Wax Bar is an intimate vinyl bar that offers DJs, disco balls, and tropical cocktails in the east end. With a focus on the music, it’s a place for those who want to boogie into the late (or early) hours without hitting the clubs. It takes inspiration from Melbourne’s 3000-record hi-fi bar Music Room, where patrons come for the records as much as they do the drinks.
With around 800 disco, funk, soul and house records sitting in a gorgeous African mahogany cabinet, and complete with a DJ booth, a pink terrazzo counter, and two curved red partitions with arched cut-outs (to create a more intimate dance floor), Wax Bar’s aesthetic is minimal by design. And this extends to its cocktail offering, too.
The drinks menu is split into “side one” (the classics) and “side two” (bonus tracks) – the latter inspired by the flavours found downstairs with a selection of tropical drinks including a Lychee Long Island, a Mango Daiquiri, a Watermelon Paloma, and a Tropical Caprioska. Grab one and settle into one of the brown leather booths inside, or head out to the balcony overlooking Rundle Street. There’s also house wine and canned beers.
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