Ballarat Blog #655

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Ballarat Blog #655

Happy New Year to everyone! Hope the festive season was an enjoyable time and let’s hope 2017 brings some great artists to the region, and our local venues continue to thrive.

In the heart of Ballarat right on Armstrong Street, Mojo Pool Lounge and Bar is the cool place to go and wind down after a long day at work, and is one of my favourite haunts of late. Free pool and discounted drink prices between 5-8pm gets you in the right frame of mind to shake your tail to local artists that strum out tunes most nights between 9-11pm.

Suttons House of Music have Pink Moon playing on the 13th of January. Playing their Americana folk/alt country tunes, the duo continue to impress and the free entry makes it all the more enticing to get along to it. The Price is Wrong is Suttons trivia night, which is pencilled in for Thursday January 19th.These nights are loads of fun and kick off is at 7.30pm.

The Ballarat Beer Festival (#Beerllarat), is creeping up on us, and January 21st will be here before you know it. If you haven’t got your tickets, get them now! Should be a top afternoon and you can usually guarantee a warm day, downing froffies and listening to some of the fine Australian music talent. Make the trek to the Rat for this terrific day out that is growing each and every year. Pirate Life beers are a personal favourite of mine and I will be found at their camp site for the afternoon. I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to You Am I guitarist Davey Lane bringing one of his many side-project outfits Thee Gravy Train to the beer festival. Lane is one of Australia’s finest musicians and anything he does is well worth getting along too.

David Anderson will play solo at The George Hotel on Saturday 14th January, for those wanting a cruisy laid back night in the comfort of one of the finest venues in town.

The Unicorn is my latest haunt if you feel like a feed and a caffeine hit. Try the zucchini, mint, feta and corn fritter to get your day started. Boy oh boy, so much good food and coffee in the Rat – not to mention the fine artists coming to town during the summer. Get out and amongst it before the cold sou-westerlies return.

By Glen Anderson