With a touch of the Aussie about it, The Watering Hole is the only bar actually on the beach in the UK. That’s right, it is really on the sand. You cannot get closer than that.
This place really is living the dream. Literally. Beach, food, drink. No lugging a picnic bag across the sand with your arms already full of bodyboards, and windbreaks.
It started in 1978 as a shack owned by a man called Bill who moved ‘down under’ to Byron Bay, leaving the shack in the capable hands of one Bob Job (seriously) who transformed it. Over time, it became an accepted bar/restaurant. It’s one of those stories which feels like a myth but really happened.
What can you get here?
Real ales from local breweries, amazing hot chocolates, right in the sand dunes and despite it being a no-frills operation, the food is great, too, with light bites and snacks, just the kind of food that’s beach-ready. An amazing spot for a weekend roast on the coast, it is also friendly for vegetarians and gluten-free.
Obviously, given its location, it has a chilled, relaxed vibe.
Surfers with sandy feet, children, dogs, and views to die for over the beach mean it’s all about the location… you may even be lucky enough to find live music here, too.