Empress Hotel

  • Phone: (03) 9482 4604
  • Address:
    Empress Hotel
    714 Nicholson St
    Fitzroy North, Melbourne, VIC 3068
  • Rating:
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  • Entrees Price: $9-$13
  • Mains Price: $17-$25
  • Dessert: from $8
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Opening hours:
Mon- Sat 6pm - 11pm
Sun 3pm - 9pm
   

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The Empress is an institution known for being there when underground original music was cutting edge. Sharing this scene with The Espy, The Punters, The Tote and very few others. The Stage was and still is a nursery for up and coming artists. A bohemian pub with a rustic garden and an ever changing range of music from rock to electronica. Its food is as renowned as its music. A great place to just hang out or to eat and listen to music all night

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Past events

The Ears @ The Empress

20th December

The Ears celebrate Christmas with a belting of maddening noise. Don't be sane, come ruin your brain!Also Playing 'The In The Out' and 'Fraudband'The Ears...

$8

Rosie Catalano 'Dreams Are Just Movies' Australian Tour 2013

18th October

Rosie Catalano’s sophomore EP, ‘Dreams Are Just Movies’, is a testament to the Sydney-based chanteuse and her beautiful brand of storytelling. Her...

TBA

Bill Parton Trio Australian Tour 2013

23rd August

South Australian piano pop-rock band ‘Bill Parton Trio’ will release their self titled debut EP on Friday 2nd August 2013. The EP follows the successful...

TBA

Marlow 'Seven' Australian Tour 2013

17th August

Marlow is thrilled to launch their new EP ‘Seven’ through MGM from 2 August, just in time to kick off the Seven Tour! ‘Seven’ has already spawned two...

TBA

Leaps & Bounds Music Festival 2013

19th July

Melbourne band Perico will headline a special performance to honour their friend Sally Isaac, who passed away four years ago and to whom this year’s Leaps...

$10

Emma Heeney / Tali White / Emily Ulman

7th July

Join us at The Empress Hotel on a wintery Sunday afternoon in July, where Emma Heeney The Bespectacles (featuring Sam Hemphill on drums, Pete Cohen on...

$10

Gogarty at The Empress Hotel

28th June

TBA

Baberaham Lincoln LIVE @The Empress Hotel

3rd May

BABERAHAM LINCOLN play original melodic, crude yet highly arousing, acoustic rock. As you are drawn into their dreamy eyes and smitten by their angelic...

TBA

April at The Empress

27th April

The plight of live music in Melbourne has been well documented. Despite studies revealing the massive benefits it gives to the city’s economy, the...

$12.00

Wakefield Acoustic Festival

27th April

Grand Cru are an experimental four piece band from Melbourne, who combine acoustic guitars, violins, beguiling vocals and surreal melodies into one...

$15.00

Marie Wilson at The Empress Hotel

13th April

The plight of live music in Melbourne has been well documented. Despite studies revealing the massive benefits it gives to the city’s economy, the...

$15.00

His Merry Men 'Pillow' Australian Tour 2013

23rd March

His Merry Men are pleased to announce their first tour of 2013, the PILLOW Tour! Join them as they embark on a four date tour of Oz to launch their new...

$12

Emma Heeney // Georgia Fields // Ben Mason

19th January

It's been a while between shows for Emma Heeney, and this will be the first of many with a brand new band, showcasing new songs of her forthcoming album...

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Emma Heeney // Georgia Fields // Ben Mason

19th January

It's been a while between shows for Emma Heeney, and this will be the first of many with a brand new band, showcasing new songs of her forthcoming album...

N/A

Waterford 2012

1st December

Dan and Hannah Acfield Melbourne Launch

17th November

Dan and Hannah Acfield are turning a page. After years of working hard to establish themselves as reputable solo artists in their own right, the sibling...

$12

Crooked Saint 'Hot & Heavy' Australian Tour 2012

15th November

It has been a massive eighteen months for Melbourne’s Crooked Saint, the musical alter ego of Tim Wheatley. He has independently released two EP’s and a...

TBA

Butterfly Boucher Australian Tour 2012

4th November

On the heals of recent sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, and in the middle of a North American tour with Missy Higgins and Katie Herzig, Butterfly...

$15

Butterfly Boucher Australian Tour 2012

3rd November

On the heals of recent sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, and in the middle of a North American tour with Missy Higgins and Katie Herzig, Butterfly...

$15.00

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens 'Little Surprises'

12th October

Indie folk darlings, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have resurfaced and are set to release the enchanting new single, Little Surprises, lifted from their...

