The Pitt family has operated the iconic Hotel Sorrento since 1981, with the third generation now at the wheel. Despite extensive renovations over the years (the most recent one took place in late 2020), the warmth and charm of this heritage stunner hasn’t changed.
The three-level pub sits on a hill overlooking Port Phillip Bay, just a short walk from Sorrento’s main strip, Ocean Beach Road. It seats an impressive 1300, split between five bars and a restaurant. There are conference rooms and private function spaces too, with many original 19th century details (e.g. plenty of limestone) featured throughout.
If you’re here for a drink, you’re spoilt for choice. Try the Salt Bar for cocktails (including an extensive spritz range); Cellar Bar for regional wines; the locals’ favourite, Main Bar, for tap beers and live music; Rooftop for stellar views; or Lawn for an al fresco drink.
The menu includes pub mainstays such as steak, chicken parmigiana and lamb shanks, plus a handful of tacos and main-sized salads. An abridged “street eats” menu packages up many of these options for takeaway, with the beach conveniently nearby for eating. Upstairs, the spacious and modern rooms, many of which have balconies and great views of the bay, combine original limestone with chic new furniture and fittings. It’s one of the most affordable luxury stays you can have on the Peninsula.