Fifty beer taps, 32 craft brews, free music two-to-four nights a week, and as much pizza as you can eat. Sound familiar? Replacing Smith Street’s A Bar Called Barry, Forester’s Beer Hall is being brought to us by the team behind Clifton Hill's Terminus (not to be confused with the just-revamped Abbotsford Terminus), and the Royston – that back-street beauty in Richmond. The group (Russell, Stephen and Paul Griggs, plus their sister, Alison Clarke) also owned A Bar Called Barry for 14 years. “It was a great business for a long time, but it had sort of run its race,” Russell says.
The live music element will be a big component of the new venue. The bands will play on a raised platform in front of a giant, gold shell, an original piece from the 1920s.
“The idea is that it’s a 1920s speakeasy on a grand scale. We’ll have bands play every Friday and Saturday, and the music is American, rockabilly, blues and funk,” Russell says.
Forester's Hall will open its doors on August 29 from 6pm, with manager Edward Harley as part of the new ownership team.
64 Smith Street, Collingwood
(03) 8415 1104