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Music Room

Melbourne's first dedicated 'listening bar' boasts a 3000-strong vinyl collection and DJ Jnett in the role of Music Director.
By James Shackell
February 23, 2022
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By James Shackell
February 23, 2022
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For lovers of sound, the most exciting offering of four-storey mega-venue HER (from the guys behind Arbory and Arbory Afloat) is Music Room; Melbourne's first official 'listening bar'.

What's a listening bar? Well, it's like a regular cocktail bar, mixed with a speakeasy, mixed with a recording studio and a vinyl record store, mixed with the cool kids' table from high school. With celebrated local DJ Jnett as Music Director, it's serving tunes from a broad array of selectors every night of the week.

Up here, you'll find yourself sipping mandarin Cosmopolitans ($20), Starward-infused Cherry Ripe Sours ($23) or perhaps something from the bumper lineup of champagne, as you kick back listening to exclusive DJ residencies and HER's 3000-strong collection of hard-to-find vinyl.

The space itself is lined with American walnut panels, dotted with small holes to give the feel that you're inside a giant speaker box. You even enter the venue through a sound-locked room; these guys take acoustic fidelity very seriously. DJs will be operating a bespoke KV2 sound system, showcasing three SL1200 Technics Turntables and a custom-built Condesa Allegra XL Rotary Mixer. The short version: the vinyl in here sounds really, really good.

Drink up, chill out and enjoy.

Parker Blain

Images: Parker Blain

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