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VISIT over a dozen past and present drinking holes in seaside St Esplanade-72-81Kilda dating from the Gold Rush. Travel from the Elephant and Wheelbarrow in Fitzroy Street to the Village Belle Hotel in Acland Street.
EXPLORE the secret sly grog and two-up lanes of the Prohibition gangsters.
HEAR the fascinating storIes of pub connections to
 ghosts, wowsers, sport, bushrangers, drag queens, Yanks, cops and crims, Squizzy, musicians, films, gamblers and more.
THIS TOUR  also provides an overview of  170 years  of iconic St Kilda places – mansions, railways, baths, architecture and more.

Tours are usually  2.5 hours by arrangement on your date and time of choosing. They commence from Elephant and Wheelbarrow  Hotel 169 Fitzroy St cnr Princes St. They finish Village Belle Hotel, cnr Acland and Barkly Streets.


Past and present hotels near Fitzroy and Acland Streets:

Elephant & Wheelbarrow, corner Princes and Fitzroy Streets, formerly European Hotel, British Family Hotel, British Hotel, Victoria Hotel, Cricket Club Hotel and The Ritz 1854.


Junction Hotel (former), later Grand Junction Hotel 1853 – 1973.

Corner Hotel (former), formerly Sparrow’s Hotel, and Rolland’s Hotel 1864 – 1967.

George Hotel, once the The Terminus and Seaview 1857.

Prince of Wales Hotel 1862 –29 Fitzroy Street,

Club Hotel (former), (1 Fitzroy St, corner The Esplanade, St Kilda, adjacent south of Summerlands.

Beaconsfield Hotel (former),  1881 – 2004, 341 Beaconsfield Parade, corner Cowderoy Street, St Kilda .

Esplanade Hotel, once New Bath, Carlyons and Criterion 1856.

Royal Hotel (former), once the  Family Hotel 1847 – 1930s,
22 The Esplanade, corner Robe Street, St Kilda (former). Now belvedere flats.

 Pembroke 1857, now the Dog’s Bar,  Acland Street.

Star and Garter Hotel, Robe Street,  (now residences), once Pitt’s Hotel, Oakley’s Family Hotel, International, Mager’s Family Hotel, and Morgan’s Family Hotel 1854 – 1920s,

Carlton Family Hotel / Carlton House and Hotel 1858 – 1862 (now residences).

St Kilda Hotel , once St Kilda Family Hotel and Tradesmen’s Hotel 1851 – 1919

The Jacka Bar, The Memorial, 1926 –

Village Belle Hotel 1855 –     ,

St Kilda Inn, once the Hare and Hounds, The Court House,and Prince Charles Hotel 1853 (now residences). 

Images of St Kilda below from Cooper’s History of St Kilda, Vols 1 and 2




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