Resa and Preston Update - Route 86

Route 86 - Update: Preston & Resa

Apparently, stuff around and just beyond Stop 53 is going to be redeveloped…The site of the old Video Store (next to Josie’s pizza) has, apparently, been approved for high-rise apartments while a few stops down Plenty Rd Summer Hill (or, as we know it, ‘Summer Bay’) shops is also up for a massive redevelopment.

Summer Hill’s an incredible site - near the intersection of Albert Street and Plenty Road. It has incredible views to the city and plenty of opportunity to provide various forms of housing appropriate to the levels of affordability in this area. So, check out these sites next time you’re near Stop 53. and get on board the 86.

"Preston needs a bar"

The owner of the Racoon Club recently credited his inspiration for the Raccoon Club on the fact that Preston needed a bar.

The development of the comunities along route 86 means we think he’s right. And plenty of locals are raving about the Big R.

Heading northbound on the 86 you should be able to hop straight off the tram and into the Raccoon Club (145 Plenty Rd, Preston).

Look for the massive ‘R’ on the facade.

Some reviews/details of the Raccoon Club:

http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/nightlife/article/raccoon-club

http://wotnews.com.au/like/a_craft_bar_in_preston_the_raccoon_club/7318690/

https://foursquare.com/v/raccoon-club/4e731a3ca8095a7c42219dd3

"Preston needs a bar"

The owner of the Racoon Club recently credited his inspiration for the Raccoon Club on the fact that Preston needed a bar.

The development of the comunities along route 86 means we think he’s right. And plenty of locals are raving about the Big R.

Heading northbound on the 86 you should be able to hop straight off the tram and into the Raccoon Club (145 Plenty Rd, Preston).

Look for the massive ‘R’ on the facade.

Some reviews/details of the Raccoon Club:

http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/nightlife/article/raccoon-club

http://wotnews.com.au/like/a_craft_bar_in_preston_the_raccoon_club/7318690/

https://foursquare.com/v/raccoon-club/4e731a3ca8095a7c42219dd3

Wi-Fi on route 86

How big an attraction is free wi-fi?

Would it cause you to change your preference of cafe/bar/restaurant? OR are those dangle-whats-its now prolific enough that free wi-fi is going the way of the W-Class trams?

How about if the trams along route 86 had free wi-fi? I’ve been saying for a long time that free wi-fi for Melbourne’s train network was a no-brainer.

My Brother Alec (719 High Street, Thornbury, 03 9416 9428. check out reviews on: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/71/1610251/restaurant/Melbourne/Brother-Alec-Thornbury) have free wi-fi apparently. My wife was looking to get out of the house and do some work over a coffee somewhere and so she popped on the 86 and went to this little spot in Thornbury. Friendly service always helps but now being able to ‘www’ while cafeinating means this is a top-of-the-lister.

Anywhere else on route 86 with free wi-fi we can plug?

Route 86 - Updated Intro

Tram Route 86 - Intro

Welcome to what I hope to be a virtual celebration of the communities along tram route 86 in Melbourne. Perhaps best used as a ‘hop-on-hop-off’ guide – I hope it gives you a feel for the rapidly evolving communities from the Docklands in Melbourne through to the northern suburbs.

(http://samnightingaleblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/small-project-on-australian-cinemas.html)

The 86 takes in everything from CBD Bourke Street, the Bourke Street Mall, Parliament House, to world-renowned gardens, Brunswick, Gertrude and Smith Streets and the increasingly-exclusive High Street, Northcote.

(http://www.whitehat.com.au/melbourne/Attractions/Trams.asp)

But the real charm in the journey is to see High Street (and then Plenty Rd) develop and grow into an eclectic mix of cafe’s, bars, retro stores as well as some of Melbourne’s best and most diverse food.

Tram route 86 is growing and changing everyday. If you live somewhere near the route or if you’re looking for a snapshot of Melbourne culture – route 86 is your go.

Comments/contributions welcome to: route86@hotmail.com.au.

Here’s the link to the timetable: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/route/view/1881

And here’s the route map: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/maps-stations-stops/metropolitan-trams/tram/1881

Route 86 is also undergoing significant development. Here’s a site which will keep you updated: http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/RoadProjects/MelbourneRoadProjects/Inner/TramRoute86.htm

(http://www.melbourneinphotos.com/placesg3.html)

Route 86 - Westgarth & Northcote

Stop 27: Westgarth Street. One of the north’s best little strips.

