I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published May 8th 2012
The Provincial Hotel is quirky, bohemian and shabby chic all rolled into one.
The venue is often considered the heart of Fitzroy with a feel that supports comfort for people from all walks of life.
The venue is available for functions with the Salon upstairs, which supports cocktail parties of 150 and seated dining events for 100. The Chameleon bar is next to the main bar and can support cocktail events for a crowd of 80 people and a sit down meal of 30. The courtyard provides a gorgeous covered outdoor setting that is available all year round. The area can support 30 seated guests and 40 for a cocktail party. The Provincial has also recently launched a Hens High Tea package.
On the occasion I visited the Provincial, it was a quiet Monday afternoon. The venue only had a handful of guests at this time but the airy setting and super friendly staff made our visit a pleasure. We sampled the on tap pear cider and a glass of the house white. Reasonably priced the wine was crisp and fresh while the cider was very fruity without being overly sweet.
The seating ranges from bar chairs, tables to comfy couches and the windows can be opened during warmer weather.
The venue has DJs on Friday and Saturday nights - while Thursdays have Stephen Rigby performing live acoustics with a range of favourites and covers. Tuesdays is Trivia night in classic pub style.
The Provincial has a fantastic dining menu with all the modern Australian classics, such as a variety of wood fired pizzas, but also concentrating on a range of seafood and fish dishes with oysters and scallops and pastas. The dessert menu has a cheese platter as well as classic gastro pub options, including bread and butter puddings, a goat's milk panna cotta and sorbets.
Dining specials include Monday Mussel Mania ($29.50 for bottomless bowls), Thursday seafood bonanza with a two course seafood menu at $50 and classic Sunday Roast at $39 a head.
I love the atmosphere of the Provincial for a quiet afternoon drink or a great night out listening to good music among a fun crowd.