Events at Hotel Esplanade

Basement Blues: Collard Greens and Gravy

Sun 25 Aug 2019, 3.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // Blues is taking over the Basement with a different line up each week! // FREE ENTRY more »

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The True Love Tattoo Podcast: Live Recording

Mon 26 Aug 2019, 4.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

This podcast dives deep with some of Australia’s most loved tattooers and discusses potential, work ethic, perseverance and influences amongst some crazy stories that shaped them to be who they are today. more »

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Architecture Now with Techne

Mon 26 Aug 2019, 6.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

A tour lead by architects Techne, a transformative part of the collective of creatives behind the 2018 reincarnation of Hotel Esplanade. more »

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That's The Drink Talking: Podcast Recording

Tue 27 Aug 2019, 2.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

The delightful sounds of beers opening, the cheer of brews being drunk, the joys of a tasty drop...elation of botanicals on the nose. more »

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The Espy Underground Sessions

Tue 27 Aug 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Expect some weird and wonderful sounds emanating from The Hotel Esplanade Basement this year, thanks to experimental new music specialists, Ossicle Duo. more »

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Heavy Glow + The Elliotts + Since We Kissed

Thu 29 Aug 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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Rosella + Hiddenite + James Moloney & The Mad Dog Harrisons

Fri 30 Aug 2019, 8.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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Official Closing Party: Huntly + Bad Bangs + Purr Usual

Sat 31 Aug 2019, 3.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Beat Magazine & The Espy present: Live N Local After Party! Feat. Huntly, Bad Bangs + Purr Usual // FREE ENTRY more »

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Johnny Bipolar + Purple Erk + Suzi

Sat 31 Aug 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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Mannequin Death Squad + Bloody Rascals + F** The Fitzroy Doom Scene

Sat 31 Aug 2019, 10.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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Basement Blues: Surf & Turf

Sun 1 Sep 2019, 3.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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The True Love Tattoo Podcast: Live Recording

Mon 2 Sep 2019, 4.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

This podcast dives deep with some of Australia’s most loved tattooers and discusses potential, work ethic, perseverance and influences amongst some crazy stories that shaped them to be who they are today. more »

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That's The Drink Talking: Podcast Recording

Tue 3 Sep 2019, 2.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

The delightful sounds of beers opening, the cheer of brews being drunk, the joys of a tasty drop...elation of botanicals on the nose. more »

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You Am I

Wed 4 Sep 2019, 7.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE GERSHWIN ROOM // w/ special guests The Wellingtons. You Am I announce an intimate show at The Espy before heading off overseas as part of their Prior Convictions tour. more »

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Punk Consciousness: Podcast Recording

Thu 5 Sep 2019, 3.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Come into the podcast studio to absorb the vibrations over lunch as Jeremy Carne talks to his compelling guest. more »

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You Am I

Thu 5 Sep 2019, 7.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE GERSHWIN ROOM // w/ special guests The Wellingtons. You Am I announce an intimate show at The Espy before heading off overseas as part of their Prior Convictions tour. more »

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Floodlights + House Deposit

Thu 5 Sep 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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Honk - Album launch

Fri 6 Sep 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // FREE ENTRY Melbourne rhythm n' roots band, HONK release their debut record - 'With the Lot' more »

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THIS IS PUBLIC: Podcast recording

Sat 7 Sep 2019, 11.00am | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Join us for the fourth podcast recording of Open House Melbourne's 'This is Public' in our Podcast Studios. The Espy Kitchen will be open to serve your booth, and the bar is nearby for refreshments. Come alone or with many for good food and compelling conversation. more »

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Snotty Nose Rez Kids + Lady Lash + Ridzy

Sat 7 Sep 2019, 8.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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Basement Blues: Three Kings

Sun 8 Sep 2019, 3.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // Blues is taking over the Basement with a different line up each week! // FREE ENTRY more »

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The True Love Tattoo Podcast: Live Recording

Mon 9 Sep 2019, 4.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

This podcast dives deep with some of Australia’s most loved tattooers and discusses potential, work ethic, perseverance and influences amongst some crazy stories that shaped them to be who they are today. more »

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Drop In Life Drawing

Mon 9 Sep 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Reveal your inner creative as we welcome you into the warmth of the private balcony bar with one of our favourite artists. An opportunity to 'drop in' to your freedom by putting pencil to paper. more »

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That's The Drink Talking: Podcast Recording

Tue 10 Sep 2019, 2.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

The delightful sounds of beers opening, the cheer of brews being drunk, the joys of a tasty drop...elation of botanicals on the nose. more »

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Wavevom + Scraggers

Thu 12 Sep 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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The Fiction 'Ramona' Album Launch + The Peptides

Fri 13 Sep 2019, 8.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // FREE ENTRY The finest, dirtiest St Kilda rock n' roll bands - a feast of aural and visual pleasure. more »

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Basement Blues: Heinous Hounds Blues Band

Sun 15 Sep 2019, 3.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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Felton Story

Mon 16 Sep 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

A treat for culture lovers, history buffs and those who like a good yarn, this storytelling experience illuminates the little known life of former Hotel Esplanade resident Alfred Felton, Australia’s largest philanthropist to the arts. more »

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Melbourne Fringe Festival

Mon 16 Sep 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Glenn Manton presents "Put Your Damn Phone Down" more »

