Live music and entertainment such as trivia, comedy, theatre and movie nights provide the pulsing heartbeat that runs down the length and breadth of Sydney Road Brunswick. Live music alone attracts hundreds of music lovers to the street every year; not only do we play host to the annual Brunswick Music Festival each March and the amazing Street Party, but we also have an excellent number of quality music venues, all providing a platform for performers and live musicians from around the world. Check out The Brunswick Hotel, The Retreat, Edinburgh Castle Hotel and The Brunswick Green who all have fabulous beer gardens with Spotted Mallard, Bridie O’Reillys, and Penny Black, all presenting innovative and entertaining nights.
There are some fantastic open mic nights, poetry readings and comedy nights at places like Bar Oussou, My Handlebar and The Snug Pub, all encouraging local, home grown talent and up and coming acts from Melbourne and beyond. Trivia reigns supreme at The Edinburgh Castle, as well The Cornish Arms, with open doors at other easy-going pubs along the stretch. Notable too are the excellent weekly movie nights at The Penny Black and theatre performances at The Metanoia Theatre.
After hours entertainment and club events are provided by venues such as MyAeon, The Retreat and The Brunswick Hotel and even Maxine’s Gentleman’s Club or of you’re after a more chilled out evening then visit one of the shisha cafés like Arabica Lounge, Café Coco or Temple of Shisha towards the top end of Sydney Road, Brunswick.