If you've never visited Chapel Street, you will be unfamiliar with its dazzling lights, long strip shopping, high energy bars and clubs and of course its reputation as one of Melbourne's premium shopping destinations. Chapel Street is one of Melbourne's most iconic shopping centres, rivalled only by perhaps Chadstone Shopping Centre and Bourke Street Mall. Here are the top 3 bars and clubs to visit whilst partying on Chapel Street.
1) The Lucky Coq Located on the corner of High Street and Chapel Street, The Lucky Coq is a chilled-out yet funky bar with simply mouth-watering pizzas. The atmosphere is a mixture of soul and upbeat funk, combined with chilled out areas for chatting with friends.
One of the biggest draw cards of The Lucky Coq is the $4 pizzas. There are plenty of options to choose from, including Margarita, Hawaiian and other Lucky Coq specials. Drinks are reasonably priced as well; $7.50 will get you a pint of their high quality apple ciders on tap, while beer prices are similarly quite cheap. The experience of the Lucky Coq would not be complete without visiting their flashy new toilet facilities, with their semi-opaque door, the toilets are definitely just one of the many highlights of the Lucky Coq.
2) Bridie O'Reilly's Bridie O'Reilly's is a classic Irish pub which has quickly become the watering hole for many of the Prahran locals. The outside area of Bridie's features multiple tables, perfection for conversion over a few too many beers. Unlike other pubs, Bridie's is well and truly open into the afternoon allowing for workers and the like to relax in one of the many tables Bridie's has to offer. The drinks are adequately priced at standard bar prices.
Bridie's focus is strongly on sport, especially rugby and football, which is often played on one of their many big screen TVs. If sport is not your game, there is a makeshift dance-floor located in the upper section of Bridie's. Live bands are a common feature of Bridie's dance-floor on a Friday night. The most popular night at Bridie's is Saturday night and if the place is packed full, security can be strict. Best bet is to get there early. If you are after a classic Irish pub experience, there is no better place on Chapel Street than Bridie O'Reilly's.
3) 161 Nightclub Famous for being one of the most 'indie' nightclubs, 161 is a pumping, upbeat, alternative nightclub for all those individuals who love to express themselves. Generally known for its younger crowd, 161's best night is on a Thursday where clubbers in the 20's and late teens turn up in their hundreds. The best bet for safely getting into 161 on a Thursday is on a list which is a measly $7 and $12 for non-list. Basic vodkas couldn't bet cheaper, $4 for all vodkas, $2 for pots and $5 for agwa bombs. The interior of 161 resembles an old-fashioned 1960's house that your Grandma might live in. It is made to be alternative and the club reflects that.
The music is generally pumping after 9pm. DJ's play the best of recent releases as well as old mash-ups including the Lion King theme song. Downstairs there are plenty of modern looking seats to chat and mingle and escape the hype of the upstairs dance-floor. If you are young and looking for adventure, 161 may be the place for you.