Giddy-up, Melbourne, a new Moon Dog venue is coming to town. This time, the team are setting up shop in the iconic Franco Cozzo building in the heart of Footscray. Moon Dog Wild West will be their biggest venue yet, spanning three levels and fitting up to 800 patrons. It will be twice the size of their Preston venue, Moon Dog World, and feature over 100 taps. Moon Dog Wild West is set to open in early March 2024.
Moon Dog Wild West
As you can guess from the name, this venue is inspired by the wild, wild west. Step through the swinging saloon doors and grab a drink from the largest bar in the venue. On the ground floor, you’ll find a bucking bull standing strong as the centrepiece. Settle in to one of the horseshoe booths, play at the western arcade, check out The Kids’ Ranch, or opt for private dining in a barrel ageing room.
A Honky Tonk bar sits on the second floor, as well as pool tables, a jukebox, a balcony outpost lounge and a live music stage inspired by the Blues Brothers. Before you climb to the rooftop, be sure to grab a flask of bourbon from the secret Pianola Bar on the first floor.
Finally, the rooftop will reward you with city views, cocktails and tacos. Sip a tequila sunrise among the rooftop cacti, while indulging in a taco tray from Prickly Pete’s Cantina.
“We’re so excited to join the vibrant Footscray community in such an iconic location,” said Moon Dog co-founder Karl van Buuren. “The support has been overwhelming, and we can’t wait to finally throw open the doors and welcome everyone in for a cold beer.”
Food and drink
At Moon Dog, you can expect their wide range of craft beers and seltzers, as well as a variety of wines, spirits, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Get in the spirit of things with specials like their cactus cocktail towers and snake in the boot shots.
Sink your teeth into pub classics like burgers and parmas, as well as American BBQ bites and Tex Mex on the rooftop.
Can’t wait for Moon Dog Wild West? Pop into their current venues, Moon Dog World in Preston and Moon Dog OG in Abbotsford. In July 2024, they’re also opening Doglands on the Marvel Stadium concourse, as well as a venue in Frankston later in the year.