The Prince of Wales hotel. Here is a link to their website. The site makes no mention of live music or the downstairs bar.
A recent post resulted in some reminiscing about the Prince of Wales hotel in St Kilda in comments. It was interesting to recall some things that I had so forgotten. POW is now quite upmarket above ground level but the downstairs bars remain much the same. If they still have $1 pots on a Monday nights, I bet they are $3 pots.
Along with hosting Pokeys, the gay Sunday night drag stage shows, it was a live music venue and still is.
One of the downstairs bars was ruled with an iron fist from the bar side by a transsexual. I probably have that noun wrong. I get scared when using such words.
For Robert and Ian, you can see an extension at the your left side to the hotel. I am not sure what is there except the large open balcony for smoking.
Radio station PBS used to broadcast from The Prince.
On a personal level, we would drive into the multi storey car park at the rear of the building, drive up onto the roof, go down some stairs, pay our admittance and continue downstairs to the Pokeys venue. It was huge. It was the whole floor of the building. There was the showroom, the piano bar, another area where dykes would sit, bits in between. A great venue.
For our entry fee we received a meal, and oh how bad they were. Did not matter.
At ten o'clock, later 11, the venue would close and we would go home to bed and have a good night's sleep and feel refreshed in the morning, unlike today when people are just getting dressed to go out at 11pm.
The ugly orange bits at the front are barriers between out door seating and the footpath.