On returning to Acland Street

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By: Joe Healy

This is a story about my return to Acland Street and, specifically, the Dog’s Bar and Restaurant.

Having been out of the area for some time, I had forgotten how easy it is to get to St Kilda by public transport. You can catch the number 16 tram from the city or the number 96 tram from Balaclava Railway Station, which stops at Acland Street.

Acland Street has a range of shops to browse in, along with entertainment (like Luna Park) for the kids, and many places to enjoy a meal. My favourite, however, would have to be the Dog’s Bar and Restaurant near the RSL.

Dog’s Bar was established in 1989 and was the first ‘bar’ in Australia (at the time there were only 2,800 liquor licenses in Victoria). The Victorian Government has since de-regulated liquor licensing and Victoria now has 25,000 bars.

Donleavy Fitzpatrick opened the Dog’s Bar. He developed the George Hotel, on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Grey Street, a few years later.

Dog’s Bar currently has 200 arts events, including live music, cabaret, storytelling, burlesque, poetry and visual art shows.

It is a fun place to enjoy yourself!

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