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Published June 14th 2012
One of the best bars of Sydney's underground music scene has stepped into the light - but you still won't discover it without a little help.
Camelot Lounge - formerly QIRKZ - may have legitimised, but the atmosphere still feels excitingly illicit. On a nondescript street in Marrickville, pluck up the courage to walk through an unmarked doorway and up a steep, grey staircase. At the top, you will discover another world. An intimate, dimly lit venue, where you can sit on high-backed castle-esque chairs, surrounded by a lot of camels.
This not-very-subtle play on words makes for some very interesting decor, with camels of all shapes and sizes crammed into every available space. There are even flying camels hanging from the ceiling!
A bar with a (slightly) older crowd - for those of us who believe that entering our fourth, fifth, or even sixth decade doesn't mean we have to get boring and stodgy. The Camelot Lounge plays host to an eclectic mix of gigs, such as the regular Tuesday night Gypsy Art Club, described as "Life Drawing and Gypsy Jazz".
Drinks include a range of very reasonably priced wines, starting at $30 a bottle, and all available by the glass. Then there are bottled beers, and the usual range of spirits. The food menu is cheap and simple - dips, a mezze plate, or a selection of thin-crust pizzas.