The best pubs in Wagga

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Wagga is home to a great selection of pubs. Which one is your favourite? Photo: Sourced.

Originating a couple of hundred years back, the old public house was welcomed into communities around the globe. A welcoming environment, comforting food, and perfectly poured pint, are all familiar qualities found in pubs today.

Home to friendly socials and long lunches, the regions pubs are loved by locals the Riverina over. Known as venues where all are welcome, it is easy to see why. Pubs quite simply bring people together. Whether it be that lunchtime schnitzel or nightly trivia, there is plenty to unite both young and young at heart.

Indeed, a great pub is the perfect place to meet. Whether you are visiting the region or looking to explore beyond your regular, there are so many excellent options. Thankfully, we’ve selected our pick of some of the best pubs that Wagga Wagga has to offer. Read on below to find out more.

What makes a great pub?

Great pubs are the perfect place to meet. Searching for a new pub to call your own? We think these qualities separate the best from the rest:

  • Welcoming. Pubs are known for their heart warming hospitality. Here guests from all walks of life are welcome, from weeknight regulars to out-of-town weekend warriors. A sign of any great pub is their ability to instantly place you at ease. Be it that sense of familiarity, the friendly staff, or cosy décor, they beckon you to stay.
  • Delightful drinks. A correctly poured cold beer is a hallmark of many a good pub. And, while house wines and beer on tap are non-negotiables, the best often do a little more. From regionally sourced craft crews, bubbles, and signature creations, there is a delightful drink choice for everyone.
  • Comfort food. When it comes to cuisine, classic comfort food immediately springs to mind. As a nod to our colonial heritage, these classic dishes are both humble and generous. From crisp chicken schnitzel and beef and beer pies, they are designed to warm from within. When it comes to pub food look for comfortable classics and simple modern fare.
  • Entertainment. Historically, pubs began a centrepiece for public gatherings and today’s venues are no different. What has changed is the nature of how guests come together. Great pubs have built a reputation for delivering exciting social events and things to do. From trivia competitions and raffle nights, through to fundraising and televised sports, they have something fun for everyone.
  • Alfresco affair. While pubs are the perfect for wintery evenings, they are equally as great when the warm weather shines. Indeed, the best pubs boast considered outdoor spaces from roof tops, terraces, beer gardens and more. These alfresco arenas capitalise on our region’s glorious climate, providing a stunning setting in the process. Look for luscious greenery, a mixture of shaded seating, and even a view.

The best pubs in Wagga Wagga

Region Riverina has combed through online reviews and recommendations to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Wagga series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Region Riverina and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Kooringal Hotel

The Kooringal Hotel has been welcoming locals and their guests since 1967. Home to a bistro, bar, and sports lounge, they feature as one of Wagga’s best. Known for their family-friendly approach, they also boast a children’s playground and several glorious outdoor beer gardens.

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, their menu features classic pub fare with nod to today. With sweet and sticky ribs, battered fish, burgers, and pizza’s there is plenty to satisfy the crowd.

Rebecca Dunn shared this review on Google, “Family friendly bistro and good-value yummy meals! There is a kid’s playground, colouring in, and even some healthy meals too.”

Victoria Hotel

Centrally located on Bayliss Street, the Victoria Hotel is a hive for Riverina locals the region over. Home to a cocktail bar, bar and bistro, the Victoria Hotel caters to groups of all sizes. From family lunches to functions and events, they do it all.

Open for lunch and dinner, the pub also features day-based pub specials like burgers and parmigiana. With karaoke, trivia, and live music, the Victoria Hotel are an excellent choice.

As Leanne Burrows stated on Google, “Great food, great service.”

Union Club Hotel

First established in 1876, the Union Club Hotel stands as one of Wagga Wagga’s premier pubs. Beautifully decorated, it boasts four main bars, a 120-seater bistro, and glorious alfresco space.

Known for its delectable dishes, Union Club Hotel presents an impressive menu, with a contemporary take on refined pub fare. With a sport bar and functions and events, they also cater to a full calendar of social events.

As Niamh shared on Google, “Absolutely love this place! Burger night is a fave and the vegan options (pizza, burger and nachos) are great. Took my whole family here and they loved it too. Good service.”

Romano's Hotel

Steeped in history, Romano’s Hotel is one of the Riverina’s most historic venues. With numerous spaces to relax and enjoy alongside family and friends, they have been welcoming tourists and locals alike since 1987.

Located in the heart of Wagga's Fitzmaurice Street Precinct, Romano’s Hotel offers a variety of options for patrons. Whether it be a quick drink at the lounge, an evening dinner, or long weekend lunch they have it covered.

Sebastian McDonagh had this to say on Google, “Took the family for lunch, great pub meals at good prices with great service. The size of the meals was very generous, and their double fried chips were loved by the kids.”

Palm & Pawn Motor Inn & Tavern

Situated over the bridge in the heart of the North Wagga community is the Palm & Pawn Motor Inn and Tavern. Established in 1876 this unassuming local gem has a long history delighting guests.

Known for its family friendly atmosphere and tip-top service, they boast an on-site children’s playground, swimming pool, and beer garden. With a range of tasty pub classics and cold drinks at the ready they are loved the region over.

Patron Bradley Hanssen shared this review on Google, “Excellent! They have a good big playground for the kids! With lots of outdoor seating and lots of indoor space. Colouring books for the kids as well. The food is fairly priced and actually quite decent!”

Looking for more? Check out our articles on the best bars and breweries and the best restaurants that Wagga has to offer.

Your experience with pubs in Wagga Wagga

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the pubs listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a pub and a bar?

A pub, short for public house, is a licensed establishment that focuses on the service of beer and wine alongside hearty meals. Bars on the other hand cater more to an expansive beverage service, at times supported by snacks or small appetisers to enhance the overall experience.

What kind of food can I expect at a pub?

Pub meals are characterised by simple, hearty, and generous dishes. Traditional pub grub includes the likes of steak and fries or chicken schnitzel along with comfort foods such as pies. Some pubs even specialise in certain cuisines such as Italian woodfire pizza or Mexican tacos. Many pubs offer a la carte menus along with feature meals designed to be shared.

Do I need a reservation at a pub?

In most cases you can simply walk in to enjoy all that a pub has to offer. That said, some pubs do accept bookings for key service times or busy periods, so if in double call ahead to secure your table.

Can I bring my children to the pub?

Yes, you can. Wagga’s pubs are known for their casual atmosphere and family friendly dining experience. Day sittings work best and remember to steer clear of any gaming or bar areas with the little ones. If in doubt, contact your local pub directly.

Are pubs dog friendly?

Some Wagga pubs are dog friendly. Bear in mind that they will generally need to be seated outdoors, rather than an internal courtyard or beer garden, and kept on a leash to ensure they don't cause too much of a bother for other guests! It’s always a good idea to call before brining your beloved pooch.

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