The coming of Saint Martins Place

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St Kilda is known for her interesting layers, infamous characters and colourful establishments that usually find their way into our history books through their notoriety.


One of those establishments with more than an assorted history is The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel on St Kilda Road. First established in 1867, she has been home to many infamous events and known by many names including: The Precinct, Aladdin’s, Club SKD and most recently, ABODE.


Well-known local character, long term St Kilda resident and business owner, The Colonel and his partner Tracy G both founded ABODE back in March 2004 and after 12 years of what may be considered another titillating addition to local history, in June this year decided to close the book on the ABODE chapter, leaving behind another long cast of intriguingly eccentric characters and outrageous stories housed within the walls that we wish could only talk.


The old girl is once again being re-modelled and re-structured by the same team who achieved a 5-star licensing accreditation whilst custodians of the venue for over a decade, this time creating two separate venues within the building, each with its own unique identity.

On level one, The Parlour Lounge (opened in October) operates more as an opulent underground members club, providing a safe and sophisticated space for Melbourne’s alternative lifestyles scene.  As always, the doors are also open and welcoming to the curious-minded and genuine new-comers who may be ready to take another step in life.


The Parlour Lounge will also serve as the primary film-shoot location and backdrop for the TV series, ‘Scene Through My Eyes’, a dramatisation of characters and events drawn from within the walls of a real-life fetish club over the past decade. Filming of this quality screen project featuring St Kilda and many of her colourful characters is set to begin shooting from mid 2016.


Located on ground floor, ‘Saint Martins Place’ is the latest functions and show-room on the south sidefeaturing a diverse selection of entertainment from live music to stage performances, cabaret to burlesque, screen to art installations with Saint Martins ‘small food’ menu available to complete your night.

Saint Martins Place will reveal herself at 8pm on Friday 20th November 2015 with an opening party featuring the Divine Duo of Jazz – Ms Katie Underwood & Mr Matt Dwyer, followed by DJ’s JonE Montes, Kasey Taylor & Syme Tollens playing some Funky Lounge House to Deep Groove to Deep House tunes for your continuing pleasure… you will also be adorned with a glass of bubbly on arrival and a selection of teasers from the Saint Martins new “Food for the Soul” menu for your tastings.


Saint Martins Place draws its name in part from its location on the corner of St Kilda Rd and Martin St. More importantly, the venue is named for Saint Martin himself (316 – 397AD), the patron Saint of Vintners (wine makers) and defender of beggars and drunkards who famously cut off his robe to clothe a blind beggar.  So iconic was he within decadent Roman society that when transitioning from Paganism to Christianity, the church used Martin’s image to replace that of the God Bacchus. What better Place for Saint Martin than our own eclectic St Kilda scene.


The mission is to provide a unique, well-managed social space were locals and visitors alike can enjoy and explore this iconic venue and all it has to offer.

Check and book your early-bird tickets from $25 to the opening party. All pre-booked tickets include bubbly on arrival and a sample of Saint Martins new ‘Food for the Soul’ tasters.

……Saint Martins Place……
the other holy experience
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