Lounge operator rents former S&M venue for 24-hour nightclub

The Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane.

Carlo Colosimo, the owner of popular Melbourne nightclub Lounge, which closed in April after 29 years, has rented a notorious former sadism and masochism venue for his next hospitality venue.

Colour will trade from the ex-Hellfire Club building at 229 Queensberry Street in Carlton – one block north of the Melbourne CBD.

The c1835 double storey former church site has a 300-person seat capacity and license to trade 24-hours a day (excluding 7am to 10am on Sundays).,

Mr Colosimo will open Colour on October 3 with Ben Rausa and Liam Alexander – who are behind summer festival Something Unlimited.

Colour is being fit out to allow for live music, with a bar and band room operating from Tuesday to Thursday, according to this www.broadsheet.com.au item.

The business will replace another nightclub, Yours and Mine, which opened mid last year.

Illusion nightclub has also been previously based at the site.

The Parkville train station, part of the $11 billion Metro Rail Project, is in the immediate vicinity of the building.

Six months ago we reported that Cherry Bar on AC/DC Lane, in the shadow of the 101 Collins Street skyscraper, was closing after 20 years.

Lounge quit 234 Swanston Street reportedly so its owner could push through a redevelopment proposal.

However earlier this year another nightclub, Radar, rented Lounge’s ex-CBD space.

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Marc Pallisco

A freelance property analyst and journalist, Marc is a co-founder of realestatesource.com.au.

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