Morris House

Expect four levels of booze, food and comedy in Melbourne's CBD.
James Shackell
Published on September 27, 2023
Updated on February 27, 2024


After several months of renovations and $4 million, the much-anticipated Morris House opened to the public back in July 2023.

The Exhibition Street site, formerly home to sticky-floored comedy icon, The European Bier Café, has been transformed into a modern architecturally designed hospo space, boasting a ground floor dining room and bar, a sunny terrace on Level 1, and a leafy rooftop for 180 guests complete with resident DJs. All the ingredients you expect these days from multi-million-dollar CBD refurbishments. The only thing missing is the obligatory 'listening room'.

Still, as an honour to its former life they've wisely kept the European Bier Café's comedy club downstairs. In fact, Morris House has tried to improve it, drawing inspiration from the New York underground comedy scene. You guessed it: lots of exposed brick. The space will host local and international comedy acts every Friday and Saturday night. Arj Barker is even taking up residence from July 18.

Morris House Venue Manager Dylan Hewlett says the renovation brings the old venue up to Melbourne's modern pub standard — plush leather booths, a marble bar and all.

"We're bringing all the best parts of Melbourne together in one place, which means there will always be something to come and enjoy. Start your night with a meal in the dining room, before heading down to the Basement Comedy Club for a show and end the evening on the rooftop with a signature cocktail."


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