Paint The Town Red With Mr Brownie

The Indian–British curry pub South Melbourne didn’t know it needed

UPDATED | New opening date: 2 July 2020

Internationally acclaimed Chef–Restaurateur Jessi Singh (co-owner of Mrs Singh, Daughter In Law, Horn Please, Don't Tell Aunty, Babu Ji NYC, Bibi Ji) is bringing four levels of fun to Clarendon Street with Mr Brownie Rooftop Hotel – a vibrant, multi-level venue bound in neon lights and delivering hospitality of all intents and purposes from rooftop to basement boom boom room. 


Set to open Thursday, 2 July, the South Melbourne Indian-British curry pub is Singh’s latest addition to his stable of respected restaurants, promising good times from morning until night. 


“There’s a real sense of community in South Melbourne that we can’t wait to be a part of. If you’re picking up takeaways, popping in for a drink or staying for a dance, Mr Brownie welcomes everyone,” says Singh. 


On the ground floor, a Punjabi-style deli will sell South Melbourne Jessi’s unauthentic Indian–British pub food, available to eat in or takeaway. Bottles from the 500-strong beer list will be complemented by a tighter selection of international and Australian wines. Outside, a 70-seater sunshine-soaked footpath beer garden is made for slow afternoons and balmy nights. Two Pét-Nats on tap from Tasmania’s Domaine Simha and Canberra’s Ravensworth wines will be on pour alongside four additional tap wines and 16 tap beers available for takeaway growler refills.  


Below the surface, a speakeasy-style basement cocktail and dancing lounge – the Boom Boom Room – welcomes creatures of the night. Accessed only through a concealed wall of beer cans, revellers descend the lipstick-red staircase to the intimate underground space offering bespoke cocktails and 16 tap beers. Red velvet furniture and red neon lighting set the mood for the many dark nooks and a dimly lit dance floor.


In the main pub area upstairs guests can expect Indian–British pub fare, though everything available at the ground-floor bodega can be purchased and consumed on any of the levels. From the rooftop terrace, city skyline views encourage patrons to come for the all-day weekend brunch and stay for an evening tipple. A portable tiki bar will satisfy the thirsty, and rotating DJs will inspire impromptu dance parties three floors up.  


For those wanting a more intimate dining experience, two private spaces are available, encapsulating Hollywood Regency with velvet shell couches and red velvet curtains.


Waiting to be explored from the end of June, Mr Brownie Rooftop Hotel will welcome guests seven days a week. ‘Wear your comfy shoes and let the fun begin,’ says Singh. 


Mr Brownie Rooftop Hotel

343 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205

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Images: Parker Blain