93 Bulla Road Essendon North, Melbourne, VI, AU, 3041

  • Phone: (61) 3 9374 2433
  • Fax: (61) 3 9374 1516
3.8 out of 5 (5 reviews)
80% of guests recommend this hotel
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  • Bars & Cafes

    »Boulevard Cafe

    This cafe offers some of the finest views available of the Maribyrnong river. Groups of friends and extended families meet here for brunch (Eggs Benedict, antipasto platters, tapas) or a leisurely lunch (Veal Spezzatino Casserole, Tasmanian Smoked Salmon Roulade). The sheltered terrace, with its heaters is a great place to catch the sun on a chilly day.

    Corner Vida Street
    Melbourne, VIC 3040

    »Jacks Satay Bar

    Images of the Far East spring to mind when relaxing under Jack Satay Bar's spinning fans and sitting back in the rattan chairs. The menu with spinach and seafood laksa also helps contribute to the distinctive eastern feel. Since 1989, Jack's has been serving the Moonee Ponds area, and doing a good job of it. Jack's delivery car can be seen speeding down the streets taking taste sensations direct to people's doors. However, with unique dishes to sample, Jack's is well worth treating yourself to an in-house visit. Fully licensed.

    571-573 Mount Alexander Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3039

    »Cubbyhouse Lounge Bar

    When seeking an evening of music and sheer relaxation, choosing the Cubbyhouse Lounge Bar as your destination would be a smart decision. The evenings are made spirited and zestful with live music and DJ nights making the place a fun night hang out with cronies. For the local night prowlers or just the young collegian wishing for a zingy night, the place organizes theme nights and special entertainment programs. The bar is also equipped to cater to private parties and business functions with special catering menus. For further information, log on to their website. The place is open all days except Wednesdays.

    674 Mount Alexander Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3039

    »Edinburgh Castle

    Beer, live music and great company is all you need to have great an evening at Edinburgh Castle in Melbourne. With hardly anything that qualifies as flashy or luxurious, this pub has managed to make it to the list of favorites for locals. The pool table is an ideal place to strike up a conversation with regular guests while the beer makes the atmosphere lighter. The menu has simple pub fare like sandwiches, salads, chips that will keep everyone going for the night. You'll often find live music playing here, which is great to set the mood. All in all, Edinburgh Castle reminds us that the best things are often the simplest.

    681 Sydney Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3056


    Pepper is a café that's trendy without taking itself too seriously. Stainless steel and modern art mix with furniture that could well have come from a salvage yard. Locals congregate at tables under the veranda to tuck into dishes such as Smoked Salmon on Homemade Potato Latkes and Sweetcorn Hotcakes. On three evenings a week, the standard menu gives way to a feast of gourmet thin-crust pizzas. Alcohol is available and, judging by the popularity of its take-away coffee, the café also makes an impressive cuppa.  

    44 Pink Oak Crescent
    Melbourne, VIC 3031

    »Verb Cafe

    This cozy café is also a second-hand bookshop with tables tucked between the shelves. Diners can pore over the titles for sale while filling up on cooked breakfasts, a warm drink and healthy lunches (pides, wraps, bagels and smoothies). Literary quotes are chalked onto the black walls and menus are wrapped around the covers of vintage books. Like a favorite book, the atmosphere here is homey and comforting. A scattering of 1950s furniture, a pot-bellied stove and biscuits and slices like Grandma used to bake all make this an inviting place to browse or meet with friends. 

    336 Racecourse Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3031

    »Fringe Lounge

    Fringe, just a short tram ride from Flemington Racecourse and right in the heart of Flemington's shopping and café precinct, bridges the divide between pub and cafe. The feel is casual and eclectic, with electric-red feature walls, Corinthian columns, and conical light fittings share the space with comfy seventies couches. The menu stays safely in the comfort zone. They offer a selection of grilled items and popular varieties of pizza and pasta. Theme nights, such as Poker Night, Uni Night and Eighties Music Night, are held regularly and DJs provide a lively music mix. 

    295 Racecourse Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3031


    Howler is located in the heart of Brunswick. This warehouse-turned-entertainment-venue is the brainchild of owner and designer Brendan Brogan. Exposed industrial beams, artistic lamps, greenery and intimate candle lights contribute to a rustic ambiance. On the menu are globe-spanning craft beer and Asian style tapas. Enjoy your drink in their heated beer garden or head indoors for live gigs by local musicians.

    16 Michael Street
    Brunswick, VIC 3056

    »The Quiet Man Irish Pub

    The Quiet Man Irish Pub is a seminal member of the city's burgeoning Irish scene. It boasts of a restaurant, bar, live bands, regular competitions and drinking clubs, a bottle shop, and a quarterly newsletter. Along with token Irish paraphernalia, the interior is adorned with wooden tables, floors, benches and booths helping to further amplify the shrill sounds of fiddle and guitar. Roasts, stews, platters, seafood and poultry in generous servings, ideally to be enjoyed on a cold winter's evening is also made available. And, of course, there is plenty of Guinness on tap and pint-sized Irish beers to boot.

    271 Racecourse Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3031

    »The Cornish Arms

    The Cornish Arms is a laid-back bar that makes for an ideal evening spot with friends. You can groove to the cool tunes or be all by yourself at the lounge. Live music and DJ sessions further add to the experience.

    163A Sydney Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3056

    »The Brunswick Hotel

    Located amongst the Middle Eastern restaurants and Asian groceries of Sydney Road, one of the city's most colorful and multicultural neighborhoods, is this traditional Aussie pub. Resisting the trend that is sweeping through the inner city's drinking establishments, the Brunswick Hotel remains a relaxing place for a cool beer and a game of pool. The lounge offers Sky TV, the cable sports channel, and there is also a beer garden to while away those sunny afternoons. The kitchen serves standard pub fare in the evenings.

    140 Sydney Road
    Melbourne, VIC 3056

    »The Corner on Bellair

    This cozy café, snuggled into a corner of Bellair Street, offers an extensive range of foods, from build-your-own cooked breakfasts to gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Authentic Thai food is also available at Corner on Bellair, with dishes such as Masuman Curry and Green Curry cooked by the Thai co-owner, Noi. The menu reveals an appreciation for quality ingredients. The hot chocolate is made with real chocolate and the breads come from Phillippa's, one of Melbourne's premier bakeries. The cafe also attracts diners with its warm, eclectic decor. 

    170 Bellair Street
    Melbourne, VIC 3031
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