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A Look Inside the New Pawn & Co., Melbourne's Pawn Shop Bar Where Everything Is for Sale

Get your drink mixed by a church organ, order via talking vending machine and sit in an old tram carriage.
By Libby Curran
April 05, 2017
By Libby Curran
April 05, 2017

With a booming five-year stint and loyal crowd of regulars under its belt, unique party place Pawn & Co shocked plenty when it announced it was getting turfed from its Chapel Street home — at the hands of developers, no less. But, as promised fiercely to its fans, the bar-pawn shop hybrid has returned with a vengeance, moving to impressive digs around the corner, at 177 Greville Street.

The new iteration is bigger and better than ever, with the original hidden bookshelf entrance now leading punters to a heftier two-level space, complete with cosy booths, a courtyard, and three separate bars.

This time though, co-owner and designer Josh Lefers has dialled up the steampunk aesthetic to a whole new level, with the retro-futuristic reboot boasting such random treasures as a cryogenic chamber, a steampunk throne, and an old Victorian tram you can sit in. There's also a church organ mixing cocktails, a talking vending machine taking drink orders, and a host of bonus extra features, glimpsed only through special glasses given to patrons.

Of course, Pawn & Co has stuck with the bar concept that put it on the map (it was once featured by Forbes back in 2013), so absolutely everything inside the space is up for sale. Best keep that credit card on a short leash though, unless you really want a cryogenic chamber for your house.

Pawn & Co. 2.0 is now open at 117 Greville Street, Prahran. For more info, visit

Images: Eugene Hyland. 

Published on April 05, 2017 by Libby Curran


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