Penny Black

420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick 3056
Opening hours:
Mon 12pm-1am, Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-11pm

History? The site of the venue was the old post office back in the day. After being sold in the early '80s it has gone from being a day care centre, a cafe, a pub named after a race horse to now The Penny Black. Fun fact: The Penny Black was named after the first adhesive postage stamp, helping us tie our links back to the original purpose of the building.


How long have you been operating? We have been operating as The Penny Black for four and a half years.


What do you feel is your major attraction? Plenty of attractions, including the impressive band room with a massive roof, to the spectacular beer garden with plenty of coverage and heating from Melbourne’s fickle weather.


What was your favorite show in the last six months and why? We have had plenty of excellent shows in the past six months, too many to choice from. One show we are extremely looking forward to is Cloud Control playing at the end of March.


Could you nominate a bartender of the month? Brendan. Brendan is our beer enthusiast and the man to ask any questions beer related. If you are lucky enough, he may even bring in some of his home brew for you to try.


How many nights of live music and entertainment are running at your venue? We run live bands every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and DJs in the beer garden Thursday to Sunday.


Ways to get there? Plenty of ways to get here, tram #19, get off at Brunswick train station. Otherwise there is a massive carpark behind the venue next door or jump on your fixie and lock your bike up on the numerous bike spots.


Available for functions? We cater for all sorts, whether it be a casual get together, birthday, work drinks, farewell parties or even a fundraiser night using our band room.


Opening hours? Monday to Saturday 12pm-1am, Sunday 12pm-11pm.


Cover charge? Zilch.


Crowd? Our crowd knows what they want, a relaxed environment, with a great selection of drinks and food, plenty of live music and entertainment and they know how to have a good time.


Food specials? $4 pizzas Monday to Friday; Wednesday is our $12 steak night; Thursday is our $12 burger night; and Sundays the kitchen get the BBQ out for some tasty goodies.


Known for? We are known for our amazing pizzas and our beer garden, the lurking monster, chilled and relaxed most of the time until Saturday night when it goes off.


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