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Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne

229 Chapel Street
Tel: 61 3 9521 5985's insider take:

A 24-hour weekend license and a hugely eclectic crowd keep this long-running, pretension-free club in everyone's little black book, despite its slightly faded decor. But the roughed-up, retro rock feel complements the live funk, electro, and hip-hop acts; fashion shows; and art events in the cavernous band room. Or play pool and get your groove on with everyone from touring celebs to arty teens in the main bar. Here, aisles double as dance floors, and dozens of '70s-style lounge settings fill the space between. The place is generally jumping from 10 p.m. till well after daybreak on weekends (post-dawn, the bar serves a decent espresso). By day, the volume's turned down and a Thai restaurant opens.

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