When Bar Open came along with it’s late license many Fitzroy locals embraced their new late night den of debauchery while others envisioned a living hell right on their doorstep. In the end the revellers won. Bar Open is perhaps the closest venue that resembles the grunge element of old Fitzroy. It’s an aspect the developers have tried to quell but have thankfully failed.
Inside, op shop couches and antique lamps that have seen far better days, dim lighting and an eclectic range of artwork (to say the least) all go towards the bohemian ambience. Later in the week, students, musos and those who don’t want to go home just yet pile in and it is no small relief they have a sizable courtyard that handles the overflow beautifully. However, it’s the slew of entertainment that keeps them coming back.
On Mondays it’s film night. Cult classics are screened upstairs amongst more dilapidated couches and local art. Tuesday’s see their famous improv night, the Make It Up Club. Wednesdays is performance poetry night, Babble, and Thursdays through Sundays it’s all about live music.
This place truly is an event on its own. Come in for a drink, catch a gig upstairs, peruse the gallery then continue the party in the beer garden. The staff are friendly and the drinks are reasonably priced. Bar Open is well on its way to becoming at Fitzroy institution.
Rachel Cook, Citysearch