So, I have decided to compile a short guide to a weekend in Bathurst!
Part one will tackle pubs:
Elephant and Castle on Keppel Street: Without a doubt, the best pub in Bathurst. Friendly staff, classic setting, cheap beer (ask for the beer of the week for a $3.50 bottle) and an amazing way to spend time when you're not at the track. See this review on Elephant and Castle for more. 10/10
The Ox on William Street: This pub also doubles as a nightclub from Thursdays to Saturdays, and it's very much what you would expect from a "club" in a country town. The club itself is small, sticky, reeks of spilled drinks, urine and vomit, features lighting effects from the 80s and a DJ who's very much still stuck in the same era.
However, it isn't all bad. There's a cocktail lounge upstairs with an impressive menu for both food and drinks, and there's a beer garden downstairs where you can bathe in the cloud free Western skies.
Overall, good pub during the day, but avoid at all costs at night, unless you enjoy loud obnoxious music, drunk idiots and a night club that strangely resembles the one from Scarface. 5/10
Jack Duggans on George Street:
Bathurst's only Irish pub, and as far as Irish pubs go, it's pretty good.
It has Guinness on tap, a good selection of imported beers, a nice beer garden out the back and "Ma Duggans'" kitchen has some pretty amazing pub grub, if a little bit pricey. Located on George Street, it's easily accessible from anywhere in town and there's parking aplenty.
Majellan Bowls Club on Keppel Street:
A hidden gem. While it may not have anything fancy, it will have your conventional beers on tap but with cheap prices. During race week when most other establishments will be packed to the rafters, Majellan is almost guaranteed to be better off as it is hidden down a long driveway. Look for the signs and you'll find it. After a long day at the track, what better way to spend your afternoon than sinking a few cold ones and enjoying some barefoot bowls.
The Eddy on William Street:
Will no doubt be a popular choice for travellers with its central location. This pub has plenty of pool tables and couches for relaxing, competitive drink prices, rum and coke on tap and a beautiful beer garden out the back. Facing the beer garden is a deck, which will be shaded in the afternoon sun. The Eddy is a popular choice for locals and travellers alike, but nothing special.
Stay tuned for restaurants and cafes, as well as local attractions.