Bars and Nightclubs
Fitzroy, Melbourne

Rust Cocktail Lounge

Level 1, 325 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, VIC
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Tucked away upstairs bar that’ll appeal to those that like things a little bit opulent and candlelit. Modern couches and cruisey cocktails are the order of the day here, with table service offered for those that can’t tear themselves away from their lounge suite. Rust’s music tends to be hip hop style, and snacks are of a Malaysian variety.

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Rust Cocktail Lounge Review

Review By Verity Trott

A small door off busy Brunswick Street offers an entrance to a narrow staircase that leads to an intimate bar called Rust. 2-4-1 cocktails and drinks on Thursday and Friday nights along with free entry makes this the place to head for pre-drinks as well as catering for group events and the more private hangouts. Swamped in low sinking mismatched couches Rust captures the epitome of relaxation. Sipping on two Long Island Iced Teas, our bodies melt into the couches, merging and intertwining with the cushions.

This bar is a prime example of why Melbourne’s nightlife is famous for its romantic secrecy and seductiveness. Hidden in one of Fitzroy’s many nooks and crannies, Rust is sheltered from the wild crowds and is rarely accidentally stumbled upon. Located on Brunswick Street near the corner of Johnston Street, trams are frequently stopping past from the city central making navigation fairly straightforward. However it is best to keep a watchful eye for the sign painted vertically on the doorframe since the narrow passage to this wondrous bar is easily overlooked.

Loud and bubbly chatter gradually transforms into a low murmur of giggles and gossip underneath the popular hip-hop remixes. The music is loud and upbeat enough to maintain a sense of excitement despite the overwhelming drowsiness created by the warm glow of the dimmed, low-hanging lamps. Deep, shades of red and orange radiating from the softened lamps replicate a candlelit atmosphere, assisting in establishing an intimate environment.

The bar is tucked away in the far corner of the venue, however friendly and helpful service efficiently ascertains that drinks are plentiful. Thick, red curtains drape across a doorway that leads to a smaller room, which is entirely made up of well-loved couches that are occupied by groups of early 20s and late teens. Casual clothes are common, although dressier girls flutter in and out early in the night before moving on to populate a more dance-orientated venue.

Open from 8:30pm Thurs-Sat Rust is the bar to hit up if you desire sedation to the extreme. With its 2-4-1 drink specials and infinite couches sprawled across the entire venue, relaxation is beyond temptation; a tranquil repose is guaranteed.

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A 2nd Review of Rust Cocktail Lounge

Review By Lana Wilson

Rust Cocktail Lounge in one phrase? Filthily sophisticated. With a dark staircase deceivingly inserted between two main street restraints, this place is a real gem.

All the boxes of urban bohemia are ticked at Rust – old dusty chandeliers? Check. Vintage, ripped leather couches? Check. Carpet so sticky that when you lift your leg, your foot comes out of your shoe? Check.

Dark, moody and badly lit, this bar is perfect for cozy nights out with friends, lovers or even complete strangers. Rust specialises in thoughtfully concocted cocktails, and the sticky fingerprint laminated menu book boasts around fifty or so delicious and dirty drinks to suit every tastebud. The ‘Apple Mule’ martini is a refreshing sip that manages the perfect balance between fizz and juice, while an electric pink coloured ‘Sex on the Beach’ always has the girls giggling.

If your after a drunken adventure ASAP, and can skilfully unstick page 3 of the menu, pay attention to the right hand column – all cocktails are rated in terms of alcohol intensity, and the more mini martini glasses that feature on the line, the higher the alcohol content, which means the faster you will get giggly… And when at Rust, we all end up leaving just a little bit giggly.

Keeping in check with the grand decor, one beverage that is served best shared is the coveted Long Island iced tea. The mish mash of vodka, tequila, gin, rum and coke comes in a quaint white teapot, with 2-3 accompanying shot glasses. Just like a doctor’s prescription, it is advised you pour quietly and consume quickly, remembering to raise that little pinky finger.

The staff at rust seem softly spoken and take the time to execute your drink to a minimum level of perfection, even during busy periods. While you may be waiting a few minutes longer here than your average bar, you can at least devour your ‘Blowjob’ in a satisfied manner, knowing that a little bit of love has been used.

Further on the filthy element, Rust certainly knows how to keep the horny happy. A whole page of the menu is dedicated to some of Melbourne’s most raunchy cocktails. Feeling frisky? A ‘Wet Pussy’ should be on the cards. A little generous? ‘Cum in my Mouth’ is for you.

However, don’t let the names of these drinks freak you out though – quite possibly more disgusting is the toilet facilities. Black filth in corners, wonky working taps and a cigarette burnt toilet seat teamed with a lack of toilet tissue makes “breaking the seal” an idiotic act of weakness. On several occasions patrons have been forced to ask staff for toilet paper. Perhaps the volume of drinks to the volume of toilet bowls fail, but it is best advised to BYO paper if you’re desperate.

Tunes and grooves manage to get the tick of approval at Rust, which cover electronic commercial pop, hip-hop and party beats, which zone the background and break awkward ices when meeting.

Rust Cocktail Lounge – Dirty? Yes. Filthy? Yes. Cheap? Oh yes! Great Fun? Hell Yes!!! Get happy with 2-for-1 cocktails on Friday nights – But don’t forget the stainless steel, non stick shoe caps!

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