Since the Lounge opened in 2010, Enmore Road has seen the arrival of Bar Racuda
and the Midnight Special
, whose charms are more immediately apparent. Peeking into the Lounge as you pass it by, you might think the red curtains lining the entrance make it look like an RSL club done up for a year 12 formal. Fortunately, though, the Green Room Lounge is more than the sum of its parts.
The aforementioned red curtains give way to a large room with classic black and white films being projected onto the rear wall. It looks a little empty, like an under-stocked Ikea showroom. This is presumably less of a problem when all the seating is pushed to one end of the room a couple of nights a week for live rock or disco dancing.
You'll be greeted with a friendly smile and a cocktail list peppered with names like the Hitchcock and the Lights! Camera! Action! – it would seem that owners Tandarra Rothman and Melanie Spencer are a couple of film buffs. You can see personal touches like this throughout the venue which, along with the mismatched retro furniture, give it a very homey feel.
You might enjoy a well-mixed Caprioska, or order yourself a Rosemary's Baby. This delicious house special is made with vodka, rosemary syrup and pear purée, and tastes a little like a tarte Tatin in liquid form. There are limited bar snacks on offer – just a bowl of olives or a selection of cheeses. The full cheese platter is very generous, with thick wedges of triple brie, cheddar and blue (all from Victorian artisan producers), plus plenty of crackers and accompaniments.
It may not be the hippest joint on the strip any more, but if you’re after a place where you don’t have to shout over the music and are greeted at the bar like a friend instead of a nuisance, the Green Room Lounge is as good a place as any.