Check out:

-          The old Valhalla Cinema (now Westgarth) is a great place to catch a flick (www.palacecinemas.com.au/cinemas/westgarth/) ;

-          Sagi Bar;

-          Gypsy Trade; and

-          Barnancy (incorporating Vivurtu Gallery)

Stop 28: Union St

-          Phil’s Bakehouse and Cafe (great pies);

-          Alphabet Cafe;

-          Tombo Co;

-          Whimsy Gifts;

-          Denn Wine Bar; and

-          ‘Know Your Product’ 20th Century home store (tucked away to the north-west of the stop, (www.knowyourproduct.net.au/)

Stop 29:

Stop 30: Clarke Street. One of the best views of the city from the north

Check out Grandfathers Axe antiques

Stop 31: Now we’re getting into one of the north’s great stips – High Street, Northcote. It’s changing rapidly and in the not-too-distant-future may well leave the ‘old’ High Street, Northcote entirely behind.

New road works and tram work is changing the street and narrowing it from a vehicular access perspective. Should be good for pedestrians, though.

Check out (too much to suggest…!):

-          Penny farthing Espresso;

-          Northcote Town Hall (http://www.northcotetownhall.com.au/) ;

-          Coco Loco;

-          The Peacock Hotel; and

-          Willow Bar

Stop 32: Mitchell Street

-          Carters Public House;

-          Northcote Social Club (www.northcotesocialclub.com/) ;

-           House of Assembly;

-          Ruckers Hill cafe;

-          The Book Grocer;

-          Lambs Restaurant (a traditional haunt for late/early-hour great-tasting kebabs);

Stop 33: Separation Street

Check out:

-          Acquarium Bakery Cafe

-          Wild Yak Tibetan Cafe;

-          Northcote Kebab House;

-          Mexican as well as Sri Lankan grub

Stop 34:

Check out:

-          Blessings;

-          Espresso Room;

-          Souk Clothing; and

-          Carpe Diem (videos and photos)

Route 86 - Smith Street

A fascinating, dynamic and complex part of Melbourne. Check it out with your eyes open…

Stop 16:

Check Out:

-          Jonathons on Smith butchers since 1870;

-          Smith Street Cycles

Stop 17:

Check out:

-          Charada Cakes

Stop 18:

-          Panama Dining Room and Bar (corner Smith and Stanley Sts - thepanama.com.au/)

Stop 19:

Heaps going on at stop 19:

-          Gluttony (cakes);

-          Eurpoean Sourdough Bakery;

-          Collingwood Gallery;

-          Friends of the Earth (cafe);

-          Vintage store (318 Smith St – cnr Smith and Perry);

-          The Happy Herb Shop;

-          The Birmingham Hotel;

-          Picture Box posters and gallery

Stop 20: Keele St & discount store heaven

Check out:

-          Planet Surf; Converse; Bendon; Nike; Tony Bianco… discount stores

-          Foo-Doo’s Cafe (at 368 Smith)

-          Vintage (368) and Little Prince

-          The Robert Burns Hotel (a super spot – (www.robertburnshotel.com.au/)

Stop 21:Alexandra Parade

Head west to get to the Fitzroy pool and east takes you (by car) on to the Eastern Freeway.

Check out:

-          The Gasometer Hotel; and

-          Fusion Studios (dance)

Stop 22: Cnr Smith Street and Queens Pde

Check out:

-          Clifton Hill Bicycle Centre – super-friendly staff, sales, service and coffee…;

-          The coolest-looking cafe on the corner of Hodgkinson Street. Have no idea what the name is… if anyone can help I’ll buy them a coffee.

Route 86 - Gardens, Gertrude and Smith

Stop 11: St Vincent’s Hospital

Carlton Gardens and  the Royal Exhibition Building which hosted Australia’s first Parliament until old  Parliament House in Canberra was constructed in the 1930s. The Exhibition Building is also World Heritage Listed (http://museumvictoria.com.au/reb/ )

Check out the coffee shop opposite the gardens for, arguably, the best ‘coffee and view’ in the CBD.

Stop 12: Gertrude Street

Access to Melbourne Museum from here as well as the great kid’s playground on Rathdowne Street (just near Grattan Street).

Make your way west from here to get through to Lygon Street.

Stop 13: Brunswick Street

We’re really starting to warm up now with a fantastic array of stuff to check out and do in just about every direction. The famous ‘Brunswick Street’ opens up to your north. Absolutely one of Melbourne’s gems.

