Retreat Hotel

280 Sydney Rd
Brunswick, VIC 3056
37° 46' 16.3092" S, 144° 57' 41.6088" E
Upcoming gigs Start and Finish Date/Time
D.G. Gray & Co 21st of February, 8:30pm
Gillies Blues 22nd of February, 8:30pm
The Low Down Big Band 23rd of February, 8:30pm
Benny & The Clones 24th of February, 9:30pm
Dogsday 25th of February, 5:00pm
Daniel Reeves 25th of February, 8:00pm
Outside The Academy 25th of February, 8:00pm
The Bakersfield Glee Club 26th of February, 4:30pm
Charles Jenkins 27th of February, 8:00pm
The 'Johnny Can't Dance' Cajun Band 28th of February, 8:00pm
Phone Number: 
9380 4090
Opening Hours: 
Mon-Thu 12pm-1am, Fri-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-1am

While the rest of the country has spent the last decade turning classic hotels into generic neon-lit nightmares, Melbourne has embraced the old-world charm of its locals. The Retreat embodies this throwback aesthetic. Built in 1846, it hasn't seen a whole lot of change over the last 150 years. Judging by the decor, the Retreat had its last major renovation sometime in the early '80s. The vinyl chairs and couches in the main bar are certainly vintage classics. The rest of the decor follows a similar line. It's like taking a step back in time. Maybe The Retreat is stuck in some sort of space/time warp? One that appears to be inhabited by many bars and hotels located north of the city. But even by Melbourne pub standards it's old fashioned - and therein lies the appeal. If you're looking for a no-thrills pub to sink a few beers, eat a pub lunch and reminisce about classic Australian soap operas from the 1980s, this is the place. Judging by the amount of folks in the beer garden each weekend, that seems to be a regular plan. It's not unlike walking onto the set of Kingswood Country/Richmond Hill, et al. Mind you, the music is much better when the live bands set up shop outside.