The Esplanade Hotel, or ‘Espy’ as it known by the locals, is a long-standing Melbourne institution and a much-loved live music venue in the seaside suburb of St Kilda.
A cultural icon, the Espy has been serving drinks and promoting live music since the late 1800s.
Almost all of Australia’s music legends have graced the stage at the Espy at some point in their career and in an average week the pub hosts over 50 bands and DJs.
Depending on the gig, there is sometimes a cover charge to visit the Espy but most of the time it’s free to walk in and enjoy the views of the esplanade and St Kilda Beach over a beer.
The popular and great value Espy Kitchen at the back of the venue has weekday specials and serves an all day breakfast on weekends.