Cherry Bar to farewell AC/DC Lane after 20 years

In 2012, it was reported Lady Gaga and her entourage were celebrating in Melbourne at the Northcote Social Club, after being refused entry to Cherry Bar, which honoured a booking to a Mildura-band that night. 

Ending a 20 year era, live music venue Cherry Bar will cease trading from its understated site in AC/DC Lane this weekend.

The popular rock venue – which Oasis co-lead vocalist Noel Gallagher reportedly once offered to buy during a 2002 tour – is set to reopen elsewhere in Melbourne, though relocation details have not yet been disclosed.

Cherry Bar co-owner James Young revealed in January that he had failed to secure a long-term tenancy for the existing premises.

Mr Young took over the venue, in the shadow of landmark office building 101 Collins Street, 13 years ago.

For five years after Cherry Bar opened in 1999, the road it was on was named Corporation Lane.

In a statement, Mr Young said “it is my intention to take the name, the staff and the sticky carpet to a new Melbourne address with a long lease and a safe and secure future for live local music and late night rock and roll revelry”.

It was reported two months ago that Mr Young was in negotiations with ten “future homes”.

The Cherry Bar space on AC/DC Lane has been leased to Eve nightclub owners, brothers Nick and Daniel Russian, who will reopen it as a new venture.

Elsewhere in the Melbourne CBD, underground dance club Lounge is set to vacate the 243 Swanston Street premises it has rented for nearly three decades, allowing the site to be redeveloped.

Lounge is hosting a series called 29 Parties For 29 Years ahead of its final night of trading in mid-April.

“As Lounge has bought so much joy to so many people over such a long period of time, we aim for this period to be a series of celebrations, rather than a funeral,” a statement from the owners said.

Lounge has hosted acts including the late Jeff Buckley and Gil Scott-Heron.

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