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Laurel Hotel is well-known to those in and around Ascot Vale. As is to be expected; it’s been there, sitting on its corner pub corner position since 1853. For those not in the know, here’s the news: the Laurel Hotel’s a pub, it’s in Ascot Vale, and pretty much constitutes a “neighbourhood institution” by now. The local watering hole known as the Laurel is run by a mother-daughter team, who’s been steadily renovating, doing up and improving the building since 2008. The pub now boasts a rooftop beer garden, a sports bar, and a couple of upstairs function spaces, and the entire space is still proudly sans pokies. The Laurel hosts live music throughout the weekend, offers pub meal specials throughout the week, and resides (oh, convenience) along the 59 tram line. For a meal a little more fancy-pants than the run-of-the-mill pub grub, Bistro 289 sits adjacent to the main pub. The Laurel Hotel is found on the corner of Mt Alexander Road and Middle Street, Ascot Vale. Uh-huh, legit corner pub. Fun fact: that’s along the 59 tram line. It’s also about a fifteen to twenty-minute drive from Melbourne city.

Laurel Hotel Function Rooms

Rooftop Beer Garden

Rooftop Beer Garden

Rooftop! Balcony! Need more be said? A perfect space to kick back on a sunny morning, afternoon, or evening. With its own bar, you have everything you need. There's even a retractable roof so you don't need to worry about the elements. The...

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Upstairs at The Laurel

Upstairs at The Laurel

The upstairs function space easily accommodates up to 180 guests within its modern surroundings. It features a private bar, striking red walls, and when the weather's good, can be combined with the rooftop. Lends itself to family events, ...

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Atrium and Back of Bistro

Atrium and Back of Bistro

This combines the sunny, bright Atrium private dining space, as well as the back of the Hotel's bistro. Wham-bam-space for 60 guests. It's a popular spot for large, sprawling family dinners, as well as corporate events. back of our Bistro w...

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The Atrium is the hotel's private dining space. It's bright, airy, with sunlight streaming in. It comfortably fits up to 30 guests, so it's a good pick for business meetings, family dinners, and small-scale cocktail events.

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Bistro 289

Bistro 289

The hotel's Bistro 289 is a step above the run-of-the-mill pub dining room - it's elegant and modern, with some top-notch offerings on the menu. Of course, the parma's still there too. Small groups are able to utilize part of the Bistro, or...

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Tina Maher

April 28, 2023

Just had my twin and my 50th 70s themed birthday party and it was a fantastic experience and venue. Thanks to Megan we upgraded to the larger bistro area and the food, drinks, atmosphere and amazing staff and service couldn’t be faulted. Thanks Megan and Laurel staff for making our special night memorable and for your support and communication all night to make it smooth and enjoyable 💕💕💕

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Nuo Saqiracr

December 14, 2022

Staff never smiled, service was very slow, crockery was from the 60s, we ate an expensive 6 slice small home made pizza from a saucer size plate, ordered medium cooked scotch fillet for main (three of them) it was served well done, charred & dry. The pork belly apparently was nice, the kids pasta was over cooked but plentiful. Horrible night, spoiled my sons 21st birthday, never again. Truly a disgusting venue

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Sharon Joyner

May 27, 2023

Lunch today @ The Laurel Hotel was & amazing. Super fresh OYSTERS, natural & Kilpatrick, also garlic bread with cheese was our entree. The absolute highlight for me was the Frutti De Mare Linguini (seafood linguini). Don't go past this dish it is simply to die for. I will be back.

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Monica Polimeni

February 5, 2023

We had such a wonderful time celebrating my 50th birthday Upstairs at the Laurel. The staff could not have done more to make sure everyone one was well fed, well hydrated and well looked after. The food was beautiful and there was alot of it! Such a wide selection on offer. The function space is so roomy and offers lots of areas to congregate for a chat or a dance. Thanks Megan, Brooke and Tilly..we will def do it all again !!

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Gail Mcfaul

August 28, 2022

Thank to all the staff who did an amazing job for my 70th bday dressup..we all had a ball.. would totally recommend this venue..10/10

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