TBA

Elliot The Bull Australian Tour 2012

29th September

For a band that has only recently formed, their on stage presence and sound seemed effortless as they dominated the stage… [they] will surely go on to...

TBA

Second Hand Heart 'Trouble'

8th September

Tthe film clip we have just released for our single 'Trouble', Caroline Tran premiered the French version of the single on Triple J’s New Music show 2012...

TBA

James Thomson @ The Empress Hotel

5th September

"I really dig this guy!" Peter Jesperson - New West Records "..a debut album of compellingly genuine country blues" Martin Jones - Rhythms "James Thomson...

TBA

Sarah McLeod Australian Tour 2012

16th August

Last year McLeod’s loud rock voice woke Heff from a brief snooze in his private cabana which had many of the staff talking later. It was an eventful...

$15.00

Red Moon Juke @ The Empress Hotel

5th August

Red Moon Juke return to the Empress Hotel on Sunday August 5 with support from Bill & The Jerks. It’s going to be a great afternoon of...

TBA

Dan and Hannah Acfield single launch

4th August

Sibling songwriters Dan Acfield and Hannah Acfield have finally decided to team up as a duo. Having focused on their separate music careers for many...

$12

The Falls Australian Tour 2012

4th August

The first taste from The Falls’ debut EP Hollywood is Home - a bittersweet tale of escapism and the search for clarity. The single is a stunning example...

$10

Dan Trolley @ The Empress Hotel

4th August

Dan Trolley from the garage punk band Mass Cult will be bringing his new solo psych/punk/electro show to The Empress Hotel. Armed only with a guitar, drum...

$5

The UV Race @ The Empress Hotel

3rd August

UV Race are set to headline the 2nd instalment of No Birth, on Friday August 3rd at The Empress. No Birth, held monthly, offers a community of local, and...

$10

Children of the Wave @ The Empress Hotel

2nd August

Children of the Wave are part folk, part electronic, part experimental pop, part cinemascope. Following the release of their debut album Children of the...

$8

Elephant @ The Empress Hotel

1st August

Elephant is the music of James Locke, a film school graduate with an interest in collecting records & making lofi pop music. He creates delicate...

$7

Fabulous Diamonds @ The Empress Hotel

28th July

TBA

Canary @ The Empress Hotel

27th July

$8

The Bedroom Philosopher @ The Empress Hotel

22nd July

$15

Aleks & The Ramps @ The Empress Hotel

21st July

$15

Cash Savage & The Last Drinks @ The Empress Hotel

20th July

$15

Jen Cloher & The Merri Creek Pickers @ The Empress Hotel

19th July

Free

Whitaker @ The Empress Hotel

18th July

$15

Brooke Russell @ Empress Hotel

24th June

Introducing CHAISE LOUNGE, a monthly event held in the folds of a Sunday afternoon to showcase four wonderful singer-songwriter types. First four cabs off...

Free

Tomas Ford @ Empress Hotel

23rd June

If one were to take six years between albums, one had better make sure that the album one is putting out is fucking awesome. One would probably also want...

TBA

Sacred Flower Union @ Empress Hotel

23rd June

Perth's Sacred Flower Union brings his beat-driven ambient collage to Melbourne with Sydney's Brain Drain in tow, launching a split CD through Future Past...

TBA

Jamie Hutchings Australian Tour 2012

22nd June

Ahead of a return tour to France where they will share the stage with the likes of Ty Seagull , Kid Congo Powers and more plus a maiden voyage to China...

Louie & The Pride @ Empress Hotel

21st June

Louise MacGregor (folky singer/songwriter) had enjoyed success in her solo career over the last ten years, performing in many local festivals (Rock and...

$5

Matt Collyer

10th June

Matt Collyer and his band The Company combine a wide range of styles and influences to create a unique blend of folk/rock that is sure to delight. In...

We Would Sleep

9th June

PROJECT321EXPLOSION are an eclectic bunch of fellows more likely to be found working 9-5 jobs and reading reddit sub- scripts than passed out under your...

$5

Little Wolf

9th June

Hailing from Texas USA, The Empress is very proud to present explosive blues outfit Littlewolf. Combining the vocals and slide guitar of Kristi Bless...

$15

Tully On Tully

8th June

It’s hard to know what exactly what makes a pop song moving, but Tully On Tully get you a little bit closer to finding out between the curve of a melody,...

