According to the proprietors, Ruby's Lounge is "a band venue, bar, club, retreat, library, lost shoe repository, community drop in clinic and epicentre for the nightlife of the hills". It's also an outpost for quality music, drinks and people, nestled at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges and about 40 minutes out of town. As you'll see, it's worth the trip. The actual venue is low-key and charming, a very Melbourne mix of antique lamps, polished wooden floors, vintage furniture and opp-shop antiques. That's the front bar, anyway - all red drapes and dimly lit charm. Behind this you'll find the very popular bandroom. While capacity is a modest 300 people (give or take), Ruby's has built up a reputation for booking credible indie acts, everything from Dallas Frasca and The Gin Club through to Phrase and local hip hop.
The drinks selection isn't mind blowing, but there are plenty of boutique beers on offer, a good slice of top-shelf liquor and a reasonable choice of wines by the glass. Not much in the way of cocktails, but it's not really that sort of venue. Still, if you're out in the far east and looking for a comfortable and friendly bar, Ruby's has a loyal following and comes recommended.
Mikolai, October 2009
March 01, 2012
Whilst I am sure the venue is great it seems one can only enter is you are not LGBT. Seems like Belgrave really is backward and bigoted.