Check out:

-          Back west along Gertrude Street is this great little Spanish place. Not much larger than a Toorak walk-in-robe, it offers well-priced, authentic Spanish tucker. Sit out on the street on the tiny little seats for added experience (also, cash-only);

-          South Fitzroy Antiques;

-          French Crepiere

-          Head south toward Victoria Parade and back toward St Pat’s Cathedral

Stop 14:

Some great stuff here including:

-          Charcoal Lane (www.charcoallane.com.au/) . A joint venture between Mission Australia, the Accor group (and others), it is premium dining which employs and trains indigenous young people as well as others suffering disadvantage. Don’t forget to book and, when there, ask for Jesse to tell you more about the organisation;

-          The Gertrude Hotel (www.thegertrudehotel.com.au/ ). A super, warm and welcoming pub. Excellent tucker and a great spot out on the street on a warm evening

-          Ruby Red Dress Vintage (www.rubyreddress.com/)

Stop 15: Gertrude and Smith Sts

Check out:

-          Dr Follicles. Blokes-only hairdresser which offers Coopers beer, cool music and old Playboy mags (www.drfollicles.com.au/) ;

-          Deans Art supplies;

-          Taco;

-          Australian Print Workshop;

-          Northside records (http://www.northsiderecords.com.au/) ;

-          Monsieur Truffles (chocolates)

Route 86 - Thornbury

Stop 35: Dennis Street

Check out:

-          Gringo Vibes Mexican Cantina (www.gringovibes.com/);

-          ‘Hall of Justice’;

-          Indras Secondhand;

-          Kitty Somerset (www.melbournepubs.com/venue/1273/)

Stop 36:

Check out:

-          For the Love of Pizza;

-          Thornbury Records;

-          Guitar World and Drumtek;

-          Galaxia Hot Bread and Cakes;

-          Rock Sing (Chinese); and

-          Ibleo Social Club

Stop 37:

Check out:

-          Melissa Cakes;

-          Enviro Shop;

-          The Thornbury Local (music, formerly Bender Bar)

-          Fish & Chips

-          La Casareccia; and

-          Leabanese as well as Italian tucker

Stop 38: Thornbury Village, Normanby Rd

Check out:

-          Great fruit and veg market just east of High Street;

-          Tasi’s cakes; and

-          Brother Alec (cafe);

Stop 39:

Stop 40: Mansfield Street

-          Salvation Army and Hall;

-          Op Shop and Pawn Shop;

-          Indian Grocer

Route 86 - Update: Preston & Resa

Apparently, stuff around and just beyond Stop 53 is going to be redeveloped…The site of the old Video Store (next to Josie’s pizza) has, apparently, been approved for high-rise apartments while a few stops down Plenty Rd Summer Hill (or, as we know it, ‘Summer Bay’) shops is also up for a massive redevelopment.

Summer Hill’s an incredible site - near the intersection of Albert Street and Plenty Road. It has incredible views to the city and plenty of opportunity to provide various forms of housing appropriate to the levels of affordability in this area. So, check out these sites next time you’re near Stop 53. and get on board the 86.

Stop 41: Collins Street

Check out:

-          Northern Soul (coffee shop);

-          Millinery & Design (Marlena Romeo);

-          The Music Jungle;

-          The Curious Oyster Shoppe;

-          Cafe Cinquecento

Stop 42: The Junction of Plenty Rd and High Street. While up until recently you might have been excused for ignoring Plenty Rd for its glitzier cousin, High Street, Plenty Rd has the advantage of the tram as well as some amazing development. So, if High Street Preston (and the great stuff that goes on just over Bell Street) is your interest then its by foot, car or bus from here…

Check out:

-          The Junction Hotel;

-          Baldovino (renowned Italian restaurant);

-          Brooks and Co Furniture;

-          Cedar Bakery (on High Street just north of the junction);

-          Buddha Thai;

-          Fish on High;

-          The Manufactory (vintage homewares etc (www.themanufactorythornbury.blogspot.com/)

Stop 43: Raglan Street.

This stretch of tram route between the junction and Bell street is really coming of-age. Check out Boundary Espresso (fast becoming locals’ locals) a great little coffee shop  where you can get a top weekend brekky.

Stop 44:

-          CJs Cafe;

-          Mustang Classic Drives;

-          Retro Future and Objects

-          Agents for the Arts (The Paint Pot People: www.paintpotpeople.com.au/)

Stop 45/46: Bell Street and Tram Depot

-          Le Snack cafe;

-          Stolberg pub

Stop 49:Murray Rd.

Head east to get to Northland shopping centre and west to get to the Preston Market. Also Dow Sing (Chinese) is a must. A real local staple.

Stop 50: Sylvester Gve

Check out:

-          BTs pizza; and

-          Furniture Cave – Antiques and Restorations

Stop 51: Wood Street

Check out:

-          Vinnies Op Shop;

-          The Buffer Stop (Model railways); and

-          Antiques and Polishers

Stop 52: Tyler Street.

This used to be the end of the 86 route before it was extended a series of times out past La Trobe Uni. It marks what is known, locally, as the beginning of the ‘Oakhill’ area of Reservoir. It also marks the start of the Oakhill retail strip.

Check out:

-          Tyler St Cafe; and

-          Chilli Bites www.chillibites.com.au/)

Stop 53:

Check out:

-          Josie’s Pizza;

-          Rose Shamrock Pub;

-          Harry’s Fish N’ Chips;

-          J’s Asian