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The Evelyn Hotel

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by Katy Holliday (subscribe)
A freelance property, lifestyle and travel writer based in the picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland. See more of my work at
Published September 27th 2011
Every thriving Fitzroy bar's checklist includes cheap beer, live music, space outdoors for a drink and a chat and a few handfuls of hipsters - it doesn't take much. The Evelyn Hotel on Brunswick Street meets the criteria and then some. From the outside, you find an unassuming pub on the corner of a busy street, it appears in a state of neglect a worn, tired look as though the building has battled the ages. And indeed it has. It has become a Fitzroy institution.

The Evelyn is a lot more slick on the inside although I use the term 'slick' loosely here. It boasts a large concert-style room at the back and a smaller, more intimate bar at the front with a pool table, a couple of lazy couches, and a few bar-top tables to suit.

This old veteran of the live local music scene in Melbourne has seen many a band starting their days off on their stage. Every night there is something going on whether it's an international set; an established local band; or a newbie on the circuit. If your budget doesn't allow for ticket prices grab a pint at the public bar and listen in from there.

Outside has one of the best curbs in Melbourne for a drink in the afternoon or evening with plenty of seating and heat lamps in winter. A perfect view is provided for watching the ever-bustling and colourful on-goings of Brunswick Street.

Student friendly nights are Mondays and Tuesdays, the kindly staff will pour you a ten dollar jug of beer. Thursday nights will be a little wilder with $6.50 Jagerbombs, and $2.50 pots. This aside, the major drawcard for me is the little wine shop attached at the front. The chap that runs it will sell you a decent bottle of vino before taking it to the bar for you to collect with wine glasses. Then you just need to find a cosy spot to sit and drink a delicious drop with your friends while soaking up the music and atmosphere that is The Evelyn.
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Why? Exciting live music, cheap jugs and a welcoming spirit
When: 7 days, 7 nights
Where: 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Cost: $2.50 plus
Makes me want to go there! Pity I'm not in Melbourne...
By Anonymous
Thursday, 29th of September @ 11:50 am
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