“We love supporting live music. Bands can play here on weekends and get experience performing live,” said Footscray Hotel publican, Sharon.
The pub has been somewhat shrouded by Regional Rail Link fencing for much of the year as work continues on the Hopkins Street bridge, but the Hotel is open for business and Sharon is encouraging young musicians to take advantage of the stage set up.
“Musos can book a set or just drop in to our open mic night on Sundays, 5-11pm,” said Sharon.
Footscray Hotel is an unpretentious old-school pub with an honest and simple offering.
“There are no pokies here. No TAB. We play the footy on TV, we have a juke box, we have a pin ball machine. We keep it simple,” said Sharon.
The pub has two pool tables and is part of the northern district pool competition, with members playing against other pubs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
“We’ve recently opened a kitchen too. There’s a new menu with traditional pub meals – chicken parma , steak and chips, or steak sandwich and chips for $15 or less,” said Sharon.
Out the back is a hidden beer garden, with classic Footscray palms, several tables and outdoor heaters.
No pub is complete without a furry mascot and you will receive a warm welcome from Sugar, the energetic staffy recently featured in our celebrity pets story.
48 Hopkins Street, on the way to Dynon Road.
Phone 9689 1134
Kitchen open 11am-8.30pm everyday except Mondays
Musicians interested in playing at the pub should contact Chris, Manager, on the number above.