Sydney Road's beautifully-restored performance venue is dishing up a diverse program of music, cabaret and comedy.
A newer addition to Melbourne's live music scene, the Brunswick Ballroom took over the space once home to The Spotted Mallard in early 2021, sporting a freshly revamped concert hall complete with stunning stained glass domes embedded in its soaring ceiling. Despite the venue's youth, it has already attracted an impressive list of well-known musicians to the stage, including the likes of Gareth Liddiard, Renee Geyer, Tim Rogers, Kate Ceberano and Ali Barter. But you can also expect a diverse lineup of emerging Aussie acts in the mix, with a program that flits from surf rock to folk and jazz — and covering just about every genre in between.
From the kitchen comes a rotating 'dinner and show' menu, along with snacks like parmesan pretzels ($8), club sandwiches ($16), and both regular and vegan buffalo wings ($18). And don't miss the open-air balcony, boasting primo views of the city skyline.
Meanwhile, downstairs, the Brunswick Artists' Bar is your destination for drinks, art exhibitions and acoustic sets by local musicians. Expect lots of intimate DJ shows, a regular Wednesday trivia session complete with drink specials, and the odd vinyl night to really get you grooving.
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