The Catfish

A Gertrude Street dive with a point of difference: their Bloody Marys.
Laura Dawson and Gary Brun
Published on November 30, 2014
Updated on September 26, 2023


When the guy stirring up the drinks tells you that he makes his own bloody mary spice mix, and then lists more ingredients for the mix than you can count on all your fingers, it's safe to say that your drink is probably going to be pretty spesh.

The Catfish have the bloody mary down pat. Just the right blend of warmth and spice without being too demanding on the palate, it's exactly what a poor, hungover soul needs. The blend is perfection, and because it's pre-mixed they can pump them out when they need to, which means that you won't be waiting 15 minutes for your drink. Plus, every time you get one it'll be just as amazing as the last time. You're a spice demon? No fear – they're happy to tailor the heat to your liking.

It's not just bloody marys that The Catfish nails; its comedy club every Tuesday night has become legendary across Melbourne. With tickets sold cheap at the door, it features a rotating lineup of some of the country's best acts, as well as the occasional international comedian. Doors open from 7:30pm for a show at 8pm, but be sure to arrive a little before then as it regularly fills up. It also offers cheap pots and pints throughout the show, but as if you needed an extra reason to attend.

As well as comedy, there are live music gigs held regularly at The Catfish, with some of the city's top acts gracing its stage. Keep your eyes peeled on its gig guide or Instagram for regular updates.

If you're hungry after the gig, you're in luck as the food menu here has some killer options. With Philly-style cheesesteaks on offer, as well as a range of fried chicken, you won't be leaving the venue craving a kebab on the way home.


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