Imperial Hotel

2-8 Bourke St, Melbourne CBD 3000
Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs 11am-11ap Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm

Originally known as Nobel’s Circus in 1852, the building housed equestrian shows, promenade concerts and lively dances until it became a permanent theatre site in 1856. It wasn’t until 1863 that the building became the Richardson’s Imperial Hotel and received only the third liquor license ever granted in Melbourne. To this day, the Imperial remains a classic Melbourne pub where you can still walk through the original Australian red cedar doors that date back to 1858.