Gone are the days when you had to beat a path to the Woodlands’ doors. About 160 years ago, it was a country pub in the middle of a forest where you’d have to hitch up your horse before heading in for a pint. Now it sits amongst Coburg’s kebab shops and you can get here on the number 19 tram, which is good news given the heaving craft beer collection, numbering 60 plus by the bottle, and eight rotating craft beer taps including Woodland’s own lager.
It’s all Victorian, too – Bridge Road, Moon Dog, 2 Brothers, Sideshow. Everything about the Woodlands is a shock to Coburg’s sleepy system. You can get yourself an Old Fashioned or even a Grasshopper – the after dinner mint of eighties' cocktails – which would be a hard sell if this were a sticky carpet kind of joint. Not so in a venue stuffed with flocked thrones and human-sized toy soldiers, with a beer garden sprouting plants and mythical beasts from its walls.
It makes for quite the party palace, and they’re well equipped with genre-bounding share platters of crumbed prawns, sushi or cheeses if you want to bring a hoard on Fridays when the DJs start up. But if you’re just after an excellent curry and a game of Pictionary by the fire, they’ve got you covered there too.
|Venue name:||The Woodlands Hotel||Contact:|
84-88 Sydney Rd
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 4pm-1am; Fri-Sun noon-1am|
|Transport:||Nearby stations: Moreland|