In more sad news for Melbourne’s live music scene, Sydney Road stalwart the Brunswick Hotel’s doors will remain closed as a result of a stalled reconstruction following a traffic accident in March 2018.

The pub, a long-time supporter of emerging Melbourne bands, was forced to close after a car collided with a fire hydrant outside it, sending a stream of water onto the pub’s roof, which resulted in extensive flooding.

News the pub won’t re-open was released – on what would have been its 10th anniversary – via a Facebook post by its owners.

“Due to the ongoing issues with the landlord and the mental and physical toll it has taken, it truly breaks our heart to say goodbye,” says the post. “We’ve been beyond proud and privileged to support Melbourne’s up and coming live music scene for as long and strong as we have.

“To every band, artist, comedian, patron and staff member who has played a small or large role in our history, we THANK YOU. The Brunny would never have been what it was without the community that supports it.”

Beloved nightclub the Lounge closed in April (it will re-open this weekend under new ownership as Radar), and in January iconic rock’n’roll venue Cherry Bar announced its closure, although it has since had a temporary reprieve. Also in January underground nightclub Hugs & Kisses closed for good.

In the wake of the flooding the Brunswick Hotel team has opened the Bergy Seltzer bar a few blocks south. In true form the new venue features live music, comedy shows, live sport and drink specials.

The Bergy Seltzer is open now at 68 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

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