Brunswick, Australia is a suburb of Melbourne and is 4km (2.5 miles) from the central business district of the city. Known for its vibrant multiculturalism, as well as its great restaurant and bars, Brunswick is a great addition to your stay in central Melbourne. Check out this article for the best things you can do when you go to Brunswick, Australia.
1. Bar Ossou
Enjoy an evening at this cozy, laid back and casual bar with a strong community feel, as you enjoy its daily live music. The various bands include local, upcoming and independent international artists and the feel of the place is relaxed, with a jazzy, reggae, open mic sort of vibe. Think artsy and independent.
Decorated with art as you enter the main room, the casual feel extends to the warm lights, illuminating red and yellow walls with comfy couches for seating. As you move further in to the venue, the next room becomes cozier with a luxurious space leading to the courtyard which is a space of its own, when the sun is shining.
Bar Ossou serves up drinks like beer, cocktails and wine and the food is scrumptiously African, as their menu constitutes of a mix of French and Senegalese foods. A signature drink at the bar is ‘bissap’, made of hibiscus tea imbued with lime juice, homemade liqueur and edible rose petals. Thanks to its welcoming nature, Bar Ossou has a unique feel to it as it welcomes everyone who visits.
Address: 653 Sydney Rd, Victoria VIC 3056, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday, Tues, Sun: 4pm–1am. Thurs and Fri: 4pm–3am. Sat: 1pm–3am.
Contact: +61 3 9384 3040
Website: Bar Ossou
2. The Retreat Hotel
If you are looking for a place that can either give you a space to catch up on the day’s happenings or some downtime with a book, the Retreat Hotel is the place for you. It has a trendy and fresh feel to it and always has patrons, be it on a Monday or Saturday. The DJ will always have tunes playing and they sometimes have a live band playing on the weekends, at the band area set up at the back. Grab some food from their menu as you enjoy your drinks at this rather scruffy bar on Sydney Road, in Brunswick.
The Retreat Hotel
Website: The Retreat Hotel
3. Beer Garden
With an open outdoor area, the beer garden at the Brunswick Green attracts live bands and laid back patrons, with drinks in their hands when the weather is agreeable. Kitschy decor, comedy nights and great food make this venue a must-visit when in Brunswick.
The Brunswick Green
Website: The Brunswick Green
4. The Spotted Mallard
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A place frequented by both locals and visitors, the Spotted Mallard has a menu so tasty and includes mouthwatering burgers – perfect food for a bar. As you enjoy great company and good food washed down with local craft beer, there is live music in the background from local artists.
Check out their website for a list of what will be happening and book yourself a ticket for when you are in town.
The Spotted Mallard
Website: The Spotted Mallard
5. Mi Corazon Tequila Bar
Just as its name suggests, this bar has a ton of different tequilas and cocktails based on this popular libation. They also have a special tequila and mescal tasting class you can sign up for, in advance. Long gone are the days of last-round shots of tequila and hangover hell as this bar will teach you how to taste and savor the flavors of tequila rather than just looking at it as a shot for the already inebriated individual.
Mi Corazon Tequila Bar
Website: Mi Corazon Tequila Bar
6. Deep Space
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If you have a short time in Brunswick, and you want to have a great time, head out to Deep Space - a virtual gaming center where you can team up with other players and immerse yourself in a 70-minute game that puts you smack in the middle of a virtual environment. The game is characterized by a film narrative and also has an escape room. Depending on how you play, there are several endings and the story adjusts with its built-in artificial intelligence that responds to how the players communicate with each other.
Go to Deep Space for an out of this world experience – your brain will tell you, “This isn’t real,” but your body will beg to differ as you move through the game.
Address: 52 Moreland Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 12pm–12am
Contact: +61 451 079 264
Website: Deep Space
7. Xscape Melbourne
Another game that gives you that fully immersed experience can be found at Xscape Melbourne. At Xscape Melbourne, families, groups of friends or colleagues are tested to see how well you all can work together in an escape room. The gist of the game is to find clues hidden in the room, which will help you solve puzzles, leading to locks that will need to be opened and mysteries that will need to be debunked for the group to escape the room.
It does not require special skills but it is all about how cohesively the group can work together - 60 minutes to escape a room, will it be enough? Get yourself a booking and try it out for yourself!
Website: Xscape Melbourne
8. Jacobs Reserve
If you are not into immersion games, head out to Jacobs Reserve, a green, leafy and beautiful park which is listed as a heritage site in Brunswick. Here you can have a simple picnic under the leafy trees, walk your dog (leashed only) or just sit and relax on the benches, taking in the scenery and fresh air.
Website: Jacobs Reserve
9. Jewell Railway Station Art Installation
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This is where artist dreams are made, as this whole area is just full of street art. A combination of cosmopolitan living spaces and business areas, Jewell Railway Station is a must for all that are into art and enjoy beautiful public art installations.
Jewell Railway Station Art Installation
Address: Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
Opening Hours: 24 hours
10. Christ Church
Walk into one of the most historically beautiful buildings in Brunswick and soak up all the history and architecture displayed here.
Website: Christ Church
11. Brunswick Wine Shop
A place to get delicious food and wash it down with a nice bottle of wine - yes please! Go and enjoy the warm ambiance at this family owned establishment where you can also pick up a bottle or two of their wines they stock.
Address: 16/4 Sparta Place Brunswick, 3056
Opening Hours: Sunday: 10am-7pm, Mon to Wed: 11am-8pm, Thurs to Sat: 10am-9pm
Contact: [email protected]
Website: Brunswick Wine Shop
12. Counihan Gallery
This gallery was named after Noel Counihan, an Australian artist and activist. Found in Brunswick City Hall, this gallery has been used as a public art space which exhibits contemporary art sourced from many local and international artists. This gallery is all about visual art that enthuses modernization and multiplicity.
Website: Counihan Gallery
13. BeinArt Gallery
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This art gallery is a space for figurative artists whose work is sometimes strange and somewhat out of this world. This art gallery helps promote artists from Australia, to the world. Although the gallery itself was opened in 2016, BeinArt has been in the business of art for a little over ten years thanks to their endeavors to promote, curate and educate on the arts.
Address: 1 Sparta Pl, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday to Thursday:10am–4pm. Friday and Saturday:10am–5pm. Sunday:10am–4pm.
Contact: +61 3 9939 3681
Website: BeinArt Gallery
Enjoy the new and old in Brunswick
When visiting Brunswick, indulge in art and culture that embraces the old and new. The galleries in this town will let you wander into the strange and bizarre but open your mind to how other people perceive things. Apart from the art, enjoy the food, wine, architecture and some modern gaming experiences.
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