“Some people might even be repulsed by it, and that’s OK – it’s a pretty wild flavour. But … if you love it, you won’t be able to get enough, and to those who do love it Gummo is perfect – charming, safe, full of character and guided by a refreshing sense of social responsibility we can all appreciate.” –TimeOut Melbourne
“Go! To Cafe Gummo in Thornbury! Sickest bar. Explicitly anti-fascist, so no flogs. Best owners too. Good drinks. Stop giving your beer money to bloody idiots! Go!” -Tom Tanuki (Million Flag Patriots/Yelling At Racist Dogs)
“An Antifa Bar? I give it 6 months max” –Some Online Hater April 2019
Opening in March of 2019, Cafe Gummo was opened with the intention of filling a void in Narrm/Melbourne’s nightlife, namely an explicitly fascist-free Dive Bar. What does that mean though? We active dissuade racists, homophobes, transphobes and other bigots from attending in order to make room for the those groups tired of their bullshit. We also like to party, a lot.
While we consider ourselves first and foremost a punk-bar we program a diverse range of live shows including: Rock’n’Roll, Electro, Hip-Hop, Oi, Darkwave, Ska/Reggae, Metal, Rembetika, Balkan Brass, Blues/Roots, Karaoke, Cowbabe themed Queer Parties and many Fundraisers for Important Organizations.
We are a partially accessible venue with a removable wheelchair ramp and wheelchair accessible bathroom, including handrail, located off the rear beer garden. Some low steps exist within the venue and depending on the event, the bandroom can be quite crowded. Straws are provided on request though generally only when needed for medical reasons.
We also believe in paying the rent, that is, each month we donate the entirety to our tip jar to a different First-Nations Organization. It’s not much but it’s a start. Always was, Always will be, Aboriginal land.
Lastly, you don’t have to be a staunch activist to feel at home here! We attract a broad range of folks from diverse backgrounds, we just ask our punters to respect each other and to avoid conflict wherever possible, it ain’t rocket-science!
Direct your (Post COVID-19) enquiries and questions to [email protected] (not gmail) or message our facebook page direct.