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Old Bar Owners Expand To Regional Victoria

News posted Saturday, December 3 2011 at 12:00 AM.
Related: The Old Bar, The Bridge Hotel, Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine.

The owners of Melbourne’s Old Bar have expanded their operations to regional Victoria.

Liam Matthews, Singa Unlayiti and Joel Morrison have today (December 21) announced their acquisition of the freehold for the Bridge Hotel in Castlemaine (in the Central Victorian goldfields, about 120 kilometres northwest of Melbourne).

As of March 1 2012, the venue will reopen under the management of Brendan Noonan and Kat Hamilton, who have formerly managed The Northcote Social Club in Melbourne and The Old Bar, respectively. (Although you might know Noonan better as frontman of The Stabs.) The pair plan to host gigs in the new year, with an official launch slated for the “not too distant future”.

“Live music is an integral part of our plan for The Bridge Hotel, but realistically it's going to take a bit of time for us to get that up and running,” Noonan told M+N. “The pubs we've been involved in past in the have been music venues. That's what we know and love so it's definitely going to be part of The Bridge. We also plan to serve up some great food and hope build on what is a great local pub.”

Nestled in the Central Victorian goldfields, Castlemaine is home to the historic Theatre Royal, which will play host to the Dirty Three in March next year.

Purchased by Matthews, Unlayiti and Morrison in 2007, The Old Bar celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a round of gigs in April this year. In an interview at the time with M+N, Matthews said the one-time Spanish restaurant was the perfect fit for the trio; two of whom previously owned The Afterdark in Northcote.

“It had everything that we needed to continue trying to achieve our goals of running a venue, it was bigger than what we had and it was in Fitzroy. There was very little to think about other than, ‘How do we get it?’”

The Bridge Hotel is located at 21 Walker Street, Castlemaine.

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hyperfuzz  said about 2 years ago:

nice!


JRB  said about 2 years ago:

Yay!


Sunnyboyz  said about 2 years ago:

This is cooooool.


kuroneko  said about 2 years ago:

Fricken' excellent.


Ralph Malph  said about 2 years ago:

Chats better hope Yarra Trams extend route 96 to Castlemaine.


BigBoysSocks  said about 2 years ago:

Good news!


Pelt and/or Holler  said about 2 years ago:

woooh!


letterbox  said about 2 years ago:

sweet. not very far from melbourne. good gig spot would be siiiiiiick.


mulligan  said about 2 years ago:

Just to push the point home, Brendan & Kat own the business and will be running the pub. It's gonna be great.


Evilio  said about 2 years ago:

Seems like the place for some post-Dirty Three drinks.


Ben  said about 2 years ago:

I bought my first and last bottle of bundy rum at the Bridge!


Goal attack  said about 2 years ago:

Sicknutz


liamsnice  said about 2 years ago:

one hour and fifteen minutes on the vline train then a 10 min walk to the pub.


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

just need some dinner/gig/somewhere to sleep combo and i'll be set.


Ben  said about 2 years ago:

I reckon you can walk there in 5 mins...


poprocks96  said about 2 years ago:

1


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

if you had a hoverboard, you can probably get there in 2 minutes, unless you go over water.


Coz  said about 2 years ago:

Love it. There's not enough places to facilitate regional touring in Victoria.


MapoozR.Brown  said about 2 years ago:

Great news: a receptive venue for slap bass in a great slap bass town. The Bridge will be high to avoid fret buzz and thus will not fail.


Sunnyboyz  said about 2 years ago:

somewhere to sleep

Old Bar dudes, please now acquire a crappy motel near the pub.


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KJ  said about 2 years ago:

Yes I think it is Papa Singa


untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:


tigers  said about 2 years ago:

There will be a haloumi burger here for me tonight. Perhaps copious amounts of beer also. Perhaps.



untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:

Facepalm says Modi and PGOJ are going. Does that mean they live in Castlemaine now?


liamsnice  said about 2 years ago:

It doesnt mean that but Castlemaine is accessible to people who don't live there as well. In fact there is a train that goes there.


untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:

No, no, that's okay. Just wondering if I should blacklist it or not.


liamsnice  said about 2 years ago:

Now now, play nice with the others please.


temporarybenbutler  said about 2 years ago:

Hang on, when are the Blacklist playing?


eucalyptus  said about 2 years ago:

Popped in last night, band rooms gonna be great.


temporarybenbutler  said about 2 years ago:

ANSWER ME


liamsnice  said about 2 years ago:

Blacklist are playing there in two weeks time. You will hear all about it after you return from o/s.


etiquetteyet?  said about 2 years ago:

Is there a tv to watch the footy here?


liamsnice  said about 2 years ago:

There is two


temporarybenbutler  said about 2 years ago:

Blacklist are playing there in two weeks time. You will hear all about it after you return from o/s.

Blacklisted from C-town.


megb  said about 2 years ago:

There ARE two


etiquetteyet?  said about 2 years ago:

Great, will be there saturday night.


bigdaddykane  said about 2 years ago:

Anyone know what time the bands come on?
Do they have supports?
Trying to organise what time I leave Melbs on The Night Of Malkmus.


KJ  said about 2 years ago:

8:00pm doors
The Murlocs 8:30pm
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks 9:30pm


bigdaddykane  said about 2 years ago:

Hooray!


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