Under threat? Melbourne's pub ecosystem
After protests against prohibitive state licensing laws, this grungy beer-fuelled band room was saved from closure in 2010.
This 139-year-old St Kilda live music stalwart will re-open as a live music venue after closing two years ago after being purchased by hotel group Sand Hill Road.
This rock’n’roll-loving community hub is currently up for sale as a potential development site.
This Gold Rush-era pub was recently purchased by a developer, who lodged plans for a 26-storey apartment tower to be built on the site. It doesn’t currently have heritage protection.
204 King St, Melbourne 3000
This Irish watering hole might have seen its last St Patrick’s Day: a ten-storey development application has been lodged by new owners, which city planners are currently assessing.
271 Racecourse Rd, Flemington 3031
The Greyhound Hotel, 1853-2017: 1 Brighton Rd, St Kilda 3182
The London Hotel, 1870-2017: 92 Beach Rd, Port Melbourne 3207
The Corkman Hotel, 1857-2016: 154 Leicester St, Carlton 3053
The Stork Hotel, 1855-2013: 504 Elizabeth St, Melbourne 3000
Tap into Melbourne's pub history
Hundreds of pubs closed by the Licensing Reduction Board, which enforced a maximum number of pubs per number of ratepayers in every suburb.
Victorian pubs are not permitted to serve drinks after 6pm, as legislation enforced during the First World War remains for 50 years. The mad rush of workers to drink as much as possible between finishing work at 5pm until 6pm became known as the ‘six o’clock swill'.
Victoria is the second-last state in Australia to lift the ban, with opening hours extended to 10pm.
After a lengthy review process, Victoria’s licensing laws become the most liberal in the country. Restaurants can sell alcohol without meals and pubs are no longer required to provide food and accommodation. Many new liquor licenses are granted to venues across Melbourne.
Melbourne’s property boom means that more than 30 pubs on lucrative, large corner sites are sold to developers and demolished.
Approximately 450 pubs remain in Melbourne.