The start of the year bought with it a wind of a certain famed New York and London private member’s bar launching some sort of Melbourne outpost. But this rumour has blown away in a similar flurry to that which it arrived. But based on these rumours, it is fair to say that the city is ready for a private members bar.

And Der Raum have announced today that they will become just that. Matt Bax and his team have just celebrated their 10 year anniversary and it seems they’ve developed enough of a loyal following to exclude those that aren’t devoted loyalists (sort of).

Under the membership scheme, members will be given a swipe card to allow themselves through the locked door with up to 3 guests at a time. For the rest of us, it’s down to ringing the discreet doorbell and hoping for the best. Should the stools not all be accommodated by paying members, you might find yourself in with a chance. They state that it’s best to call ahead in order to avoid disappointment.

So, for the low yearly price of $250 you can find yourself a member of this exclusive libation library with various benefits that stretch beyond just guaranteed entry through the door. If exclusive spirits at cost price, discounted events and access to the members store aren’t enough, you might get excited by the ‘birthday treat’. Equivalent to 15 full cocktails, this punch of epic proportions is valued at the same price as your yearly membership fee and is redeemable at any time during your ‘birthday week.’ Clearly best to bring along your extended circle on such occasions.

With the impending opening of a CBD based outpost on the horizon, things are only getting better for this ten year old veteran.

For those interested in applying for membership, contact Matthew Rees at for more details.