If you are in the city and looking for a place to drink up, grab something to eat, and have a good time, look no further than The Lounge on Swanston Street.
The entrance simply being a flight of stairs with a sign next to it can make it easy to miss, but these stairs also give the place a sense of mystery, enticing people on the street to enter to find out what is inside. If you get to The Lounge early enough, you can avoid having to put up with the standard annoying cross-examination bouncers can give and just simply walk up the stairs. The dress code isn’t too strict, so there shouldn’t be too many hassles in that department either.
After walking up the stairs, you will find a cross between a bar, a cafe, and a nightclub, filled with tables, a dance floor, a DJ booth and stage for bands, a pool table, and an undercover balcony with a sweet view of Swanston Street. While it is not a big area, you won’t be cramped or squished in either. The bar is right in front of you as you walk in with friendly staff waiting to serve you a variety of reasonably priced drinks, as well as the menu of various types of main meals, snacks, and entrees for you to munch on before you properly start getting into the grog. It doesn’t hurt that The Lounge has friendly waitresses who are easy on the eye and wearing tight white tops and short blue skirts serving you either.
The type of atmosphere The Lounge has depends on what day of the week you go. There are nights when live bands play their own music to you, and other nights when DJs whip out some chill out techno music that allows you to relax with your mates, but also lets you to get your groove on. The Lounge has been known to have celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Michael Hutchence, Tim Burton, and Bjork, to name but a few, come to hang out at The Lounge when they were in town, and international musical acts like Jeff Buckley, Groove Armada, Ice Cube, and many more have even performed there over the years, giving The Lounge a sense of classiness that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
Open seven days a week, each day has a different vibe to it that makes The Lounge stand out from other nightspots and caters for a variety of different people who all want to have a good time and chill out. Whether you go just to have some dinner and drinks or to have a piss up with your mates on the weekend, you can be assured that you won’t be disappointed.
Originally published here at barsandnightclubs.com.au on Monday 15 November 2010