Planning a Function in the suburb of Abbotsford and looking for venues, halls or rooms to hire? [FM’S] Editors have been busy compiling a list of great places & secret spaces. Many you will never have thought of!
Under the Victoria Park train bridge in Abbotsford, a little corner presides over the ever-long commuters, dog piss and those traipsing down that end of Johnston Street.Perhaps, you have loitered there after dark or bought a hot pie from the servo near Lulie Street when you have been stranded drunk. The pedestrian crossing is wide and sure of itself, the brickwork of the station and surrounds are red and old as Collingwood. Humble shop facades lean low over the street as they double file into Fitzroy.A decision to better this alcove brought three folks together: a builder, a thinker and a doer. What could a corner give and what could they give a corner that didn’t involve heroin? Indian Root Pills, of course.The answer was written — quite literally — on the wall under years of black paint. A cure for indigestion-the simple remedy-best blood purifier- all to-have-you-in-good-order was in the form of a little pill.The supposed creator was a Dr. Morse, circa 19th century USA and the brainchild of the Comstock family (of the unfortunate last name). The Doctor was a character, the spruiker and pusher-man — he could clean you right up with a wink.He sold his story for decades: an American Indian saved Dr. Morse’s life with a remedy. The recipe was the secret to the Indian Root Pills. The EndExcited by the images of an American Indian fighting a bear, Jon Costello, Anthony Daniels and Peter Walsh decided to take on the wild promises of Dr. Morse but without the gypsy spruiking. The little corner on Johnston Street would cure all hunger and thirst ailments with the help of coffee, alcohol and good food.
Welcome to The Yarra Hotel Abbotsford. Depending how you look at it, we are either one year or 160 years old. We took over the joint in September 2012 and spent six months trying to find the old pub that was underneath there somewhere… and when we finally did, weren’t we ecstatic! It’s a ripper! The beer garden can be seen from the moon and the side bar/dining area (The J.P. Saunders Room) is an absolute haven when intimacy is what you require.Food wise; we’ve got the pub classics covered. The kitchen is open until 9.30pm most nights and open for lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday.The Yarra is perfect for parties and we’re here to help you with your special event. The function menu is a fine thing indeed and can be tailored to suit your budget and party size. Just ask our friendly staff at the bar or shoot us an email.There’s always bound to be some fine live original music coming up. We tend to have something playing at least four – if not five or six – nights a week from 8.30pm Monday – Saturday and 4pm on Sundays.We’ve had some cracking shows in our first 2 years of operation and there’s some pearlers coming up.
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