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Matt Bax is back and he’s raising Der Raum from the dead (sort of)

To be fair, Der Raum never really closed. Matt Bax just took his internationally acclaimed cocktail bar on an extended vacation to Munich, Germany, where it traded as Gamsei, taking out a swag of German awards for best cocktail list and design. Meanwhile, back on the Der Raum site in Richmond, Bax's rum brothel Bar Economico has been the good times going, slinging tinnies of Tecate and $11 Mojitos for just over a year.

But Bax returned to Australia a while ago, and we’ve been waiting for him to make a move ever since. And now, it's happening. In late spring Bax will open Bar Exuberante: a cocktail bar inside the still-functioning Bar Economico.

“Think of the new bar as the private cocktail lounge for the well-heeled jet set," says Bax, "with Bar Economico remaining the local's public bar."

Bax is working on the renovations with Ravi Avasti who also worked on Der Raum, Bar Americano and Bar Economico and he will also be getting back behind the stick, heading up the bar with a few of his crew from Bar Americano.

Expect weird surprises and "the return of Der Raum's most famous cocktails like the +/- Pina Colada”, according to Bax.

First published on . Updated on .

By Gemima Cody   |   Photos by Jann Averwerser

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438 Church St, Richmond 3121

Nearby Stations: East Richmond

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