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REVOLVER UPSTAIRS

Revolver Upstairs

WHERE
Revolver Upstairs
229 Chapel Street, Prahran 3181
Victoria
WEBSITE
http://www.revolverupstairs.com.au/
EMAIL
revolver@revolverupstairs.com.au
PHONE
9521 5985



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Revolver suits a turn-up-for-dinner-and-leave-at-breakfast sort of evening's entertainment.

It's not uncommon for certain venues to become institutions and in the case of Prahran's Revolver, institution status was granted, in rough historical terms, just after the invention of the wheel.

The sprawling venue at the top of a precipitous staircase (which, incidentally, should by rights be anaethema to - ahem - festive patrons, but seems instead to draw them upwards like lemmings in reverse) attracts a love/hate relationship with many punters, which likely has more to do with self-hate once said punters find themselves sinking into a couch at 5am rather than any wrongdoing on the part of the bar.

Split between the band room, back bar, and Thai restaurant, Revolver is one of those venues that very much suits a turn-up-for-dinner-and-leave-at-breakfast sort of evening's entertainment.

The venue has had its fair share of revamps and the walls have shag-pile carpet feature hangings, alongside stencil art, Obey posters and other retro/daggy-chic odds and sods. A forest of chandeliers hovers above the bar-side tables and chairs, which provides a nice counterpoint to the brown-on-brown ephemera of the rest of the room.

The bar itself, a caged, moodily lit piece of design still in thrall to Mad Max would be the focal point of the room if everyone else wasn't so busy staring at each other. Regularly rotating DJ shifts keep the drinking soundtrack moving, so if you don't like M.I.A, wait a while.

Ultimately your enjoyment of Revolver depends on a number of variables - music, crowdedness, light levels - but if you can ignore the hype (positive and negative) and look for a venue that is relaxed and, in its own funny way, stylish, this is one institution that long ago earned its stripes and continues to come up with the goods. Just watch out for those stairs.

Review of Revolver Upstairs by Clem Bastow




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