Venue type: Bar, Club
Be it techno, pop or alternative, there is something to dance to on most nights of the week in this well-established upstairs venue. Go before 10pm however, and it is simply a relaxed bar with a good menu, a pool table, comfy chairs, a smoking area and a spacious balcony overlooking Swanston Street that is open when the weather is good, and covered and heated in winter. By the way, if you are looking for somewhere to kick on, Lounge is often open until you can hear the birds chirping.
Oh, and downstairs - that's the 'Lounge Downstairs'. It's a separate bar, quite chilled, and in the whole loungey-bars kind of mood. It wouldn't make a bad spot to meet, actually.
The Lounge is still undeniably popular and attracts a similar crowd to say, Revolver. Evenings will tend to focus on the dancefloor, and props such as curtains and smoke machine will often be brought in to move the emphasis from bar to club. Appreciative, alternative clubbers that know their DJs make up the Lounge's key patrons.
I started visiting the Lounge 10 years ago, as a recent arrival to Melbourne from Tassie. I loved the vibe then, and it has to be one of my fave bars in the world. On a brief trip back home I visited the Lounge before Christmas, and needless to say it still has that wonderful relaxed atmosphere and even the decor hasn't changed that much! Sitting on the balcony above Swanston Street on a gorgeous summer Sunday afternoon with a nice group of friends or a good book can't be beat. Always pleasant beats in the background (anything from drum & bass to trance) and even tho their kitchen can be variable in its output, there's bar grub to look forward to.
Pete, London, 10/05
OK party people of Melbourne and tourists alike! If you're a semi-swanky, off-peak-trender, love your tasteful, quaint tunes and don't mind a few spilt pints down your front in the wee hours of the morning, then this is the place for you! Grab a seat earlier in the night if possible, and if you're lucky you might steal a spot outside on the balcony and whisper sweet nothings into the innocent ears of those below who wander up and down Swanston Street. I don't like commercial-pop music, if you're feeling what I'm saying then don't despair! The Lounge is so versatile that it looks after everyone. I must make a brief yet non-promotional mention about Thursday nights, being drum'n'bass night: it goes off. On another note, Saturday night in the warmer seasons really is worth a visit. By late evening the tables have been cleared, the music becomes louder and quite danceable, and the punters have downed a few spirits. Everyone is happy. The atmosphere you ask? Not overly trendy yet far from a dive. This place is outgoing, dimly lit so you look great, moderately stylish - you'll wonder where all the new numbers came from in your phone the next day. The Lounge is fit for 20s - 30s, best to travel in small groups, even the barstaff are down to earth. This niche kinda reminds me of being in Manchester. No real theme, just a friendly, fun (did I mention Thursday nights really go off?!) kinda place. Not convinced? See it for yourself.. WARNING: Not recommended for haters of loud music or romantic candelit dinners. (Entry $10 after 10pm on weekends - Hey, if you have to pay, you know it's going to be good!)
Janie Heasman, Chadstone, 09/05
Lounge / Link to this page: https://www.partystar.com.au/venue/433/
2/430 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 535 010