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Shaw Davey Slum

Shaw Davey Slum takes a corner pub spot fixture in Carlton and transforms it into a colourful, mischievous homage to the swinging 60s, celebrating Australian culture. The venue's name is based on a poverty report written in 1958 by two commissioners named Shaw and Davey about Carlton and the surrounding areas.

A sprawling bar, the Shaw Davey Slum wholeheartedly embraces weekend fun, good food, good drinking, and the good times synonymous with 60s pop-culture. In other words, it’s a stellar venue for a function or celebration. Downstairs in the main bar and dining room, the Shaw Davey Slum serves up good pub fare and specials throughout the week (especially attractive no doubt, to the University of Melbourne crowd). The walls are brightly coloured and cheery, all paisley and flowers and purple lights. Upstairs one finds a rooftop space, with a retractable cover above to ensure Melbourne’s unreliable weather never dampens a party mood. The upstairs space also doubles as a private function space - think end of year parties, end of semester celebrations, and milestone birthdays. The Shaw Davey Slum is found on the corner of Elgin Street and Drummond Street, Carlton. A short walk from Melbourne University, there’s quick access to the 1, 8 and 96 tram lines - making it easy to head back into the city or out into the inner north.

Shaw Davey Slum Function Rooms

Chevron Lounge

Chevron Lounge

For those not in the know when it comes to geometric patterns, a "chevron" is a v-shaped line or stripe. You'll immediately be able to recognize a few here, given the ceiling of the Chevron Lounge is covered in them. As with the rest of t...

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Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

The Main Dining Room is a striking space for enjoying a casual yet impressive sit-down meal. An intricately detailed ceiling with lights descending from pipes, a wall of 60s flower print, another wall of purple light - it's an area that mak...

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Pineapple Lounge and DJ Area

Pineapple Lounge and DJ Area

The Pineapple Lounge and DJ Area are a combination of two smaller spaces that equate to a cheery, fun-loving (also stylish) area for groups of up to 50 pals looking to celebrate. While unavailable on Fridays, every other night groups are ...

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Campbells Soup Area

Campbells Soup Area

The Campbells Soup can - an iconic image of 60s pop-art, and a striking image to have above you while you're enjoying the laid back and vibrant surrounds of the upstairs bar. The Campbells Soup Area is located in one end of the upstairs spa...

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Upstairs Bar

Upstairs Bar

The Upstairs Bar perched above the main bar and the dining room, this is where you'll be heading for some casual drinks, albeit as many notches above truly casual as it takes to warrant getting your own space together. For up to 300 guest...

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Entire Upstairs

Entire Upstairs

As one might expect, this refers to the entire upstairs space of the venue and used exclusively by larger groups of up to 400 guests. In other words, you've got your own private bar, complete with lounge area, kitschy-cool wallpaper, and ...

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Air Con
Dance Floor
External Music
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Outdoor Space
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Smoking Area