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Published April 8th 2012
Two of the jewels in Melbourne's crown are its live music scene and its laneway bars. Combining these two elements of the liveable city on the river is the Cherry Bar, located in a lane off a lane (ACDC Lane, off Flinders Lane).
On approaching you could be forgiven for mistaking ACDC Lane for the alley where Batman's parents were shot, but graffiti and bill poster clad cul-de-sacs are part of Melbourne's charm. The bar itself similarly has few pretensions and I would suggest that if you get knocked back from the Cherry based on a dress code violation then you are really down and out.
Once inside and one word comes to mind: "RED". The venue certainly carries the Cherry moniker into its colour scheme and the curtains that back the stage are a delightful shade of 'porno red'. The low-cut scarlet tops adorning the female door/bar staff continue the theme.
The bar clearly doesn't overspend on cleaning; stand in one place for too long and you'll need to rock slowly back and forth to remove one's feet from the sticky carpet. You can certainly forgive the venue for this; it is based around providing up-and-coming rock bands and their audience with a chance to play music and imbibe alcoholic beverages at reasonable prices. In this environment beer is going to be spilled regularly. The best way to get over it is to think that maybe you're standing in the very beer that Bon Scott threw up before he was famous.
Were the Cherry more up market it would be described as 'boutique' however as it is a dive/live music bar we'll call it intimate. Not a huge place but a perfect size for the acts it hosts. I must say that the acoustics of the venue are excellent and the resident soundy does a great job with the levels.
If you want to go and listen to some music that hasn't been put through an auto-tune nor filtered of its soul by a record company then this place is definitely for you.
Most of the patrons through the door would appear to be friends/family/fans of the bands that are playing on the night. This gives it a great ambience and despite the presence of some shady looking characters I felt that a fight was much less likely to break out than I have in much more upmarket night clubs I've had the misfortune to attend.
This is definitely a bar with its own unique atmosphere and if you don't mind the rough edges you can definitely have a good time at the Cherry. Check out their MySpace, find a band you like and enjoy the iconic dive in all its glory.