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Brunswick, VIC


LIVE MUSIC of all flavours takes place on the Howler stage, from cabaret to heavy metal. But one thing is for certain – if you head to a gig at Howler, you’re going to get up-close-and-personal. Plus, the sound quality is always top notch.

FAMOUS FOR their amazing architectural sunroom and beer garden, where you can bask in the summer heat over a pint or two. It’s worth heading over just to check it out.

INFAMOUS FOR drawing a too-cool-for-school crowd. I’ll be honest, the people who fill Howler’s halls tend to skew towards hipster, artsy and hot. Don’t let this intimidate you, though – the vibe is always super welcoming.

Hidden within an unassuming Brunswick warehouse, the Howler front bar is a study in light, shadow and plant life. From the towering conceptual steel tree that launches itself from the building as you enter, to the stunning bespoke bar design with its huge heated beer garden. It is a relaxed and unique space for people to get together for a drink, a chat and to enjoy some Asian hawker-style tapas while DJs set the mood and tone from Wednesday to Sunday.

Brunswick’s much-loved Howler is a staple of the community for good reason. Born out of an old warehouse near the station, it’s one of those great hidden gems that keeps you coming back time and time again.

You’ll find the venue, which is tucked between the Brunswick Baths and RMIT’s Brunswick campus, by locating the massive zebra mural on the outside.

In their dining room slash chill-out spot, they’re kept the industrial edge of their warehouse predecessor and added potted pants, angular lanterns, and warm wood – it’s an all-too-easy space to spend your idle hours, chatting with friends over frosty cocktails.

When it comes to the music, they do it right. Boogie down in the sizable bandroom before cooling off with drinks at the bar. And don’t miss out on the eats – they’ve got classic pub fare, pizzas, and a handful of healthy options. Vegans and veggos won’t have trouble getting a feed.

If your taste in beer tends to be a tad unconventional, you’re in for a treat. From sours to dark beers, they’ve usually got an assortment of funky stuff to keep you going.

They have some pretty solid weekly deals on food and drink as well. To name a few; Wednesday is burger day, $15 for a burger that comes with your choice of fries, and every Tuesday through to Friday, you can enjoy a pint of ice-cold Moondoog lager for only $8.

Head down to 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick to see what all the fuss is about. They’re open every day except Mondays.