Go Back

EUREKA WE’VE FOUND GOLD!Apr 11, 2013


 

THE EUREKA HOTEL 
AN OLDIE, BUT A GOODIE

The Eureka in Richmond is a bar that has plenty of history behind it. It has "changed owners and purposes dozens of times", from bars to theatre restaurants this has been a venue looking for direction.

Now, with the Reardon family taking over, re-instating the original name as crowned by the famous Peter Lalor himself and a raft of intended changes already underway, The Eureka look's like it's developing into something quite unique. The Reardon name is a familiar one to locals, having restored and run a number of successful pubs in the area, so why The Eureka and why now?

"The family's seen an opportunity here that is long-term. They're very proud of and know the area they're in. The potential for this space is unlimited," explains the excitingly named Sparx Wilson, operations and functions manager.

It's in this potential that the Eureka hopes to become a place that offers, "Modern Aussie pub cuisine, that also gives people a great experience as far as free entertainment is concerned. It's a destination. You can come for an after work drink, stay to have your meal then follow through with a night of entertainment."

Some of the biggest potential that Sparx talks about is the dining area, sitting in behind the main bar, which can also double as a function/band room. With a capacity of 200 for dining or 500 standing and a raised stage it's no wonder that there are plans to increase the diversity of the space to reach from live music to stand-up comedy.

album3045_1363075669_Eureka_Richmond_Venues_melbourne_Function_Room_Hire_026.jpg

Taryn Walton, the event manager, describes how important live music is to The Eureka, "To support local, live music is huge, especially with venues in Melbourne closing down or in trouble." But it's not just local acts they're after, "Having the facilities to provide for bigger bands with this space, it'd be silly to waste it. If people can't go and see a band at Rod Laver and we can get them as a sideshow, they can come here."

It's a similar approach with the comedy nights, the overall aim to support a local industry that runs one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world, yet for the rest of the year goes relatively unnoticed. Sparx himself, with over 15 years experience in the world of comedy is confident that The Eureka can become the place to offer experienced and budding comedians alike a chance to air their new material in front of a willing and eager crowd.

Whilst taking the tour it's certainly apparent that this is a venue capable of acting as an interactive, exciting place where people from all walks can come and enjoy the shared company. However, at the same time the function room retains an impressive ability to become the private destination for any occasion.

Live performance may be one of the aims but it's by no means the full story, the future is full of planned changes, "Beer garden on Church st…an extension in the front bar…a laneway pocket out the back…long term, a rooftop beer garden." When asked, Sparx explains he's not worried that they're overdoing it, "I think it's something that will naturally happen and we'll keep it flowing and growing."

It seems like The Eureka as we know it has taken it's first breath of fresh air, and plans to keep doing so for as long as they can.

"We're growing. The doors are open. It's exciting."

By Charlie Ranger 

For photos, extra content & contact details check out the venue profile on [HPSS] HERE

Latest News


Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food
Expect French Indochina Cuisin...
13 Dec. 2018

Red Piggy is Melbourne’s newest and most exciting rooftop restaurant and bar located on the corner of Swanston Street and Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s CBD. It’s delicious, it’s affordable and most importantly, it’s instaworthy (maybe not most importantly, but you get w...[more info]

Read More
Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food
Get Ready for a Boozy Brunchin...
10 Dec. 2018

Just when you thought brunch couldn’t get any better, The Emerson goes and one ups every other brunch offer in the game with their Bottomless Cocktail Brunch. Yes that’s right you heard us, ‘cocktail brunch’! This time the classic mimosas won’t be the only thing on the me...[more info]

Read More
Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food
Make your NYE a Starry one on ...
5 Dec. 2018

For the very first time ever, The Albion and Grey Goose are inviting you to ring in the new year with them at their Starry Night New Year’s Eve bash!   This party is expected to be absolutely huge, and with the packages they’ve got on offer, you’ll soon see why everyone will be ...[more info]

Read More
Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food
Mark This 1-Day Gin Festival O...
3 Dec. 2018

There’s an old saying. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Well we beleive in the updated version of this adage; when life gives you lemons (or limes in this case), you make a gin and tonic. And apparently we’re not the only ones who feel this way, cause the good people of The [...[more info]

Read More

76 queries, 0.435 seconds.

Close