The Bendigo Hotel | Credit: Official Facebook

Melbourne’s Bendigo Hotel Calls Last Drinks After 14 Years

In devastating news for the Melbourne live music community, beloved local venue The Bendigo Hotel, located on Johnston Street in Collingwood, has announced plans to unplug the amps for good.

Affectionately known as ‘The Bendi’, the twin-bandroom venue has been struggling since the pandemic, with owner Guy Palermo launching a petition in 2020 calling on the Victorian government to help save Melbourne’s live music venues. 

“Sadly, we are forced to sell the business and settle our debts”

Sadly though, the 350-cap venue, which has formed the beating heart of live music in Collingwood for some 14 years, has not recovered.

“Dear valued Bendi patrons, bands, performers, punters and live music lovers,” the venue’s owners shared in a statement on social media. “We are grateful for your unwavering love and support of The Bendi over the past 14 incredible years.”

“Today, we have some tough news to share with heavy hearts,” they continued. “Despite our team’s tireless dedication and unwavering perseverance, we’ve come to a point where we’ve explored every avenue to keep The Bendi going. The financial burden on our business and personal fronts has been immense, leaving us no choice but to stop trading. Sadly, we are forced to sell the business to settle our debts.

“We understand this news may come as a shock and sincerely apologise for any disruption it may bring. Making this decision was incredibly hard, but after exhausting all options, we’ve found ourselves at the end of the road.”

They confirmed that the venue would be calling last drinks at the end of the month, following two final “memorable” weeks of live music, and went on to invite any bands who’d like to perform one last time to get in touch via

“We know The Bendigo Hotel holds a special place in your hearts; it embodies a vibrant community spirit,” they added.

“We offer our deepest gratitude to all the musicians who graced our stage and our loyal patrons for sharing this incredible journey with us. Feel free to reach out if anyone is interested in owning a metal/live music venue.”

RIP The Bendi.

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