The Best Country Pubs In The Snowy Mountains

The beers are better out in the country! Image supplied: Banjo Paterson Inn

Charming heritage buildings, hearty meals, ice cold beer and good old fashioned country hospitality, there’s nothing like a country pub to get you off the beaten track and out exploring the wider region. Here’s our top pick of the best country pubs that deserve a spot on your next Snowy Mountains road trip… 

The Alpine Hotel – Cooma

Located on the main street of Cooma, The Alpine Hotel is a beautifully restored classic Australian art deco hotel with a history dating back to 1938. The bistro and restaurant are open daily for lunch and dinner serving up all your favourite comfort foods. You can’t go past the brand new outdoor beer garden and woodfire pizza oven! They also offer regular live music and trivia nights.

You can’t go past the woodfire pizza oven and beer garden at The Alpine!

Coffey’s Hotel – Cooma

Parmi or Chicken Chow Mein? Coffey’s Hotel isn’t your average country pub! Take a seat outside in the beautiful grassed beer garden, or grab a table inside complete with a lazy susan. Coffey’s offers exceptional asian flavours with a side of traditional pub classics. This friendly local is tucked away off the main street and a favourite amongst locals!

Tucked away off the main street, Coffey’s Hotel this is a friendly favourite local

Buckley’s Crossing Hotel – Dalgety

Take a scenic drive out to Dalgety, a small Snowy Mountains town sitting on the banks of the mighty Snowy River which almost became the capital of Australia! The oldest pub in the mountains, Buckley’s Crossing Hotel was built in 1889. Offering a family friendly and relaxed atmosphere with tasty pub classic meals and plenty of beer choices on tap, it’s well worth the detour. Enjoy a meal in the historic dining room by the open fire, catch some sunshine in the courtyard as the kids entertain themselves on the outside playground, or simply wander the halls and take a look at the interesting memorabilia and photos on display around the pub from years gone by. 

Buckley’s Crossing Hotel is the oldest pub in the mountains, serving up great family meals

Imperial Hotel – Bombala

This out of the way gem is located along the Monaro Highway and a stone’s throw from the Bombala River. With 150 years of history, old meets new in every corner of this great Australian pub. Serving up modern Australian dining options, including everyone’s favourite pub classics, you can’t beat the friendly hospitality at the Imperial Hotel Bombala. Enjoy a homemade sausage roll served bar side or take up prime positioning in front of the open fireplace with a schooner.

The pub on the corner, The Imperial Hotel is back and better than ever!

The Berridale Inn – Berridale

The Berridale Inn is your quintessential no-frills country pub. Fit with a stone bar serving up a great selection of Australian beer, this community hub is in prime position on the main street of Berridale. You’re sure to catch plenty of locals enjoying a tasty meal and cold one as they welcome back this newly reopened town favourite.

The meeting place of locals, The Berridale Inn is your quintessential country pub

Snow Goose Hotel – Adaminaby

The perfect pitstop when exploring the northern parts of Kosciuszko National Park, the Snow Goose Hotel offers a family friendly atmosphere with a cosy vintage appeal. Sitting next to iconic Adaminaby landmark, The Big Trout, the bistro serves up hearty, classic pub meals whilst the bar staff serve up plenty of smiles and ice cold beer. The meeting place of Adaminaby, there’s always a local willing to share a yarn or two.

Front row views of The Iconic Big Trout

Banjo Paterson Inn – Jindabyne

You don’t have to go far to find a great country Pub in the Snowy Mountains. It’s hard to go past the iconic Banjo Paterson Inn. With views of Lake Jindabyne, it’s a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. You’ll find all your pub favourites at Clancy’s Brasserie, as well as delicious pizzas and burgers from The Overflow. There’s also a cocktail bar serving up delicious jugs and the freshest vat-to-tap beers with Kosciuszko Pale Ale brewhouse located on premise.  

The first thing you see as you drive in Jindabyne township, lovingly known as “The Banjos”
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