For all that Melbourne is a modern metropolis, sometimes the lure of a bygone era calls, and luckily, our city is quite accommodating for those who want to get into character and be someone else, somewhere else, for a evening of fancy-dressed fun. Follow the links below to check out our top five Melbourne nightspots that set the scene for sojourning into another place and time.
Cruise the 1910s
All aboard the 1910s at the Titanic Theatre Restaurant.
Relive the fashion, class-consciousness and calamity of 1912 with an evening at Williamstown's Titanic Theatre Restaurant. Patrons may step on board as first-class passengers decked out in their finest silks and furs or take their place down below in the coarser garb of the steerage travellers. Dinner is served with a side of drama and comedy, with nightcaps and icecaps to finish.
Art deco devotees will delight in a night at Blue Diamond on Queen St. Ladies have the opportunity to kit themselves out in something slinky and beaded while men have an excuse (if needed) to don a rakish trilby. With regular live music, a mood-lit lounge and plenty of cocktails, patrons will be swept into the golden era in the blink of a kohl-lined eye.
Bourke St's Madame Brussels has quite a reputation. Named for a Melbourne brothel owner of decades past, this quirky bar invites ladies and gents to relax in an indoor garden reminiscent of the dainty setting for a 1950s English tea party. Sit and sip on a Pimm's and partake in some delightful finger food or lounge on the 'rather fancy terrace' with a glass of luscious punch.
On the corner of Little Collins and Russell, hard rock and heavy metal enthusiasts will find Back in the Day, a Friday night club that more than lives up to its name. With drinks prices from a time gone by and a crowd that lives by the rock 'n' roll creed, patrons can lose themselves in a world of dirty riffs, wild hair and very tight pants.
Pop into the 1990s
Expect to be reunited with the 90s at Revellers. Image credit: Kura.kun (Wikimedia Commons)
The ultra-narrow late-night Chapel St club called Revellers is the place to go for anyone wanting an unintentionally ironic dose of nineties flavour. Featuring a very mixed crowd, a powerful blue signature concoction called the Marc e Marc and an omnipresent DJ list of Hanson, Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls, this is one place sure to give you a dose of nostalgia – and then make you glad to step back into the present day.
Where is your favourite place to turn back time in Melbourne?