Set across level two of Kinselas, Lo-Fi sits snugly between Johnny Wong's Dumpling Bar and The Standard. Formerly Middle Bar, Lo-Fi's been around a few years now, but still manages to hit the mark with its warehouse feel, solid drinks list and lovely balcony, which allows views out over the never-dull parade of people shuffling past Gilligan's Island.
Lo-Fi is quite a large space. It's also an odd shape, with a great big bar sitting centre stage. The vibe is industrial and the tones extremely dark. There's high tables and stools scattered near the bar, while out back there's a number of plush couches and nooks and crannies to hide in. It's the balcony that makes a trip to Lo-Fi worth it though. It's nothing flashy, just a terrace decorated with coloured light bulbs and some highly sought-after tables and chairs. But it's an ideal spot for a tipple come summer.
At the bar, there's Coopers and Asahi on tap, a solid wine list and a cocktail list that runs over several pages. A Sazerac will transport you to New Orleans with its combination of rye, cognac, bitters, sugar and absinthe. The Southside is an unassuming mix of gin, lime, mint and simple syrup, but it sure does hit the spot, especially when it's balmy outside.
Whatever you're drinking, you'll soon realise that Lo-Fi is a beaut. It attracts an extremely diverse crowd and everybody seems hell bent on having a good time. It was always a fun spot, even before The Standard opened above and Johnny Wong's opened below. But now there's all the more reason to pay it a visit.