Bendigo Hotel, History

The century-old venue has a colourful history that manages to squeeze failed robberies, axe-wielding crazies, pop divas, band room riots and fisticuffs into one hundred exciting years. The building itself boasts gorgeous Art Nouveau influenced architecture by Sydney Smith & Ogg, and is now home to one of the city's liveliest music venues. The Bendy has the best punk, rockabilly, heavy-metal, rock, rock n roll, metal, rock, indie-rock, folk and grindcore bands ripping things up in its newly renovated band room, as well as an awesome beer garden, (we're not lying, we promise) and a public bar worthy for a standoff.


1871 - 1887 Corner hotel known as Collingwood Arms Hotel
1887 Carlton Brewery purchases hotel
1888 Venue renamed "Bendigo Hotel"
1911 Carlton Brewery purchase surrounding land, demolish existing building and replace it with the current 2-storey building designed by Sydney Smith & Ogg
2010 Purchased by new owners with new management
2011 Venue celebrates its 100th year birthday
2015 Best Heavy Music Venue: The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne. Heavy Music Mag asked their readers to vote for the best of everything in the HEAVY music culture for 2015, and here's what they came up with, read more
2016 Best Live Music Pub, Time Out Melbourne, read more


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