyne favourite, the Jindabyne Brewing Company started as a hobby for the owners but is now a fully-fledged and thriving microbrewery. You’ll find a pilsner, red x, veissbier, golden ale and more available on tap, along with share plates and snacks. All this can be savoured day or night but if you choose to enjoy your beer during the daylight hours, you can do so with stunning views of Lake Jindabyne.
Wildbrumby Distillery, Jindabyne
This is an absolute must-do experience when visiting the Snowy Mountains. Located on the Alpine Way, 10 minutes from Jindabyne, Wildbrumby distils its very own schnapps and gin and serves European inspired meals. The grounds around the Distillery are stunning, featuring manicured lawns where children can play and sculptures by local artists. Fruits and botanicals for the schnapps and gin are sourced from around the Snowy Mountains and you’ll also find many local ingredients on the menu.
The Man From Snowy River Hotel, Perisher
The Pub Bar at The Man From Snowy River Hotel is open from noon, offering views of Perisher from its stunning floor to ceiling windows or from the deckchairs that line its balcony on warmer days. All the traditional pub activates are on offer including pool and darts, plus live streaming of your favourite sports games and matches. Nothing beats a drink and a meal in front of the huge stone fireplace after a day spent cruising the mountain.
The Local Pub, Thredbo
The deck at Thredbo’s Local Pub is another incredible spot to sit back, relax, enjoy a beer and take in the action on the slopes. Behind the bar is a range of great brews including Kosciuszko Pale Ale on tap. The meals are a modern take on a pub style feed, think burgers along with hearty curries and filling salads. All this is available within the Thredbo Village, just a stone’s throw from the ski lifts.
Cellar Bar at the Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel, Charlotte Pass
Charlotte Pass is Australia’s highest snow resort, which makes the Cellar Bar the top pub in the Snowy Mountains! iCellar Bar is located inside the Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel where you’ll also find a cocktail bar (Adams Lounge), Arches Restaurant and the Kosi Bar and Bistro. Everything you need to complete your ski holiday at the top of Australia!
Buckley’s Crossing Hotel, Dalgety
A favourite with Dalgety locals and the best of the more out-of-the-way pubs in the Snowy Mountains, Buckley’s Crossing Hotel serves hearty, filling modern Australian meals along with local, Australian and international ales. The Hotel itself is an icon; built in 1889, it still maintains a vintage look and feel while being cosy and welcoming. Buckley’s Crossing Hotel sits alongside the mighty Snowy River, so you can be assured of a true Snowy Mountains experience.
Dalgety Brewing Company, Dalgety
Why not make a day out of your trip to Dalgety and visit the Dalgety Brewing Company? Because it sits on the banks of the Snowy River, it makes perfect sense that the brewery uses water from the iconic river to give its range of craft beers that unique alpine taste. You’ll also find pub style food and snacks, making this the perfect getaway for families and beer lovers alike.
The Royal Hotel, Cooma
Another pub with plenty of history, the Royal Hotel was built in 1958, less than 20 years after settlement in Cooma. The Georgian style building is in near original condition and now comes under a Permanent Conservation Order. Choose to dine in the lounge in front of the fire or grab counter meal at the bar. Bring the family along and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere!
More Places to Drink and Dine in the Snowy Mountains
The Snowy Mountains is home to plenty more places to enjoy a meal, especially if you feel like a road trip. Check out our food lover’s guide!