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Huge New Pizza and Party Destination NONO Has Landed on Sydney Road

A DJ-fuelled bar with space for 950, from the legends that gave us Welcome to Thornbury.
By Libby Curran
December 06, 2022
By Libby Curran
December 06, 2022

The folks behind Welcome to Thornbury, Welcome to Brunswick and Belles Hot Chicken have done it again, this time unveiling a new pizza-slinging, DJ-fuelled party spot on Sydney Road. Dubbed NONO, it's made its home within the former Penny Black digs, with space for a huge 950 punters across its public bar, roomy beer garden and dedicated rave cave.

Kicking on until 2am Thursday to Sunday, NONO is a surefire hit for night owls and music fiends alike, with a top-notch roster of local DJs on the decks, curated by Music Director Anyo Castro. Rubi Taboo and Bettie Rose are set to host Thursday's riotous drag bingo night (weekly from December 15), and there'll be many a music-filled Sunday session to come, too.

In keeping with NONO's unpretentious nature, Executive Chef Sandy Melgalvis (Three Blue Ducks, Mulberry Group) is plating up a laidback menu of top-quality $8 pizzas, all hand-rolled to order. Find options like a classic margherita; a mushroom, mozzarella and fontina number; and a lamb kebab pizza topped with slow-cooked shoulder, spinach and tzatziki.

And yep, they're $8, all day, every day; as are extras like a rocket salad and the crinkle-cut fries bathed in Belles' famed seasoning.

An easygoing drinks offering features classic cocktails alongside signatures like the Northside Lights (Patient Wolf Gin with Pampelle Ruby Grapefruit liqueur and rosemary syrup) and the Super Silver Haze, crafted on Don Juilo and jalapeno brine.

There's also a couple of cocktail jugs, a tap lineup starring plenty of 4 Pines brews, and fridges stocked with tinnies from the likes of Young Henry and Mountain Goat.

Want help welcome NONO to the 'hood? The venue's kicking things off with a bang on December 17 (1pm–1am) and 18 (1–10pm), with a few specials and a cheeky nod to its Sydney Road address. Not only will it be giving away 420 pizzas across the weekend, but you'll also score house pints and shots for an easy $4.20 a pop.

Find NONO at 420 Sydney Road, Brunswick. It's open from 4pm–very late Thursday to Saturday, and from 1–10pm Sunday.

Published on December 06, 2022 by Libby Curran
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