About Queensberry Hotel

The Queensberry Hotel is an iconic inner-city venue located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Nestled amongst the city's corporate headquarters and its most prestigious Universities, this vibrant meeting place blends the best in Aussie pub traditions with the most modern hospitality trends.

An extensive beer, wine and cocktail selection is complemented by hearty pub meals that are easy on the hip pocket.
T-Bone's Monday Trivia Night is known to attract the sharpest minds and the most ferocious competitors, while an abundance of function areas can cater for any occasion.

Drop in to the Queensberry Hotel for a cold drink and good conversation, enriching lives since 1854.

 

HISTORY OF THE QUEENSBERRY

A quarter acre allotment on the corner of Swanston Street [then known as Madeline Street] and Queensberry Street was purchased by Mr. J. Sim in 1852 with tenders sought for construction of a hotel on the allotment by James Blackburn Jnr in 1854.

The original Queensberry Hotel - was made of iron and comprised of 14 rooms, public bar, cellar and horse stabling. It was one of the very first buildings in the area and is believed to be the third oldest hotel in Melbourne.

The current ‘Swanston Bar’ on Swanston Street was originally a separate wood and metal store operated by the landlord, Mr Sims.

In February 1890 under new owner Mr P Fagan, permits were granted for the iron building to be demolished and for the current hotel building to commence construction. The builder was Mr Haorey of Faraday Street, Carlton. The new hotel building comprised 2 separate sections. A shop front at 77 Madeline Street (now the ‘Swanston Bar’) and the Hotel at 79 Madeline Street. The shop survived until the mid 1920’s when the wall was removed & additional single story sections were added to the rear of the hotel.

The hotel remained in the Fagan family’s control for 100 years with it being sold in the 1960’s.

The hotel has stayed largely true to its roots with the exterior still very much intact and many original features still in use today.

The hotel is family owned and protected by heritage controls, ensuring it is here for many years to come!