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29th Apartment Bar

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by JMBowen (subscribe)
Glutard foodie and adventure seeker.
Published September 12th 2016
A fabulous haven of fun, food and refreshment
29th Apartment is my new favourite St Kilda haunt. It has everything I want in a night-time hideaway: tasty cheap food, drinks, and a fantastic atmosphere.

The venue is a recreation of the apartment of a St Kilda artist, Katishe, who disappeared in the 80s. She was notorious for working the streets at night, then taking her clients back to her apartment, to show them her artwork (and perhaps a few other things).

29th Apartment St Kilda
The back alley... to the toilets

Katishe had a fascination with New York, and this is reflected all around. She loved the streets of New York, and the interiors, and her work was inspired by the colours and eclecticism of Andy Warhol. There is so much to see in this venue, you simply have to go exploring.

29th Apartment St Kilda
I love this, but I don't think I'm going to sit on it.

One thing that might grab your attention is the bed in the corner, complete with black pleather coverings, and a bean-bag filled bath in the corner.

The large old-school style TV screen on the wall plays some bizarre 80s flick, while the sound system plays current hits. You can enjoy exploring while you sip a creation from the bar.

29th Apartment St Kilda
They've got you covered.

You'll find unexpected gems like the fish tank where a miniature Statue of Liberty stands erect alongside an adult toy, both discoloured by the fish water.

Did I mention games? I repeatedly lost at Connect 4 while we waited for our food, and was just about to start in on the giant Jenga, when our kilo of chicken wings and loaded fries arrived. The food came so quickly that I didn't get a chance to win at Jenga! The only time in my life I've been disappointed at speedy service.

29th Apartment St Kilda
Happy campers on couches eating wings.

I think my favourite detail was the New York Darling newspaper, with its hilarious Classifieds (as well as the list of house cocktails, and some crosswords). There is so much to love about this place. And the food is definitely on that list.

The food is classic Americana, and it's well-priced and there's plenty of it! There are also HEAPS of gluten-free options on the menu, as well as vego and paleo options.

We devoured a kilo of Buffalo wings for $14. And be warned, it has classic Southern style spicing, so our mouths were burning. The loaded fries were glued with cheese more cheese than chip almost, which was just amazing. Then there were the cheeseballs. Oh me oh my, so much cheese. I was so happy.

29th Apartment St Kilda
Perfectly cheesy.

There are also food and drink specials every day, so yes, we're coming back for those. All of them.

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Why? For the perfect hangout joint.
When: Mon-Fri 6pm-3am, Sat-Sun 4pm-3am
Phone: (03) 9534 0485
Where: 29 Fitzroy St, St Kilda Melbourne
Cost: Cheap
Your Comment
How very interesting and obviously so much more than just an eating place.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7956) 1416 days ago
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