Town Hall Hotel

A classic neighbourhood pub with a secret beer garden hidden out back.
Andrew Zuccala
Published on February 01, 2017
Updated on September 11, 2023


Lovingly known as The Townie to locals, this old school boozer has changed very little over the years. Walk into the front bar to find the walls covered in an eclectic mix music memorabilia and vinyls, an old chandelier and carpeted floors that smell like they've been around for a while. Town Hall Hotel North Melbourne isn't trying to be glam. And we would never want it to be.

The staff know their regulars well, and welcome anyone to join the community of music- and beer- loving folks. Either grab a seat in the small front bar, head into the dining room out back or explore the sprawling maze-like outdoor space. Find a spot in the driveway, out in the carpark or in the secret little beer garden that's shrouded in trees.

It's home to one of the best trivias in town — every Tuesday at 8pm — and even hosts live gigs on the odd occasion. You can expect to find some bands playing in the front bar throughout the week, but the owners aren't great with updating social pages — the website still tells you to go to its MySpace page for the updated gigs list. Just rock up, hope for the best and expect things to get a little rowdy.

The Town Hall Hotel North Melbourne is a proper hidden gem that best be visited by any Aussie pub lover.

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