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Published August 8th 2012
For relaxed pre-movie drinks and nibbles, the Yarra Lounge presents a good argument for custom. With a variety of imported and boutique beers and ciders as well as a generous selection of wines, this venue will tempt the bibulous while pricing the riff-raff out of the market.
With two smallish rooms and some outside tables this laidback venue can get very crowded of an evening. If you're queuing for the Sun Theatre on a cold Saturday night I'd recommend rotating with your companions between the line at the ticket box and the warm confines of the Yarra Lounge and a glass of your favourite.
With the funky weathered wooden furniture of yesteryear and wall adornments of similar vintage the Yarra Lounge portrays a welcoming and relaxed ambience. With a variety of tapas to choose from this is a great place to share some snacks and drinks with a crowd of friends. They also serve pizza but I'm not sure how they could live up to L'uccellino down the road, so I stick with the tapas when in attendance – and they do this well.
Room to lounge in The Yarra Lounge
Across one mirrored wall at the back of the venue, The Lounge has what appear to be four church pews sitting end-on-end providing a long, communal table where friends and strangers can rub shoulders as the drinks wash away inhibitions.
On my last visit I sampled the Red Hill Scotch Ale, which at 5.8% alcohol volume assisted me viewing the world in a more positive light. Meanwhile my companion enjoyed the sweet Monteiths Crushed Apple Cider, forgoing the opportunity to sample the $14.50 unpronounceable Swedish cider that was also available for consumption.
Boutique beverages abound
On a night out in Yarraville, the Yarra Lounge presents the ideal choice for kick-starting proceedings. Indeed, as long as you're happy to spend $7-9 for a bottle of beer, one could spend the entire evening enjoying the Lounge's hospitality.