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Published March 15th 2012
Nighthawk Live's stylish renovation and a very exciting line-up, including the unique and highly talented Matt Roney on Thursday nights, has revived the Melbourne music scene in a very big way.
Nighthawk, the Bayside icon on the prominent corner of Nepean Highway, Balcolmbe Road and Warrigal Road in Mentone, has had a massive make-over. It's bigger, brighter and buzzing with a fresh, vibrant energy that's seeing both patrons and prominent bands flock to the friendly music venue.
Thursday nights, starting March 22nd, just got a whole lot more exciting with The Crabs Live, featuring Matt Roney, gifted singer, songwriter and guitarist, together with percussionist Petrus
Humme, a very talented young musician with a big future ahead.
Their up-tempo, infectious Latin funk blues appeals to people of all ages. It's fun and it's danceable. In fact, it's almost impossible to stay still when these two get their music groove on, so much so, that I'll be shakin' it in the middle of the dance floor.
Pop the volume up, maybe fling the chair out way for a little space, and liven up your day with a little groovin' to the Latin flavour of The Crabs Live.
Matt's been playing live music, primarily originals with a few clever interpretations of covers, in Melbourne, Bayside and the Mornington Peninsula for more than a decade. He's a much-loved local with a loyal following, not to mention a huge, heaven-sent voice.
The Thursday gig starts at 8.30 and goes to around 11.30 so, if you're worried about Friday's early start, you can always catch a few hours, head home and still get a good night's sleep. Mentone, for those who don't know it, is only around half an hour south of the CBD
What I like about Nighthawk is its versatility. Given its various nooks and a spacious undercover courtyard, you can enjoy anything from a meal or quiet drink at the bar to a big night out with plenty of dancing.
Many excellent bands make a regular appearance at Nighthawk, including Cold Snap and Jimi Hocking. Keep an on the Events Calendar for the latest gig guide.
If you're planning a big night, that means no driving. That might also mean staying the night, or maybe a few if a little holiday is possible. That way you'll also get to check out some Bayside attractions, including the great beaches and walking tracks of
Here are my top picks of nearby places to stay. The recently-refurnished Parkdale Motor Inn, is literally just over the road. How neat's that. It's fresh, bright, comfortable, has a range of accommodation options including spa suites and, with prices starting at $110 per night, is very affordable.
Or maybe step it up a notch with a stay in a stylish, serviced house, apartment or B n B in beautiful, nearby Bayside suburbs. You can check these beauties out at Stay Beachside Properties.
It really depends on what you're after. The options are many. You can also check with Stay Bayside for many more choices and expert assistance on choosing one that best suits your needs.
While in beautiful Bayside, do check out True South, Black Rock's own brewery, restaurant & function centre. It's perfectly positioned just over the road from the beach, features live, relaxed acoustic music on Sunday afternoons, and boasts a beautiful Argentinian menu including some very tasty tapas.
A night out is always best followed by a beaut breakfast. My pick would have to be Truly Scrumptious on Granary Lane in Mentone. Why? Well, the name says it all. Colleen and the team, in addition to providing high-quality catering, will dish you up a fabulous breakfast or lunch six days a week.
Between good food, Matt's music, bands galore, boutique beers and beaut places to stay, Bayside rocks.