Freight Bar

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Freight Bar and Restaurant
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Town Ballarat
Street Cnr. Mair and Peel Streets
Opened July 2013
Known dates 2013-2024
Other names Australian Hotel
Athletic Club Hotel
Paterson's Siding Hotel
Bridge Hotel
Front Bar
Evidence Currently operating

The Freight Bar and Restaurant is a hotel in Ballarat, 2013-2024

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel is on the northwest corner of Mair and Peel Streets, Ballarat. This site has been the Australian Hotel, the Athletic Club Hotel, Paterson's Siding Hotel, Bridge Hotel and the Front Bar.

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Background[edit | edit source]

The hotel was opened in July 2013 by Chris Sargent after renovations including a rear verandah deck and shipping containers.[1] The hotel is linked with the Rebellion Brewery which is next door in Mair Street.

History[edit | edit source]

The freehold was offered for sale in 2015 and was described as:

Hotel Freehold

  • The Freight Bar and Restaurant includes public bar, bistro dining, lounge bar, first floor function facility, beer garden and alfresco deck
  • Strategically located land holding of some 535sqm (approx)
  • A rare opportunity to acquire a prime freehold hotel
  • Commencing rental income of $163,200 pa plus GST on existing, long term lease
  • Leased to a family with 30 years plus experience of operating Hotels
  • Prominent corner site
  • Athletic Club Brewery opening soon in adjoining premises[2]

The lease was offered for sale in February 2019 for $540,000.[3]

In January 2022 the hotel owner Chris Sargent announced the hotel had submitted plans to the council to take over the former Athletic Club Brewery which is next door. This would allow the hotel to increase its function spaces. The business had been suffering because of the COVID lockdowns and restrictions, but the new space would provide an opportunity to expand the business in the future.[4]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

  • In May 2016 the hotel donated profits from their Trivia Nights to the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre.[5]

The People[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2013, Jeans, David, "Freight Bar, Restaurant opens in Ballarat", Ballarat Courier, 2 July 2013,
  2. 2015, Real Commercial,
  4. 4.0 4.1 2022, Cluff, Caleb, 'Freight Bar expands into former brewery', Ballarat Courier, 27 January 2022, pg.3,
  5. 2016, Ballarat Health Services Foundation,

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