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Royal Hotel (Essendon)

Address:
873 Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon 3040
Opening hours:
Daily 9am-5am
http://www.royalhotelessendon.com.au

Bistro dining, entertainment every Friday and Sunday night, beer garden with large 103" plasma, and full TAB and sportsbet facilities.

The Deck

Address:
2-4 Davey Street , Frankston 3199
Opening hours:
Wed -Sun Midday-Late

CBD Nightclub

Address:
14 McKillop St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Fri-Sat 10pm-5am

Bar Of Bengal

Address:
212A Whitehall St, Yarraville 3103
Opening hours:
For special events
http://www.kindredstudios.com.au

Kindred Studios has rehearsal and studio rooms as well as the Frontspace Function Room which is a unique licensed venue with a cosy, laid back, lounge vibe.

Orange Whip

Address:
115-119 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood 3134
Opening hours:
Thu & Sat 9pm-5am
http://www.orangewhip.com.au

Inflation

Address:
60 King St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Consult website
http://www.inflation.com.au

Inflation is a multi-level entertainment complex in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. It has always catered to a broad range of scenes and is currently hosting dance parties, touring acts, RnB nights, rooftop parties (Geddes Lounge) and private functions

Glenferrie Social

Address:
660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn 3122
Opening hours:
http://www.glenferriesocial.com.au

The Emerson

Address:
143-145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra 3141
Opening hours:
http://www.theemerson.com.au

Sherlock Holmes Inn

Address:
415 Collins St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 11.30am-late, Sun 2pm-late
http://thesherlockholmes.com.au

The Sherlock Holmes character was invented by Scottish author and physician, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A detective who used his powers of deduction (and a little bit of cocaine) to solve mysteries, Holmes would star in four novels and countless short stories. 120 years since those stories first appeared in print, the character remains hugely popular and the books capture a very distinct view of 19th century London. Melbourne's Sherlock Holmes Bar and Restaurant does an admirable job of capturing that same spirit. Sidle in off the street and you'll find a dimly lit pub filled with (restrained) British character. Traditional wooden tables are complimented with antique sea-fairing prints and the place has a great old-world charm. You half expect the patrons to speak with cockney accents - some even do. The beer selection is as leftfield as the bar's Sherlock Holmes theme, showcasing a variety of locally produced micro-brews alongside the regular mix of spirits and wines. There's not much in the way of cocktails, but this isn't that kind of place. Also, Sherlock Holmes didn't drink cocktails. Well, not to the best of our knowledge. He had other, less savoury vices.

The Hi-Fi

Address:
125 Swanston St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
For special events
http://www.thehifi.com.au

If you're a fan of live music then you've probably set foot in Hi-Fi Bar at least a few times. Located in the centre of town, it's one of Melbourne's most popular music venues. Thursdays through to Saturdays will usually have one touring international or another on the bill, and if you happen to walk past around 9pm you'll find a line of patrons snaking around outside. The actual venue is spread over two levels with an intimate mezzanine bar upstairs overlooking the main room below. Either way, the large stage at the front of the room is the focal point - fair enough given this is a live music venue. The mezzanine packs up to 150 people and features its own bar. There's some seating scattered around the edges and you wouldn't be ashamed to use it as a 'VIP area' for touring bands. The main room is basically an empty floor space with a sunken moshpit and carpeted walls. There are no chairs or couches because, frankly, the crowd will either be yelling for drinks at the bar or facing the stage. If you have an overwhelming urge to sit down this clearly isn't the place to be. With the focus on live music, the drinks selection tends to be simple and to the point - beers and premixed spirits. There's a reasonable selection of both (local and imported), but nothing that's going to blow anyone's mind. At the end of the day, people come to Hi-Fi bar for the music - not to swan around with cocktails. And if you catch the place during Comedy Festival time, the place transforms into a comedy/retro disco joint.

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