Labelling ‘The Empress’
Part of the collection of 14,000 beer labels owned by Mr. Ray Pantano, licensee of the Empress of India Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne. Mr. Pantano has contacts all over the world and hopes to surpass the record 125,000 labels owned by an American collector.
– The Canberra Times (ACT )Monday 26 August 1963.
THE Empress Hotel (formerly the Empress of India Hotel) is a pub located at 714 Nicholson Street, in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy North. The Empress Hotel closed in December 2013, and reopened in its current form in early 2015.
The pub was opened in 1873 by John Bourke, and named in honour of Queen Victoria, who had been proclaimed the Empress of India on January 1 1877. In the late 20th century, it was frequented by employees of the North Fitzroy tram depot across the road, which has since fallen out of regular use.
In the late 1980s, it became a live music venue, and played a part in the Melbourne indie rock scene through the 90s and 2000s.
In February 2015 the venue reopened with a traditional bar, a dining area and an open air beer garden.
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Categories: Melbourne Hotels, Publicans, Victoria hotels