Best bars to catch a movie

Put something in your eyes as well of your mouth at these top five film-screening booze houses

Some of our favourite Melbourne bars and cafés do double-duty as screening rooms, where patrons can indulge their tastes for arthouse, classics or pure cult wackitude while enjoying a drink or three.

Kent Street

Every Monday, Kent Street stops projecting footage of passers-by and screens features. Settle into a saggy armchair with a mulled wine and maybe some gyoza from next door – pickings are slim here and they don't mind if you BYO – and prepare for some sensationally bad kung fu. Fitzroy.

Shebeen

Drinking here is flat-out good for you. Money from every beer purchased goes to a charity project in that brew's country of origin, and downstairs, Speakeasy Cinema screens a series of documentaries to enhance your mind. That's a night of drinking even your mum can get behind. Melbourne.

303

Northcote’s colourful, shambolic 303 plays host to regular movie screenings. The room is dark, cavernous and filled with couches to slouch on while your mind is being blown by whatever wild brew of horror, psychedelia and bad special effects the programmers have dug up. Northcote.

Loop Project Space & Bar

Loop has long been used as a venue for small film premieres, documentary test-sessions and movie buff nerd-out sessions. Don't like what's on? Rent the space and screen something yourself. Melbourne.

The Rum Diary Bar

Every Monday and Tuesday over winter this brand new house of fine rums and fancy jaffles will be doing back-to-back screenings of loosely related cult classics (same lead actor, same direct, et cetera.). They'll also be serving antipasto plates, caramel popcorn and cinema highballs – that's butter popcorn-infused rum charged with coke. Fitzroy.

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First published on 19 Oct 2011. Updated on 21 Mar 2014.

By Una Cruickshank   |  
 

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