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Ghosts of Hotel Esplanade

Tue 17 Sep 2019, 6.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Ghost tour meets true crime and tales of centuries passed.. Explore the 140-year-old iconic Hotel Esplanade and the ghosts of land and souls. more »

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Devorah 'Wrong Time' Single Launch

Thu 19 Sep 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // Songstress Devorah releases her latest single 'Wrong Time' w/ special guests more »

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The Witching Hour + Empirical Prey

Fri 20 Sep 2019, 8.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // FREE ENTRY The finest, dirtiest St Kilda rock n' roll bands - a feast of aural and visual pleasure. // FREE ENTRY more »

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Slum Sociable L.I.F EP Tour

Sat 21 Sep 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Live in the Gershwin Room // w. special guests // Melbourne’s much loved Slum Sociable head to The Espy to celebrate their forthcoming new EP L.I.F. more »

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School Holiday Program: Bunny Racket

Sun 22 Sep 2019, 11.00am | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // FREE ENTRY! Bunny Racket is here to rock you. Whether you are 3 or 103 years old, you will not be able to resist the beautiful madness of King Bunny and his gang of fluffy punk rock friends. more »

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Basement Blues: Three Kings

Sun 22 Sep 2019, 3.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // Blues is taking over the Basement with a different line up each week! // FREE ENTRY more »

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Architecture Now with Techne

Mon 23 Sep 2019, 6.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

A tour lead by architects Techne, a transformative part of the collective of creatives behind the 2018 reincarnation of Hotel Esplanade. more »

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Cafe Philosophique: De L’amour

Tue 1 Oct 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Through spoken word, poetry, music and conversation Cafe Philosophique aims to look deeply into the things that make us human and provide a space to question and dissect their roles in our lives. more »

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Grey Mantis + Cat & Bull Club

Thu 3 Oct 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // FREE ENTRY more »

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Motor Ace

Fri 4 Oct 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE GERSHWIN ROOM // Motor Ace w. special guests // DOORS OPEN: 7.30pm more »

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Furlong + Invasion Skies + Criminal Blonde

Sat 5 Oct 2019, 8.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

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Drop In Life Drawing

Mon 7 Oct 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Reveal your inner creative as we welcome you into the warmth of the private balcony bar with one of our favourite artists. An opportunity to 'drop in' to your freedom by putting pencil to paper. more »

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Cafe Philosophique: De L’amour

Tue 8 Oct 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Through spoken word, poetry, music and conversation Cafe Philosophique aims to look deeply into the things that make us human and provide a space to question and dissect their roles in our lives. more »

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Randa & The Soul Kingdom 'Put Your Hands Up' Vinyl Single Launch

Thu 10 Oct 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // FREE ENTRY Randa & The Soul Kingdom – Put Your Hands Up Vinyl Single Launch more »

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Cafe Philosophique: De L’amour

Tue 15 Oct 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Through spoken word, poetry, music and conversation Cafe Philosophique aims to look deeply into the things that make us human and provide a space to question and dissect their roles in our lives. more »

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The Mavis's (Matt & Beki)

Fri 18 Oct 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE GERSHWIN ROOM // w/ special guests Byron St. John more »

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Cafe Philosophique: De L’amour

Tue 22 Oct 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Through spoken word, poetry, music and conversation Cafe Philosophique aims to look deeply into the things that make us human and provide a space to question and dissect their roles in our lives. more »

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Good Doogs

Sat 26 Oct 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

With Special Guests Bakers Eddy more »

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Architecture Now with Techne

Mon 28 Oct 2019, 6.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

A tour lead by architects Techne, a transformative part of the collective of creatives behind the 2018 reincarnation of Hotel Esplanade. more »

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Cafe Philosophique: De L’amour

Tue 29 Oct 2019, 7.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

Through spoken word, poetry, music and conversation Cafe Philosophique aims to look deeply into the things that make us human and provide a space to question and dissect their roles in our lives. more »

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Tim Freedman (The Whitlams)

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE GERSHWIN ROOM // The Whitlams frontman Tim Freedman performs new material for his solo tour as well as classic Whitlams hits! more »

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Little Quirks 'Life Wouldn’t Be' Tour

Sat 2 Nov 2019, 8.30pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE BASEMENT // FREE ENTRY // folk pop outfit, Little Quirks celebrate the release of their new single 'Life Wouldn't Be' w/ special guests. more »

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British India

Fri 22 Nov 2019, 8.00pm | Hotel Esplanade, VIC

LIVE IN THE GERSHWIN ROOM // Highly anticipated return of Espy veterans British India this November. w/ special guests more »

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Venue Details

“As much as you’ve bought The Espy, you’ll never really own it” – a message passed on from the previous owners of Hotel Esplanade and a statement that rings true today.

Your favourite band in The Gershwin Room, pre-gig beers in the Star Wars bar, stumbling in from the seaside… everyone has a story to tell about The Espy. 140 years of stories and secrets are hidden in its walls, from budding romances, to celebrations, break ups and make ups.

If the walls could talk, they’d tell some unbelievable tales.

A home for many years to Melbourne’s colourful characters, from members of the arts community, to musicians looking for their first big break and the philanthropist, Alfred Felton, who lived and died in The Espy.

Since reopening its doors in 2018, every square centimetre of The Espy is now open for your enjoyment, including the fifth level which has never before been open to the public.

The reimagined Hotel Esplanade is full of music, arts, cocktails, fun and laughter.

To put it simply, there is no pub like it.

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