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Double Deuce Lounge Is the New '70s Porn Chic' Underground Bar by the Ramblin' Rascal Crew

Walk down the illuminated stairs to stroke the furry wall, drink a 'Jungle Boogie' and listen to Curtis Mayfield.
By Samantha Teague
July 10, 2019
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Double Deuce Lounge Is the New '70s Porn Chic' Underground Bar by the Ramblin' Rascal Crew

Walk down the illuminated stairs to stroke the furry wall, drink a 'Jungle Boogie' and listen to Curtis Mayfield.
By Samantha Teague
July 10, 2019
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Despite taking its name from a raucous, rundown pub in the Patrick Swayze-starring 80s flick Road House, Double Deuce Lounge isn't a dive bar. Instead, the newest CBD drinking hole from the Ramblin' Rascal team is a refined cocktail lounge with a touch of '70s porn chic'.

"What is 70s porn chic?", we hear you say. Well, don't expect to find Ron Jeremy lounging in one of the burgundy leather booths — but do expect loud geometric 70s wallpaper, a two-person booth with a furry wall and a cocktail list that arrives in a Deep Throat-esque VHS cover. You'll also find the bar's owners, Charlie Lehmann, Sebastian Soto and Dardan Shervashidze, suitably on theme, decked out in safari suits and furry vests.

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For the trio's latest venture, the team is shaking and stirring ten signature cocktails (all $20), which travel from the tangy and refreshing yuzu margarita and minty Stinger (with lots of Fernet and Cognac) to the cold brew-spiked Discretionary, the Jungle Boogie — with cacao, rhubarb and Campari — and a super-fancy take on a gin and soda dubbed Trouble Man.

As you may've noticed, these cocktail names reference a heap of 70s films and soundtracks, which are also reflected in the posters on the walls — Jackie Brown, Coffy, Prince and Mick Jagger — and the music. Expect to hear the likes of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield and Bobby Womack on heavy rotation.

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While the cocktails are proverbially stuck in the 70s, the wines and beers are very much 2019. Co-owner of Newtown's P&V Wine and Liquor Mike Bennie has pulled together an extended list of fun and funky drops.

You can throw back a couple of Garage Project's Salted White Peach Sour numbers (they're only 2.9 percent ABV and super tasty), order a bottle of Blind Unicorn pét-nat for a very reasonable $60 or go big with a milk stout from Marrickville's Batch and a shot of 'Deuce Juice' (Jim Beam).

At the moment, food is mostly limited to complimentary bowls of Goldfish (fish-shaped cheese crackers), but the lease on the two-storey Bridge Street venue has been split, leaving space for a full restaurant upstairs. No one's locked in yet, but we'll let you know when they are.

Find Double Deuce Lounge at 6 Bridge Street, Sydney. It's open from Monday–Wednesday 4pm–midnight and Thursday–Saturday 4pm–2am.

Images: Kimberley Low

Published on July 10, 2019 by Samantha Teague

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