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Published September 5th 2016
Big Packages for the Big Day
About this Historic Pub
One hundred and thirty years ago this beautiful old building was a textile mill. It has transformed several times. Slap-bang between four of the most famous laneways, Garden State Hotel comfortably settles amongst a collection of the best, busiest and most innovative restaurants in the country. The new design of the pub retains a lot the existing building, including the façade built in 1896 and the majority of the former clothing factory's distinctive saw-tooth roof. The middle two bays have been exposed, revealing the trusses and opening the beer garden to sky above.
Owned by brothers Matt and Andy Mullins, Tom Birch and Doug Maskiell, the Sand Hill Road Group has gained a reputation for reinvigorating sites and delivering interesting and dynamic spaces, while keeping true to the ideals of a traditional pub. They own a suite of innovative pubs including the Richmond Club Hotel, Bridge Hotel, Prahran Hotel, Terminus Hotel, The Posty and Holliava. The Garden State Hotel is big - really big – it's nearly 2,000 square metres, four levels and houses 840 people. "It's a lush oasis for busy city workers and residents surrounded by the vast concrete jungle," says Mullins.
The enormous multi-levelled beer garden is set in the centre of the pub, where the greenery transfers from the outside in with three large ficus trees dominating the space, nestled within a vast oak pergola.
On the ground level, patrons are greeted by a traditional public bar offering views into and through the entire venue and out onto bustling Flinders Lane. The space is built around an enormous island bar, with fluted timber, a stone bar top, bar seating, booths, bar tables and a large double-sided fireplace. Set at the back of the public bar you will find the beer garden, the heart of the venue connecting the ground and lower basement levels through cascading seating zones with its large atrium reaching to the uppermost levels of the venue. One long bar serves the space, with a self-order kiosk delivering tasty toasted sandwiches and snacks of the day all served in no longer than six minutes for city workers and pre-event crowds.
At the rear of the beer garden you will find the Garden Grill, the primary dining space. An inspired, sophisticated, yet fun sharing. The Garden Grill also features a Raw Bar which offers the freshest seafood.
On the basement level lies an intimate saloon called the Rose Garden. Adorned with French crystal chandeliers, rose bouquets, vintage vases, eclectic antique wall décor and giant rose motifs hand-painted by local artists, this styling is set amongst crumbling red brick and industrial steel beams.
On the first floor, you will find the Balcony Dining Room, a private dining space for 18 people This includes private bathrooms and an exclusive balcony looking down into the beer garden and set menus derived from the seasonal Garden Grill menu. On the second floor, you will find the premier functions space, The Observatory, a glamorous, light-filled space for up to 120 people with views down through the enchanting beer garden below. This features a private bar and balcony ideal for special events and corporate functions.
With footy fever at a peak, this is not the time to be thinking on that one day in September 'Where will I go?' The state of the art Garden State Hotel in Flinders Lane makes your planning easy.
They are offering four tempting packages to help you party in style all day long. If you're going to the game, it's a just a walk along the Yarra or there's plenty of public transport to get you there after brekky or lunch (package 1 and 2).
1. Pre-Game Breakfast Package If you're heading to the big dance, revel in the Pre-Game Breakfast Package for $85pp from 9am-12pm. This includes a set menu and three-hour drinks offer.
2. Game Time in The Garden Package
Keen to catch the game in the garden? Purchase the Game Time in the Garden Package for $85pp which includes a one-hour drinks package before the bounce in the beer garden, roaming footy snacks and toasties during the game.
3. Game Time in The Observatory Package
This is the Big One. For a more civilised experience and to get a guaranteed seat and view of the game, get around the game time in The Observatory package for $155pp which includes a three course sit down lunch and drinks package for the duration of the game.
4. Private dining room
Set to impress. Why not book the Private dining room for something really special. The fee for the afternoon (12pm-6pm) including a ten-course banquet with matched wines and cocktails for $4,000.
Free entry - Doors open at 11am
Games showing on over 20 screens
Public bar open all day-Drinks at bar prices-Table is yours for the day
Restaurant package: $50 per person, two-course set menu
Upton Bar package- four hour food and drink package: $100 per person
After party- DJ playing downstairs following the Norm Smith presentation
The Bridge Hotel
Doors open t 10am
Breakfast menu available 10am-12pm
Bistro bookings available
14 TV's throughout the venue
DJ playing after Norm Smith presentation
The Bridge Hotel
Doors open at 10am
Kitchen open all day
Garden Party in the laneway
Game on a big screen
Half time handball competition with footy prize packs to be won
DJ playing from after the Norm Smith presentation until close
The Richmond Club Hotel
Doors open at 8am
$90 Brekkie Package
3-hour drink package from 9am-12pm
Bookings available on all levels -Table is yours for the day
Entertainment after the Norm Smith presentation
Doors open 10am-1am
Pre and post-game offer: $1 Sausage sizzle
During the game offer:
$10 BBQ plate- various meats, bread roll, salad
$40 BBQ platter- various meats, bread rolls, salad
$13 BBQ plate pot
$50 BBQ platter jug
Ava Spin running throughout the game and CUB prizes available