Econo Lodge Parkville Place
124 Brunswick Road
Brunswick, VI 3056
Phone: (61) 3 93878477
Fax: (61) 3 93878556
Beer, live music and great company is all you need to have great an evening at Edinburgh Castle in Melbourne. With hardly anything that qualifies as flashy or luxurious, this pub has managed to make it to the list of favorites for locals. The pool table is an ideal place to strike up a conversation with regular guests while the beer makes the atmosphere lighter. The menu has simple pub fare like sandwiches, salads, chips that will keep everyone going for the night. You'll often find live music playing here, which is great to set the mood. All in all, Edinburgh Castle reminds us that the best things are often the simplest.
Spread over two floors, The Laundry is a bar and live music venue. You first enter into the bar-lounge like place, which is best for drinks on an evening out with friends. The upper floor is a well-equipped venue with good acoustic and lighting, and this is where you will find bands or DJs playing. Different features on week-nights keep the regulars coming back for more, like Karaoke on Wednesdays or rock bands on Thursdays. Check the website for their schedules or contact for details.
Here's a pub for those who like drinking and nothing else to unwind after a hard day at work. The Old Bar is quite well known among the locals of Fitzroy. Although it is rather small for live events, there is a stage where bands perform and fans enjoy an evening of rock and the likes. Share your space with friends at the pool table and other games. Call for additional information.
With the opening of The Night Cat in 1994, Melbourne's cafe culture finally came of age. It is a fusion of a comfortable lounge atmosphere, an elegant meeting place, complete with dance floor and sophisticated music that will have many people toe tapping and dancing to styles of music they would not usually listen to. Friday and Saturday nights are particularly busy and you may have to queue. On Sunday evenings an older, local crowd descends, creating a real community feel. The large bar serves basic drinks, house beer and wine. Focaccias and cakes are also available.
Are you a fan of music that rocked your world once upon a time in the 80s and can't seem to find it anymore unless you pay an insane price for it? Gertrude's Brown Couch is where you can get your groove back. The Couch will take you back in time and remind you of the important things in life. Every third Saturday of the month, DJs Simon and Wigan Lee spin 60s garage, girl groups, surf tunes as well as exotica, while every last Saturday of the month Vince Peach spins his passion for Soul music. To feed the appetite you work up on the dance floor, try the pizzas they're known for. The Miami Vice Slice is a pizza with Virginian ham and herbs cushioned by a chunky base of tomato sauce. You could even try the Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, which is the most tender strips of smoked chicken, peppered cherry tomatoes and Bocconcini with an aromatic sprinkling of mixed herbs. The venue also entertains private events, so do contact them for the details. The Couch is also a big fan of art, so if you want some extra exposure by displaying your art here just like local artist Monkey, then please do contact them. His graffiti paints the walls at the Couch, while other artists' works tickle the light fixtures and other corners. Gertrude's Brown Couch is like an addiction you can't get rid of, so do call ahead to know how you can get your fix.
With a name as misleading as C Grade, this top-graded club hosts arguably the best Saturday nights in town. Located in a dimly-lit basement, their happening parties and dance events are popular among youngsters in the know. With a weekly lineup of resident DJs and guest acts, they have featured the likes of Bongmist, Otologic, Lewie Day and The Rusty Trombones. A unique addition, their bar is a service slot system that functions like an ATM machine.
Copacabana is a definite throwback to the good old times in Latin America, with its 40's theme nights gaining increasing popularity with guests who revel in the 1940's Latino hits. A log cabin like ambiance punctuated by exposed beams and rustic lighting, leaves diners in awe. Also the tables are arranged so as to facilitate a cabaret style experience where you can watch the Capoeira dancers and Latin entertainers, while indulging in a 7 course succulent Brazilian Barbecue Churrascaria. Check out their website for a list of upcoming events.
The Mercat Basement is an underground venue hidden away under Queen Victoria Market. The basement is a popular venue for EDM parties, hosting the likes of Inigo Kennedy, Singha and Shifted; well known in the electronic scene. Perfect for private events and parties, it has a capacity of up to 700 people within it's custom made walls, a complete set-up for DJs and seating and smoking areas.
The Glow Bar is a fusion of architectural design and nightlife. Located in the heart of the city, it attracts a lot of high profile people, resulting in a lot of media coverage. The blue glowing shelves and the concrete bars are Glow's signature trademarks. The men behind the bar are experts and will conjure the best cocktails ever! The Glow also has a private function hall which can be availed for celebrations and parties.
This cozy bar is also Melbourne's premier jazz venue, run by jazz connoisseurs for jazz connoisseurs. On busy nights, punters crowd into every available space, including the stairs. Chatting during performances is frowned upon, but that is as far as the snobbery goes. At other times, this is a great place for conversation. Owner Michael Tortoni presents music he believes in rather than following fads, earning him accolades for his contribution to the jazz community. The jam sessions with visiting international artists after their Concert Hall performances are legendary. Cheese and fruit platters, cake, focaccia, basic spirits and house wine are available.
Croxton Park Hotel is the destination for several club goers of Thornbury for the best of live performances. The bar stages live music and other entertaining events on a regular basis. Walk in at any time and you will find an event happening here. For those who love sports, there's a sports bar where you can enjoy the best of live sports action on a wide screen with your pals by your side. For those who love to munch on delectable food, Croxton Park Hotel offers a wide range of crisp and tasty delicacies in its bistro. So, the next time you want to plan an event with your friends, think about Croxton Park Hotel for sure. Check website for timing details.
Red walls and dim lighting, a chandelier and round lamps dotting the place make for a chilled-out bar atmosphere at Yah Yah's bar. From Thursday to Sunday you'll find this place rocking with either live music or DJ music. Rock and 60s or 70s music, is what is mostly played here. All nights are high on energy as everyone's here to party and have a great time. Check the website for opening hours, performance schedules, and other details.