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Star Bar Hotel

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by Chris Sutton (subscribe)
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Published November 17th 2011
When seeking the perfect night out with friends various factors need to be considered. That such as price, crowd, music, location and reputation are all important, and Star Bar Hotel is a club that ticks all the desired boxes.

Having been revamped only a year ago, Star Bar is an impressive sight once entering the building. A $20.00 entry fee is required though is to be expected, as finding a place with so many positive aspects is rare.

The club is basically set out in three sections. For the purpose of this review, and many of the readers, I will discuss the events of a regular Saturday night. The bottom floor, which remains the most popular, is home to the largest bar in the hotel and blasts commercial tracks. This basically means the top 40 hits and current R&B, house and dance mixes. Odds are you will know every song with each inducing the feeling to dance.

Upstairs is very much a different vibe to that beneath. Whilst couches are present near the stairs, venturing to the left will have customers grooving to electro, tech house and progressive tracks. A small bar is situated close by and is very convenient to those not wanting to travel up and down a flight of stairs every half an hour.

The other section on the top floor is a courtyard, serving as a smokers lounge. Classic R&B and hip hop tunes fill the terrace with those wanting fresh air or to light up a cigarette without leaving the establishment. Such a luxury is underestimated by most, as attendees can take drinks outside without having to pour them into a plastic cup or being stopped completely.

Drink prices are at the expected level though will perhaps be slightly cheaper than most other clubs in the city. Beverages on tap won't cost you more than five dollars, which can also be said about some of the available shots. Spirits with mixers are under nine dollars, while a large selection of RTD's and bottled beers can be chosen.

Open until 5am and with a crowd that has demonstrated no trouble on each occasion, Star Bar is the place to base your night around. The amount of space is refreshing, taxis are always out the front and the different choices in music and environment allow something for everyone.

A final interesting offer is that of the guest list:

Bring 10 people in before 11pm - you receive a $100 drink card

Bring 30 people in before 11pm - you receive a $300 drink card

Bring 50 people in before 11pm - you receive a $500 drink card

Next time you and your group of friends are unsure about where to spend the weekend, think Star Bar.
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Why? An enjoyable night out
Where: 160 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
Cost: $20.00 entry fee
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