Troika Bar is a no frills drinking establishment located at the eastern end of Little Lonsdale Street in the CBD. It is a bit out of the way from the main action in the city. Yet, this is perhaps part of its charm. The patrons Troika Bar attracts are generally more subdued and decorous than one might see at other city venues.
Troika Bar is a wonderful place to mellow out and have a few quiet drinks. There are many cosy nooks to camp out in. A major pro is that the music is excellent, regardless of whether a DJ is present or not. It somehow manages to strike the perfect balance between being ambient and edgy. Moreover, the music is not at all overbearing, which means that conversations can be comfortably maintained without resorting to a screaming match. The use of assorted wall coverings, including sponge and fabric, provides a buffer for excess noise. These wall coverings also contribute to the overall stylish interior design, which is understated yet warm with an industrial feel.
Troika Bar is perhaps an easy place to walk past, as its only distinguishing features are the red light coming from its large front window and a small sign out the front in the style of an optometry chart. Despite its relatively inconspicuous exterior, Troika Bar has been a popular place since 1998 and has stayed much the same since then.
The menu offers many varieties of beer, many of which are imported from Europe. There are several types that one might not find at other bars in Melbourne. A notable mention is Stiegl Beer, which is brewed in the picturesque city of Salzburg in Austria. An interesting range of cocktails, wines, cider and spirits, including infused vodkas, are also on hand. A small selection of nibbles are also available.
Troika Bar is a cosy place with plenty of character, located in a secluded alleyway – what is more Melbourne than that?