A Melbourne pub with a rich history

The Imperial Hotel boasts an unconventional and colourful history as one of Melbourne’s landmark pub venues.

Originally known as Nobel’s Circus in 1852, the building housed equestrian shows, promenade concerts and lively dances until it became a permanent theatre site in 1856 and re-named ‘Salle de Valentino’.

It wasn’t until 1863 that the building became known as ‘Richardson’s Imperial Hotel’ and received only the third liquor license ever granted in Melbourne.

To this day, the Imperial remains a classic Melbourne pub where you can still walk through the original Australian red cedar doors that date back to 1858.

The Imperial Hotel is a Melbourne sporting institution, screening the biggest sports events live from around the globe. With two giant screens and numerous plasma TVs streaming Foxtel, Imparja and Setanta, the Imperial is the ideal place to sit back, relax and cheer on your favourite team.

See our live sport schedule.

Whether it’s a birthday celebration, wedding reception or corporate event, the Imperial Hotel is the perfect function venue in Melbourne CBD.

To book your next function at the Imperial, please contact our Functions Manager on (03) 9810 0062 or via info@bourkestreetimperial.com

For more information on the Imperial Hotel on Bourke Street, please call (03) 9810 0062.