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O’Connell’s in South Melbourne celebrates its 140th anniversary next month, over a century of historic moments, faces, food and beers that have created an institution, widely known as Melbourne's original gastropub.

Originally a private residence, Mathew McKay founded O’Connell’s Centenary Hotel in 1876 named in honour of the birth centenary of Daniel O’Connell; a leader in the fight for Catholic religious emancipation in Ireland.

A favourite destination for local residents and visitors from further afield, O’Connell’s influenced the Melbourne dining scene in the early 90’s by changing the perception of a ‘pub experience’ from parmas and pints to innovative cuisine paired with a carefully curated wine list in the same informal, relaxed setting.

The long-standing line up of prominent award-winning home grown chefs such as Greg Malouf, Adrian Richardson and Cath Kalka have all left their mark and contributed to the iconic pub dining experience over the course of the hotel’s history.

For those wishing to join in the 140th celebrations this October, tickets are available for a gastronomic experience on Wednesday 19 October. Enjoy four courses of O'Connell's signature fare curated by John Lawson paired with wines by Cape Mentelle’s wine expert.

Tickets $125 per head. Book online or in the venue at 407 Coventry Street, South Melbourne 3205