$10

Cavanagh & Argus

7th June

Yes ladies and gentleman! live from arnolds drive-in (The Empress Hotel) and the Milwaukee fried mock-chicken stand, "YOU WANTED TO SEE IT" brings you one...

$5

Laura Imbruglia @ The Empress Hotel

1st June

Melbourne convert Laura Imbruglia has been invited by The Empress to drop in for a little sing-song. Fresh from support slots for The Clouds and An Horse,...

Edward Guglielmind & The Show Australian Tour 2012

27th May

It’s been sometime between metaphorical drinks for Brisbane’s avant-garde musician Edward Guglielmino, but he’s back and with a brand new album under his...

Tim Chaisson ‘Broken Hearted Beat’ Australian Tour 2012

16th May

Canada’s Tim Chaisson will return to our shores in May for an extensive run of live shows, playing with the likes of Tim Freedman, Diesel, Matt Andersen...

We All Want To Australian Tour 2012

5th May

WE spent 3 weeks in August 2011 hunkered down over the recording console armed with bouzoukis, tambourines, xylophones and an omnichord, but more...

Red Moon Juke @ The Empress Hotel

29th April

Jumping swamp dripping blues grooves is the unforgettable experience of RED MOON JUKE. See, hear and taste an old-school rhythm and blues juke band. Their...

$10

Lawrence Greenwood @ The Empress Hotel

28th April

After the critically acclaimed debut record 'The Submarine' was released late in 2007, Lawrence Greenwood's songs began to work their way into the world...

Mon Kerr @ The Empress Hotel

28th April

Melbourne songstress and general hilarious ratbag Mon Kerr is hitting The Empress for an afternoon of quality music before she sets sail for faraway...

$7

Laura K Clarke EP Launch

27th April

Laura K Clarke is a Melbourne based singer-songwriter who's passion for music reflects in every aspect of her life. Often likened to a range of musicians...

$12

Zetes @ The Empress Hotel

26th April

A night not to be missed for Hip Hop heads and music lovers in Melbourne. The Melbourne Autumn Hip Hop Showcase will be showcasing some of the best local...

Ivy St. @ The Empress Hotel

25th April

Formed in Hobart, IVY ST released their debut album, 'Picture Machine' to in 2009. What followed was shows with the Buzzcocks, My Disco, Children Collide,...

$8

The Monday Drift

23rd April

The Monday Drift is where some local songwriters wander in, gather their scattered weekend thoughts and play songs in the front bar of The Empress. It’s...

Free

Sunday Music Trivia

22nd April

Think you know a thing or two about music? Wanna use said knowledge to be more attractive to the opposite sex and gain general social superiority in all...

Dan Rolls

22nd April

Ballarat based musician Dan Rolls is a must see unique Australian artist. Each song he creates is complete with impressive re-inventive guitar-work,...

$5

Brazillionairs

21st April

Local ladies Leah Loms and Helen Cattanach aka Brazillionaires finally launch their new album. The launch happens this Saturday afternoon at The Empress...

Grand Prismatic

20th April

Look alive people, three amazing bands are teaming up for a show that may just break your mind. Opening the night will be Lunars, twisted pop jams, catchy...

$8.00

Anna Paddick & The Spekulators

19th April

Anna Paddick & The Spekulators are launching a new single at The Empress on Thursday 19th April. This will be a special celebration of wonderful folky...

$10

Charles Jenkins - New & Old II

18th April

The Empress is proud to welcome back a favourite to the stage. Charles Jenkins has enough gold in the repertoir to fill four sets but he's going to play...

$5

Clinkerfield @ The Empress Hotel 2012

14th April

Clinkerfield return for our first show since our annual January residency at the Old Bar! I've been away in Adelaide workin on the Fringe Festival in the...

$8

Jimmy's Treehouse Tour

31st March

Fresh from completing a WA tour, Melbourne alt country group, The Stillsons have announced their ‘Jimmy’s Treehouse’ East Coast Tour of 2012.Described by...

$15

Waverley Album Launch @ The Empress Hotel 2012

30th March

Melbourne four-piece band Waverley are getting ready to strap in for a night of explosive rock at the launch for their debut album Challenger at The...

Last Leaves Australian Tour 2012

24th March

Say hello to Last Leaves, a new band consisting of three Lucksmiths members — Marty Donald, Mark Monnone and Louis Richter — and Noah Symons of Great...

Rosaline Yuen

15th March

Catch Rosaline Yuen & her band at the Empress on 15 March 2012 with special guests, Emmy Bryce and Michael Meeking.Rosaline, fresh from shooting her film...

