Melbourne venue Hotel Esplanade is set for a new chapter
Restored to its former grandeur and glory, ‘The Espy’ will be home to a dynamic range of lifestyle experiences and offer a new dining, drinking and cultural destination to Melbourne.
“We have always loved the pub, but we know that it holds a special place in many different hearts for many different reasons,” said Andy Mullins, Sand Hill Road director. “There’s no other pub like it in Australia.”
The team has spent the last 12 months delving into the venue’s fascinating history and meeting the local community – residents, artists, bookers, comedians, managers, family and friends who have great memories of big nights in the Gershwin Room and the main bar – to help shape The Espy’s exciting new chapter.
One of the most noticeable changes will be the scope of the venue, with parts of the building people never knew existed opening up. Visitors who remember it as two levels will now be able to journey from the basement stage and iconic public bar to the expansive main bar, garden terrace overlooking St Kilda pier, Gershwin Room, a fast-paced casual dining kitchen, Mya Tiger (a Cantonese restaurant with accompanying cocktail bar) and The Ghost of Alfred Felton (a sophisticated cocktail bar on the top floor).
“We’re not trying to please one market, that’s not The Espy,” said Mullins. “We’re going all out to create a world-class cocktail bar, and then only 27 stairs away have 800 people looking out to the ocean, drinking beers and smashing pizzas or heading into a gig at one of the stages inside. Different types of people, there for different reasons, day and night. That’s always been The Espy – a melting pot of Melbourne.”