About Us

Melbourne's sexuality and gender diverse (queer) bookshop is set off Brunswick Street in the heart of Spanishtown at 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. With a huge range of fiction and non-fiction titles, coffee table books, erotica, DVDs, cards and the latest magazines from around the world, as well as tickets to all the main queer events, Hares & Hyenas is the one-stop shop for all your queer reading and entertainment needs. In a matter of weeks Hares & Hyenas will be relocating to the Victorian Pride Centre in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, while Harehole Melbourne will stay in the Fitzroy location and be operating a cafe, venue, retail outlet (including books) and community centre. It will be largely community run after re-establishing itself.

Founded in 1991, Hares & Hyenas opened in Commercial Road, South Yarra, before having other outlets in Fitzroy and Collingwood. In 1999 Hares & Hyenas consolidated its business base back in Commercial Road, before moving to its current larger premises in 2006. Since its opening, Hares & Hyenas has presented over 5000 literary and performance events.

Establishing a cafe here in 2007, since 2012 Hares & Hyenas has been operating as a fully licensed performance venue known as Harehole. It currently hosts shows ranging from large seasons at the annual Midsumma, Comedy and Melbourne Fringe festivals to regular spoken word nights and events of all types presented by leading producers and artists.

Harehole Melbourne is the performance venue and will continue to operate when Hares & Hyenas departs for St Kilda. Its capacity is currently restricted by Covid regulations.  Contact us if you would like to speak to us about bringing your next milestone event here.

Hares & Hyenas is the trading name of Palstat Pty Ltd

ABN: 28 067 516 205