They are no stranger to outrageously large and unique venues that burst with excitement; and Moon Dog’s newest venue on the block does not steer away from this pattern. Moon Dog Wild West is their newest venue and will be set in the heart of Footscray, in the old Franco Cozzo building. They keep getting bigger and better, but this sure is bigger than ever. If you thought their Preston venue Moon Dog World was big, you might want to think again, as this will be twice the size.
“We’re so excited to join the vibrant Footscray community in such an iconic location; the support has been overwhelming, and we can’t wait to finally throw open the doors and welcome everyone in for a cold beer.” Karl van Buuren, Moon Dog co-founder.
In early March 2024, doors will open to Moon Dog Wild West. Gathering from the name, their new venue will put a western spin on their well-trusted hospitality experience.
With a sweeping open canyon throughout the venue, Moon Dog Wild West spans three levels, boasts over 100 taps, and will fit up to 800 patrons. This is their biggest venture yet and bound to be a showstopper.
Enter the swinging saloon doors to the ground floor where the largest bar of the venue lays and a bucking bull stands strong as the centrepiece. Horseshoe booths, a western arcade, The Kids’ Ranch and a barrel ageing room available for private dining nestle amongst the width of the entrance floor.
Make your way up to the second floor where the Honky Tonk bar awaits. Here, sits the live music stage (inspired by the Blues Brothers), pool tables, a jukebox, and a balcony outpost lounge. Before reaching the rooftop, make sure to seek out a hip flask of bourbon from the secret Pianola Bar on the first floor.
Top it all off with a visit to the final floor; the rooftop. The adventure to the top floor will take you out of Melbourne and into a western, desert dream. Soak up the sunshine amongst the city views and rooftop cacti. A tequila sunrise from the Watering Hole cocktail bar paired with a taco tray from Prickly Pete’s Cantina will settle you in rather nicely.
Moon Dog will of course be serving their wide range of craft beers and seltzers alongside a variety of wines, spirits, cocktails and non-alcoholic offerings, with fandango specials like cactus cocktail towers and snake in the boot shots.
Whether it’s a casual visit with family or you’re locked in for a session with your best mates, the gastropub classics like burgers and parmas will tickle everyone’s cravings. Alas; it cannot be western inspired without some juicy American BBQ bites and a taste of Tex Mex on the rooftop.
“With a venue of this size, we knew we could achieve something that hasn’t been seen before and really go bigger than we ever have. We’re hoping to create somewhere for people to enjoy the outrageousness of it all!” Joshua Uljans, Moon Dog CEO & co-founder.
In other exciting news, Moon Dog are sticking true to their DNA of creating unique experiences and they are not just stopping at Footscray. 2024 is a massive year for the team as they are set to open two new venues. Doglands will be opening on the Marvel Stadium concourse and it is set to hold over 1,500 patrons, come July. They are also in the works for a Frankston venue set by the sea. More to come.
Moon Dog Wild West is located at 54 Hopkins Street, Footscray.