1915 continues to usher in a new era with new wood-fire chargrill, a beer garden and a one-day festival

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1915 continues to usher in a new era with new wood-fire chargrill, a beer garden and a one-day festival

Words by Mackinley Campbell

Committed to delivering the best for the region, 1915 is taking its venue to the next level.

Despite 1915 calling Geelong’s historic Federal Woolen Mills home, their offering is anything but outdated.

The restaurant capitalises on the atmospheric bones that only an old industrial building can provide, which have been tastefully paired with modern industrial design features. 

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1915 is the whimsical new restaurant set inside a 100-year-old red-brick boiler house in Geelong

Exemplifying old-world glamour, this place is genuinely built to host, whether that be amongst the wide-open spaces that can facilitate larger-scale celebrations or those intimate corners made for date nights and fine-dining finesse. 

Providing the ultimate pit stop for any occasion, the team have just revamped the kitchen, quite literally doubling its size. With a delicious, local Mediterranean-inspired menu, visitors should expect continued experimentation from the kitchen thanks to the freshly installed wood-fire chargrills – sure to become the kitchen team’s favourite new toy.

Firing up over 200 degrees, in assistance with Honeybrix and Red Gum, these new grills will see chef Andy Symeonakis charring 1915’s specialty meats, seafood and vegetable dishes, giving them time to absorb the aromas, producing unique smokey flavours. You’ll be able to taste this in the succulent Lamb Rump, beef short ribs and scotch fillet Gippsland Black Angus, and the chargrilled broccolini.


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For those of you that are more concerned about where you’re going to wet your whistle, 1915 hasn’t forgotten you. Their dedicated cocktail bar within the Switch function room is also nearing completion and will be capable of catering cocktail events for up to 120 visitors. Here you’ll be able to taste the exceptional cocktail list on offer at your next party, crafted by Amther Gin’s leading distiller  Sebastian Reaburn. A highlight is the ‘Cherry Berry Goblin’; featuring Anther’s signature Cherry gin alongside flavours of berries and grapefruit, and finished with fresh mint and edible flowers. Beware, highly addictive!

With the arrival of spring, 1915 has some news that’ll have you walking even taller in that sunshine.

The reno not only accounted for food and cocktails but also where you will enjoy them. An alfresco beer garden is been added to their industrial oasis, serviced by a container bar, whilst Mr Yum will have you covered for all your ordering needs, so while you’re soaking up the sun and enjoying live music you aren’t forgotten. If all goes to plan, Geelong’s hottest new beer garden will be taking patrons before the end of Spring – just in time for that sun to really show its face. 

We are convinced that 1915 will be the spot this summer with its new additions and live music really is the cherry on top. 

If you need a little more convincing to visit, ‘At the Mill’ will see some big-name talents, both DJs and live acts, take to the stage on NY day for their inaugural day-party festival event. With multiple stages and a VIP area on the roof deck, organisers are expecting about 1000 revellers, who are sure to be dancing their way into the evening (whilst nursing very sore heads).

Stay tuned for further details on that one. To say we’re excited about 1915 and all it is offering our region is a very grand understatement.

Find 1915 under the chimney at the heart of the Federal Mills precinct at 33 Mackey Street, Geelong. They’re open every day. Visit the website here