$8

The Firetree @ Empress Hotel 2012

23rd February

Push Songs Showcase 2011

8th December

$8

Elephant Eyes Single Launch

2nd December

It's been a long time coming, but finally it's here! Elephant Eyes will be launching it's first official release - a Double A-side Single - on Friday 2nd...

$8

'A Death in the Family' single launch

11th November

The Sunday Reeds

5th November

THE SUNDAY REEDS are a noise-pop post-punk band formed by Romana Ashton and Drew Jones in Melbourne. With a common love of alternate 1980s and 90s...

$5.00

Wild Dog Creek Album Launch

6th October

Wild Dog Creek Album LaunchWild Dog Creek launch their cassette, One Thousand Birth Felt, at The Empress on Thursday 6 October, in what will be an evening...

$5

Mark Wilkinson

30th September

$12.00

Charlie Mayfair New Single 'Tell Her' Tour

2nd September

The vibrant folk-fired five-piece, Charlie Mayfair, have recently let loose their brand new single ‘Tell Her’. After a few national nods from radio, the...

$8

Limelit

16th July

The Empress of India glowingly presents an evening of light and sound like no other. Spread over the entire venue, Limelit is a haven for the senses,...

$15

Zeks EP Launch

9th July

This July Zeks will be bringing their lush soundscapes and hypnotic rhythms to Melbourne. Zeks began jamming in mid 2010 at the Kurb art space in Perth....

$5

The Bombay Royale

9th July

Roll up like a lunchtime snack, it's THE BOMBAY ROYALE! Correct you are, folks, Melbourne's only 12-piece surf disco Bollywood funk orchestra is wheeling...

$15

Juan Alban

18th June

'Too Long In Flight' is the debut solo EP from former Epicure singer/songwriter Juan Alban. Juan heads out on the road to promote the EP with a run of...

TBA

Alysia Manceau album launch

4th June

The Empress Hotel presents a beautiful evening of folk rock and psychedelia as Alysia Manceau launches her anticipated debut album 'The Longest Winter',...

$12

Benjalu ‘Shadows in the Sun’ EP Launch Tour

7th May

Four musician mates from Newcastle, collectively known as BENJALU, will release their third EP ‘Shadows In The Sun’ on April 15 via MGM’s Green label, and...

Dancing like Witches do

30th April

The music will make you wiggle and sway with bands such as Huckleberry & Me, Ponyboy and Jantina Gardner casting their musical spells over you. So come...

$7.00

Angela's Dish

23rd April

Reigning, hailing and shining from NSW's Central Coast, Angela's Dish are no strangers to road and stage. They play The Empress on Saturday 23rd April....

$10

Lanie Lane

20th April

$7.00

Holland

16th April

$10.00

Ollie MC and Lesson

15th April

Friday 15th of April sees the return of Ollie MC to the Empress Hotel. Support on the night will be Lesson fresh from the World SLAM poetry finals in the...

$5

Sunday Sippers

27th March

Sunday Sippers! Come recover from your hangover this sunday at the empress with The General, 4tress and Dixon Cider $5 chilled out tell ya friends. 18+...

$5

Georgia Fair & Daniel Lee Kendall Co-Headline Tour

24th March

As summer winds itself to an unwilling end and trees avail themselves of their leaves, good friends Georgia Fair and Daniel Lee Kendall will combine...

Catherine Traicos ‘Beg For Love’ Tour

5th March

‘Beg For Love’, the new single from Catherine Traicos, is a perfect piece of classic pop tinged with melancholy. Following the critical success of...

$10

Scarf Fundraiser featuring The Verses

23rd February

Scarf is holding a fundraiser at The Empress Hotel on Wednesday 23rd of February so that it can run four hospitality training programs in 2011. The...

20.00

Rose Wintergreen and Hannah Acfield 'The Road Leads Home' Joint CD Launch

5th November

Hannah Acfield (Melbourne) and Rose Wintergreen (Sydney) are both ex Brisbane singer/songwriters who have joined forces for a series of shows to...

$10

In Memory of The Smiths - Celebrating 25 years of Meat is Murder

21st October

In memory of The Smiths Plagiarism Begins At Home will be reviving one of the most influential bands of the last 30 years. Performing the classic album...

$10

Sun Araw (USA) Australian Tour

10th October

Obedient Atom is proud to present the mind melting musical visionary, Los Angeles’ SUN ARAW. SUN ARAW takes psychedelic music to a new plane,...