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This Commercial Road bar comes good

Bars and clubs in Queer Melbourne come and go; sometimes with a bang, sometimes with a whimper, and sometimes they just quietly morph into something new. And that’s what’s happened down at 119 Commercial Road in South Yarra.

The erstwhile site of the XChange Hotel for many years before that went horribly wrong, it hosted DnM Club for a while, until November last year, when it became Kama Bar, and has been steadily building its crowd, and profile.

Along with the new name came a makeover and a more inviting atmosphere, thanks to owner Roz Meadows. It’s still (thankfully) a queer club, keeping gay boys and girls in mind without alienating the Not-We. The DJs favour electro house and top 40 tunes (depending on the night, and the hour), and there’s a mix of old and new shows.

Tuesday nights is Eyes Down Drag Bingo with Slash Darling and her barrel girl Glitzy Minge; Wednesday is Pub Night with Happy Hour between 5 and 9pm; Glitzy Minge hosts Twisted Thursday, and Snatch Fridays stars the Sisters of Sequin, Nova China, Sasha Fagg and Jacqui Meoff. Saturday night is all about resident drag performer Lady Swaggah and The Bratz dancers and eye candy, and this RnB night is really pulling the crowds in. And on the weekends, it’s free entry before 10pm.

Good Kama (sic) is what it’s all about, and with the recent disappearance of many queer businesses from this one-time gay strip, it’s more than welcome.

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Updated on 13 May 2014.

By Tim Hunter   |  

Kama Bar details

119 Commercial Rd, South Yarra 3141

Telephone 03 9804 5771

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Open Mon-Wed 5pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 5pm-3am; Sun 5pm-midnight

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