The Croxton


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The Croxton

Thornbury, VIC

The Croxton
Words by Jack O’Shea Ayres

If there’s one venue to offer it all in the heart of Melbourne’s diverse music scene, it’s The Croxton in Thornbury.

Live Music: From local indie favourites to international rock legends, The Croxton has the whole family covered. There’s even an indoor playground for the kids while you thrash your head about in The Croxton’s iconic ballroom.

Famous For: Its legendary history. The Croxton has built its reputation on nothing but class, with a huge ballroom built in the mid-twentieth century seeing some of Australia’s most iconic bands performing. AC/DC, Skyhooks, INXS and Men at Work played here!

Infamous For: The Croxton delivers old-school pub vibes. As bustling a venue in the seventies and eighties as it is today, stepping into The Croxton is like stepping back in time – especially with its cheap drink deals on offer all day and everyday.

Melbourne’s vibrant music scene has earned it the well-deserved reputation as Australia’s live music capital thanks to venues like The Croxton, reminding us Melburnians of why we choose to live in such a bustling environment of legendary music performances. If you’re heading to Thornbury, you’re probably heading to The Croxton.

Thornbury definitely lives and breathes music. With Northcote housing some of the biggest music venues in Melbourne right next door, it’s certainly a hot spot for locals, but its iconography can always be traced back to the early days of The Croxton.

It’s easy to spend a whole night out at The Croxton’s massive bistro delivers the perfect pre-gig meal paired with a drop or two for the belated family catch-up, an intimate date night or hanging with mates. After fuelling up with the bistro’s delicious assortment of pub food, the outback ballroom is the perfect spot to dance and get loose to some of the greatest music performances you’ll ever see.

Every Wednesday sees The Croxton come alive for trivia. Everyone packs into the bistro and pulls their heads together for a competitive night of testing their smarts to win the grand $100 venue voucher.

Decades since the golden era of pub rock when The Croxton hosted the likes of AC/DC, Skyhooks and Cold Chisel, the venue has completely renovated its bandroom, artist spaces, bars and sound/lighting systems. The new era Croxton now has a huge bandroom with an unobstructed view of the stage, two bars and a beer garden.