Meet Purple Betty, Melbourne’s mysterious new bar providing are living tune for all tune tastes

Meet Red Betty, Melbourne's mysterious new bar offering live music for all music tastes

The remark completely describes the individuality and wackiness of the hidden laneway bar in Brunswick. What was once a theatre for magic presentations is now a spot the place other folks can pass to revel in tune in a small, intimate atmosphere.
“You don’t if truth be told know what to anticipate while you stroll in on anyone night time. One night time you’re going to stroll in and there’s a post-punk band after which the following night time it may well be DJs or acoustic,” Sal says. “We’ve a truly large number of bands, anything else from indie-pop to post-punk and rock and anything else in between them. Then with DJs, it may well be anything else from hip hop to soul, funk and reggae thru to accommodate and techno, it’s tremendous various.”
Figuring out that they sought after to open a bar in Brunswick, the place the 4 pals are living, Sal describes the timing of discovering the bar as “serendipity”. The gang sought after the bar to be in a space between Sydney Street and the Upfield railway line in Brunswick, as that house is semi-industrial with now not a large number of homes round, so they might be much less more likely to get noise proceedings. Two weeks after the gang were given in combination and determined they had been going to shop for and open a bar, the magic theatre in Houdini Lane that they had been accustomed to was once up on the market, and all of it simply labored out completely.
“I believe our location is a blessing and a curse, the curse is that individuals do to find it exhausting to seek out and don’t truly simply stumble throughout it, every now and then they do, however now not very ceaselessly,” says Sal. “But it surely’s nice as smartly as a result of I believe when other folks to find it they really feel slightly particular.
“It’s only a kooky little venue, I assume it’s a excellent factor, other folks’s response to it’s reasonably beautiful as smartly which I’m reasonably happy about.”
Opening the bar itself was once a large success since the quartet of pals needed to renovate the distance. Their function when opening was once to make a truly multi-use venue area that individuals would need to come and spot tune in, whilst additionally being someplace that performers would need to play in.
“Possibly that’s why other folks loosen up right here,” Sal ponders. “As it’s now not this massive overwhelming area, it’s very manageable. It has a truly intimate really feel to it.”
When appearing within the small room licenced to carry 40 other folks, it normally brings out the most productive within the performers as a result of they really feel comfy and will let pass with out feeling any power. Sal says she all the time noticed the bar as a spot the place other folks may carry out if they would like to take a look at out new subject material or release one thing, however they don’t need the power of filling 150 other folks in a room.
Purple Betty has a cosy and comfortable vibe but if there’s a band enjoying and also you fill it with a room stuffed with other folks, it appears like a truly excellent area celebration, however with a bar in it, which is what the group was once going for. With a “No Dickheads” coverage, additionally they attempt to create a secure area for performers and crowd contributors to revel in their night time safely and conveniently. “We’ve a truly combined crowd which I truly love, everybody feels unfastened to do their factor there and that’s tremendous necessary to us. 3 people that run the venue all paintings in the back of the bar so it’s were given an overly homely and inviting environment.”
Sooner or later, the homeowners would love Purple Betty to be open later till 3am and in addition see it open extra nights of the week. They need to see it develop it with extra tune, in addition to comedy and participate in gala’s. However for now other folks must pass and try Purple Betty for the number of tune being performed and since you’re all the time certain to get a excellent drink that received’t cost a fortune.
“I believe like we’re truly simply beginning to get to grasp what we’re about and issues are beginning to develop with having gigs each weekend,” Sal says. “I’m simply truly thinking about what’s going to occur in the following few years. I’d love us to change into a long lasting little tune venue.” 

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