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The best places to eat and drink for Sydney Road Street Party 2019

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Charles Weston

27 Weston Street, Brunswick

With a huge drinks menu, classic pub meals and a roaring fireplace, it’s no surprise the Charles Weston is the place to be when you and the mates need to sink a beer or two. Charles Weston will be bringing together a peculiar but intriguing lineup of acts for Sunday arvo. Blues singer-songwriter Cruwys will be headlining the proceedings, no doubt with a setlist of blended techno, blues and new wave. Following Cruwys will be pop solo artist Selki. The Byron Bay-native draws on a range of ‘60s and ‘70s music, world and contemporary pop influences. 

Hot off the heels of their Melbourne album launch and show at Tassie’s iconic MONA, post-rock jazz band Soft Power will be making an appearance on the Charles Weston stage also. As if it couldn’t get any more diverse, DJ Chips and Salad ups the ante further, with a signature mash of indie synth, Kraut and dub reggae. To top it off, the hotel is embracing a true street party vibe and have prepared an exciting menu of street food available all day.

Edinburgh Castle

681 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Long live the Edinburgh Castle. Since opening in 2007, the watering hole has been dishing out lunchtime specials and vibrant live gigs for the masses to revel in. Now, the beloved Brunswick pub has joined in the Sydney Road Street Party commotion once again with a diverse lineup of intimate performances and grooving sessions. Bluesy folk singer-songwriter Jess DeLuca will be taking to the Edinburgh Castle stage first up. DeLuca earned a huge boost in popularity for her hits ‘Lucifer’ and ‘Woods’ after entering the regular rotation on triple j Unearthed. 

In the sunny beer garden of the Castle, Melbourne-based four-piece Baby Blue will bejamming out in an intimate solo set of ‘70s-inspired garage, doo-wop and blues. In stark contrast to the solo acts, brassy eight-piece The Seduceaphones will fill the Edinburgh Castle halls with a blaring, European-inspired sound. Finally, the evening will be capped off with a boogie. DJ Lady Blades will be hitting the decks and pumping out a smooth blend of R&B, surf, exotica and rock’n’roll.

Whole Lotta Love 

524 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Whole Lotta Love is the brainchild of Dillan Burchall and Sash Janssen and has become a popular Brunswick haunt for those not just after live music but a place to have a casual drink and catch up with friends. As Janssen put it when Beat spoke to her in November 2018, “If you like to go to a place where you can sit at the bar with reasonably priced craft beer and have a chat or terrible banter with the bartenders and locals, then we are for you.”

Live music takes over the venue from Wednesday to Sunday, providing an inclusive environment whereby bands both great and small are welcomed to play. You could be releasing your debut EP or could be a band that ordinarily sell out the venue but are just keen to play an intimate set. An Open Mic Night kicks of the music week opening the door for any musician to get up and ply their craft. You’ll have the opportunity to sell CDs, meet likeminded people and potentially come across some industry professionals.

With Sydney Road Street Party just around the corner, Whole Lotta Love has got a huge week in the lead-up to the event. Wednesday’s Open Mic Night is followed by an evening of acoustic stoner rock featuring bands Death By Carrot and Sleeper Service. Following separate shows from punk outfits IdleSuburbia and Forklift Assassins, the Sydney Road Street Party will see the likes of Wilson Blackley & Amy Powell team up for a show. The duo will enliven the bandroom straight after Whole Lotta Love’s evening Open Mic Comedy.

Quarry Hotel                             

101 Lygon Street

The Quarry Hotel is any nostalgia junkie’s dream, boasting a picturesque 1920s exterior, but with a modern pub menu. March is gearing up to be a huge month for the Brunswick venue, with the Sydney Road Street Party and more on the horizon. 

In celebration of the street party, the Quarry Hotel will be hosting a massive UFC screening event for all the fans who need to stop and watch the match. But the Quarry also keeps the good vibes rolling outside of annual street-wide events and the pub has locked in a huge number of acts. 

To kick off the month, ‘50s/’60s rock’n’roll band Juke Box Racket will bring a blast from the past, paying homage to the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly and more. Following Juke Box Racket on Saturday March 2 will be powerhouse cover band Overdrive. The Melbourne locals are bringing a jam-packed show of rock, pop and dance tunes to the Quarry Hotel stage. These two gigs are just a sliver of what the venue has in store for March, so check the website for more.

D1uno

99 Holmes Street, Brunswick

What is the D1uno story? D1uno was established in 2012, the previous owners just wanted a cool place to hang and out and enjoy a good home-cooked meal, with international cuisine that is always changing, as well as breakfast options and delicious wraps, sandwiches or burgers for on the go.

Melbourne is one of the most vibrant food cities in the world. What role does D1uno play in upholding this reputation? D1uno is a secret gem here in Brunswick East. On the outside it appears to be just a simple café that has wraps, burgers and sandwiches, but when you look deeper into our menu and ask a few questions to our friendly and passionate staff members you’ll find that we never just give you what the menu says, we are always open to what a customer is feeling like and we go with it. 

Tell us about your catering options. We can cater to any theme that our customers want because we have such an extensive menu, and we can also cater to buffet style, finger food and canape. If it’s just an office meeting or lunch, we always recommend the wraps/sandwiches platters or sushi with a fruit platter to match. 

What do you offer for those after a quick lunch meal? We have focaccias ready to go for people on the run, otherwise it only takes a few minutes to make up a wrap or burger from our great deli options. During lunch we run two to three options of stir-fry and rice, as well as roasted chicken and our famous home-made sausage rolls. All options are made to order in under 15 minutes. 

Ciao Mamma      

3 Union Street, Brunswick

Tell us more about the Ciao Mamma story. Ciao Mamma opened in October 2017. The idea of opening a restaurant had been on the back of Tina’s (aka Mamma’s) mind since she was a child. Our fresh pasta bar concept was inspired by the belief that we all love to eat fresh, so we make everything on site.

Are there any recent menu additions that your guests should keep an eye out for? We serve our fresh Marinara pasta as a weekly special from Thursday through to Sunday. We also recently added a Crema Limone (lemon sorbet) to our dessert list which we use to make a delicious ‘Sgroppino’ – a Venetian cocktail made with vodka and Prosecco.

Ciao Mamma was the first Italian pasta restaurant to be accredited by Coeliac Australia. Why was it important that you did this? It was always important for us to provide a restaurant where families could eat together, but when Mamma’s son became Coeliac, it became our mission to ensure that families with a Coeliac member could eat together safely. 

What do you want your guests to get out of their experience? We aim to provide a relaxed dining experience with high-quality Italian food in a modern Brunswick setting. We see families with young children, young couples and even hard to please Italian grandmothers, all enjoying time out from their own kitchen.

Sydney Road Street Party kicks off Sunday March 3. Check out the Brunswick Music Festival website for more information.