About The Red Lion

The Red Lion Hotel is steeped in history. Built in the 1850s at the beginning of the gold-rush, the hotel was host to many a miner who had ‘struck it rich’ on the goldfields, with beer being paid for in gold rather than coin! Alongside the prize fights that frequented the venue, quoits competitions were held out the back, with the main competitors being miners. The Charlie Napier hotel (a replica of which can be found at Sovereign Hill) sat almost directly opposite – with comedians, bands and singers performing there, and people milling over to the Red Lion for a drink after the events.

In the present day, The Red Lion Hotel is a premiere entertainment venue featuring Leo’s Restaurant for a full dining experience; the Simba Sports Bar where you can catch the latest sports and events; the Nicholas Function Room & Simba Deck that cater to corporate events, birthdays and other functions; and our café and bar area for relaxed dining

The Red Lion Hotel has always been “The Place to Meet!” 

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Red Lion Hotel 

The Main Bar

Ballarat’s most contemporary bar featuring R.A.W members happy hour every Friday night including fantastic discounts and prizes.

The Red Lion also features Carlton Draught unpasteurised tank beer. Delivery fresh every week, exclusive to The Red Lion.

We offer 12 different beers on tap including a monthly rotating keg.

Red Lion Catering


All day cafe dining open 7am-10pm seven days a week offering both indoor and alfresco dining with a large range of Gluten free & Vegan items.

Newly renovated Leo’s restaurant offers full table service.

Cocktail and set menu functions are also available upon request when booking.

Kids Playground

Kids Playground

An exciting enclosed playground for the kids, with direct access from both the cafe and Nicholas private function room.

Conference and Function Rooms

Conference and Function Rooms

Three purpose built conference rooms for groups of up to 100, as well as a modern business center.

The Nicholas room offers the perfect space for a private sit down dinner, stand up cocktail style function, family gathering or just catching up with friends. The new Simba Sports Bar has the ability to transform into a great standup function space.