UPDATE: As of December 17 2013, the Empress has been indefinitely closed for business.

When it comes to tales of Melbourne's famous music scene under assault from The Man, it's always the Tote that folks leap to defend first. Fair enough, it's an awesome venue and one that deserved saving, but it's not the only warrior in town.

The Empress Hotel has been battling noise complaints from fuddy duddy neighbours since the '80s. A crusty old stalwart, it deserves to share the crown as perhaps queen to the Tote's king of live music. Silverchair started off right here.

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The Empress Hotel details

714 Nicholson St

Fitzroy North 3068

Telephone 03 9489 8605

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Restaurants near The Empress Hotel

Nicholson Street Baker

23m - This cafe is as unpretentious as the pastries. Danishes to die for and...

Birdie Num Nums

113m - An old favourite in the North. The shady courtyard is fabulous for eating in...

Two Tall Chefs

129m - Two Tall Chefs is a café and providore specialising in hand made cheeses.

Bars & pubs near The Empress Hotel

Bar Nothing

95m - Five cocktails for $20? It sounds like a trick. It also sounds like it will...

Bar Fred

247m - Take advantage of Bar Fred's signature special by ordering a $5 thin-crust...

Neighbourhood Wine

261m - If Neighbourhood Wine’s walls could talk, you’d want to listen. In the...

Other venues near The Empress Hotel

Third Eye Tattoo

28m - Specialising in Japanese, traditional, portrait, geometry and sacred...

75 on Reid

416m - The Fitzroy North Community Church is now an arts hub that has been...

Red Gallery

504m - A contemporary art space that exhibits a broad range of artists and works....

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