How’s the irony? Back in 2017 Moreland City Council received plans for an eight-storey development in Brunswick that would have shared a wall with Howler’s bandroom. The live music venue was never consulted about the ill-conceived project, which council later rejected.

Now Howler has acquired that same site at 8 Michael Street, Brunswick, to open Howlerwood, a sunny Palm Springs-inspired beer garden, where dogs are welcome. The 150-seat venue is only temporary, but feels like a good parry nonetheless. At this stage the team is hoping to stay open until mid-2021, weather depending.

The menu is geared for summertime thirst-crushing with kitschy boozy slushies, including watermelon Margarita, peach-bourbon iced tea, banana daiquiri and a Blue Hawaii featuring fresh-pressed pineapple juice and Australian-made blue curacao. Then there are jugs of Paloma and rosé sangria, plus single serves of Aperol Spritz and kahlua-spiked iced lattes. Sessionable tinnies and interesting natural wines round out the drinks list.

Vegan pizzeria Red Sparrow’s food truck is parked on site. It’s open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, slinging eight different wood-fired pizzas, including its signature mock meat pepperoni, barbeque “chicken”, and mushroom. Spicy mock-meat buffalo wings are also on the menu.

Updated: December 16th, 2020

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