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Rrose Bar

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
Insouciant bon-vivant and erstwhile troubadour prone to verbose verbiage.
Published October 7th 2012
A Rose by Another Name
So you want ambience do you? Well from the bearded and heavily tattooed bar-tender through to the DJ's turntable (right next to the laptop which actually pipes through the music) this place has nailed the post-modern-retro-hipster-chicster theme. In fact this bar is too cool to have only one "R" in its name (that, or they made a typo when emailing the signwriter).

Rrose ext
More R's than a pirate movie

Part of Rrose Bar's charm is the bar itself. Rrose has a sprawling pine board that resembles more a kitchen table (replete with a fruit bowl at the centre) than it does a barrier between drinker and drink server. The clientele are able to sit on either side of the bar literally rubbing shoulders with their gracious hosts.

Rrose fruit bowl
A fruit bearing Rrose

The fruit bowl is not merely for decoration either. Rather than relying on chemically enhanced cordials and supermarket shelved tetra-juices Rrose tries something revolutionary and actually puts fresh fruit in it's cocktails. In fact the cocktail list is very impressive at this venue – you can order any of the traditional cocktails you like (margaritas, cosmopolitans or whatever else you saw on the latest 'Sex and the City' re-run) but you can also order from an extensive range of 'home-grown' cocktails, lovingly assembled by your inked up publican.

Rrose Pims
All in the presentation

Rounding out the trendy theme is a range of boutique beers. The Four Pines Stout was a ripping drop and clearly tasted better because of the fancy glass I drank it out of.

Rrose stout
The Four Pines Stout

As with most venues on Errol St space is at a premium however with a long bar, a number of tables resting against the wall and a "parlour" at the back there is enough room to entertain the throng of uber-cool who flock to Rrose on the weekend, giving the place that hubbub of voices often referred to as atmosphere.

During the week the venue exudes a more chilled vibe (i.e. there's less people) but this actually suits the place. One can sit back with a fresh glass of their favourite poison and enjoy the John Lee Hooker tunes while being able to hold a conversation without yelling into your neighbours ear. They still find room for a stag who overlooks proceedings from the far end of the bone - not the first time I've seen this.

Rrose Stagshead
Venison a la Rrose Bar

If you're looking to kick off an evening with cocktails, a bite to eat with a glass of grape/grain or just a chilled place to kick back after a work day/week then look no further than Rrose Bar.
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Why? To see and be seen
When: After dark
Phone: 03 9328 1550
Where: 7 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Cost: Enough to price the riff-raff out of the place
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