Iconic Melbourne music venues doing takeaway food and booze in lockdown

Iconic Melbourne music venues doing takeaway food and booze in lockdown

Words by Kate Streader

Support your local.

Live music may be at a standstill in Melbourne for the foreseeable future, but there are still plenty of other ways to support your favourite venues while the stage three restrictions remain in place. Many live music hubs have turned to offering takeaway food and booze to help make some coin during this tough period, so we’ve put together a list of some of Melbourne’s most beloved venues slinging dinner and drinks over the coming weeks.

The Tote

We never thought we’d see the day, but The Tote has transformed itself into a vegan haven with its offering of burgers and fresh veggie boxes. Operating as a hole-in-the-wall style takeaway joint during the lockdown, The Tote’s new vegan sister Polly’s is doing all-vegan burgers and bowls from Tuesday to Saturday nights. Plus, they’re now offering two produce box options to keep you well-fed in isolation, including a veggie box bursting with fresh fruit and veg as well as a date night box with wine, flowers and a 90 per cent prepared meal, with the option of adding on dessert and extra drinks, to spice up your weekend at home.



Beloved Brunswick watering hole and home of live music, Howler, is slinging takeaway burgers, beers snacks and wine from Wednesday to Saturday across the lockdown period. Whether you’re chasing a classic beef burger made with top quality ingredients or a vegan fried chicken burger is more your style, Howler’s menu will have you drooling. We recommend throwing on some tunes and dimming the lights while you dig in to recreate the signature Howler ambience.


The Espy

Everyone’s favourite southside hub The Espy is now letting punters take a slice of the seaside venue home with their offering of takeaway fare, DIY meal kits and drinks. If you’re chasing maximum reward for minimum effort, pick up a premade margarita or martini and pair it with your choice of Asian fusion favourites from the  Mya Tiger menu. Or, if you want to get adventurous, grab yourself a bottle of wine and a DIY kit and cook yourself a feast that’s guaranteed to be delicious, no matter where your kitchen skills stand.


The Curtin

While The Curtin may be closed for now, its in-house restaurant Sonny’s Fried Chicken & Burgers is still serving up all your favourites to keep those lockdown blues at bay. Feed the whole house with a whole fried chook and all the trimmings, from corn on the cob lathered in butter and paprika to super creamy mac’n’cheese, slaw and, of course, mashed potatoes and gravy. They’ve also got a bunch of vegan and vegetarian options certain to hit the spot!


The Wesley Anne

Northcote’s The Wesley Anne has teamed up with its Brunswick-based sister venues Edinburgh Castle and Charles Weston to deliver tummy-warming eats in lockdown. In addition to a menu bursting with pub favourites like fish and chips and chicken or eggplant parmas, they’ve got a bunch of weekly specials ranging from Roo & Wine Mondays to Pie & Stubbie Wednesdays. Plus you can opt for pick up or delivery from your nearest venue.


The B.East

The current restrictions haven’t stopped Brunswick East’s burger, beer and beats hub The B.East from keeping hungry locals happy. Not only are they still serving up burgers in lockdown, but you can get your hands on  The B.East’s secret Mary mix to whip up your own Bloody Marys for a Sunday sesh at home. They’ve also got hot wings, loaded poutine, a heap of vegan options and loads more. And, if you’re missing the taste of a good old tap beer, head over to their Brunswick Street sister venue The B.East of Brunswick Street for a $5 half litre of the good stuff.


The Post Office Hotel

Coburg favourite The Post Office Hotel has become your one-stop-shop for food and booze in lockdown. Their bottle shop is bursting with iso specials, like a mystery six-pack full of local brews, pre-made espresso martinis and negronis, takeaway litre growlers of tap beer and loads more, with delivery available for surrounding suburbs. They’ve also got takeaway pub fare, coffee, select grocery items and family packs ranging from taco kits to a roast dinner.


The Bendigo Hotel

Collingwood’s home of heavy rock is clearing out its liquor stock at bargain prices. The bottle shop is open from Thursday to Sunday so you can grab the cheapest booze around while supporting the local live music scene. They’re also giving away playing cards and shot glasses with your purchase to help make up for the fact that you’ll be drinking at home and not at their bar. If you want to make sure you see the Bendi on the other side of the pandemic, you can also donate to the venue directly via their website.


Whole Lotta Love

Show some love to Brunswick East’s Zeppelin-inspired dive bar by stopping in for your next grog run. They’re open from 4pm-6pm on weekdays and 3-pm-7pm on Saturdays for takeaway drinks, merch and hot sauce. Bring your own growler or container and help Whole Lotta Love empty their kegs and pay their rent. We can’t promise you’ll have as much fun drinking at home as you would if you were out, but it’s a known fact that booze tastes better when it comes from the bar.


The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar

The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar sure as hell aren’t going down without a fight, so while their doors are shut they’ve got a bunch of ways you can show your support. They’re selling merch, takeaway fried chicken and cocktails, ready to eat and cook at home meals, and they’ve even launched their own music mag which you can subscribe to for the price of a pint a month for six months. What more could you want?


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The Fried Chicken will be hitting the streets of Lock Down City again tonight. If you’re wanting some delivery hit up https://www.thelastchance.com.au/fried-chicken and place your order. Heaps of Melbourne’s Best Fried Chicken & Cocktail Bags available for your enjoyment. All available available Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat. If you want to pick up we will be taking orders through the old Facebook messenger. Leannes even got some Bite Sized Cream Puffs (which is made with the choux if you get into the Great British Bake Off… I know this because she makes me watch it) for dessert if your that way inclined. Unfortunately they can’t be done Vegan though which is a bit of a bummer. Fucking delicious.

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