North Melbourne is a thriving hub of bars, cafes and creative hot spots that is yet to be discovered by the masses. Venture out and uncover its hidden treasures before the gentrification sets in. Here are the essentials for your ‘to do’ list.
The Comic’s Lounge
Located on Errol Street, this legendary 400-seater venue boasts live comedy six nights a week. For those who love a dinner-and-show situation, Joe King Bistro is open from 7pm and provides full table service during performances. Catch professional comedians trying out new material and Melbourne’s hottest new comedy talent from Monday to Saturday every week at The Comic’s Lounge.
An historic old dame built in 1880, Meat Market is now the home of many quirky weekenders like the MOULD cheese festival – where you can kick on to a sensible hour of 8.30pm with wine and cheese in hand. Another option for night owls with an early bedtime is the stunning Wunderage performed by Circus Oz, a fantastical fusion of physical feats and inspiring storytelling. You’ll wrap up at either event before 9pm, which leaves plenty of time for wining and dining afterwards.
Unique, intimate and grungy – who doesn’t want a night out like that every once in a while? Find all three things combined at Club Voltaire, a quaint and quirky theatre and performing arts space in Raglan Street. Check out weekly events like the Gong Show, open mic comedy nights and stunning cabaret shows.
A living, breathing beast in the arts and culture space, Arts House Melbourne plays host to countless performances and exhibitions every year. Broaden your horizons this July at MOTHERLODE in July, a non-stop dance party fusing the world of hip hop, video art, installations and all round good vibes.
Joe Taylor is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy some cool and cultured drinking. With leather-bound menus and a classic atmosphere, linger over boutique cocktails and lavish wines or sample their delicious bar menu.
With its quirky décor and laid-back atmosphere Prudence is a bar that exhales excited energy. Inside, the endearing assortment of mismatched vintage clutter and homely collectables maintain the friendly vibe.
Town Hall Hotel
Open every day, the Town Hall Hotel is a well-positioned oasis away from the daily grind. With appetising pub meals and ’70s and ’80s rock memorabilia on the walls, come here to mingle with the locals. It’s also proudly home to one of the best beer gardens in Melbourne.