So if you’ve been living in Melbourne for a while, you’ve probably heard of outrageous tiki bar, The LuWOW. And if you haven’t, well consider your weekend planned.
Other than literally putting the WOW in Luau, this bar is doing a lot of things right. A lot of nightspots claim to be “different”, but this one that definitely delivers. Wander in here unintentionally one winter evening and you might easily forget you’re in Melbourne. From the over-the-top decor to the embellished cocktails, this is the kind of place you take a lot of pictures.
The atmosphere is fun (how couldn’t it be) and the patrons are friendly (difficult to be obnoxious at a tiki bar). But let’s get down to one of the main reasons people come here – the cocktails. So, The LuWOW is not particularly a budget venue, you can walk in free before 8pm but there is a cover charge afterwards. Cocktails will set you back typically between $15-$25, with everything being rum based to keep with the trend.
I had the Gruesome Grog, three different kinds of rum and a floating eyeball (!) But, my favourite was the coconutty Lava Flow. Expect a little finger puppet or Hula Lady to go with your generously portioned cocktails.
The LuWOW is separated into two venues, the bar at the front called “The Island Village” which is open Wednesday through to Saturday. With its private ‘huts’ and table service (no fighting to get the bartender’s attention!) it’s perfect if you want to have a few drinks before you get into the swing of things.
“The Forbidden Temple” opens up only on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm, with its own bar, dance floor, stage and army of go-go dancers. There are live acts as well as a DJ, so be sure to check the website for details on entertainment.
If you’re looking for something eccentric and quirky, The LuWOW is worth a try. check out their website here.
Address- 62-70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Trading days- Wed to Sat (with The Forbidden Temple open only Fri-Sat)
Opening hours- 5pm til late
Entry is free before 8pm, a drink can set you back about $15-$25. The entire menu can be found here.