Like many other Melburnians will tell you, Baroq was the place to be seen on the weekends. I remember having some of my best Fridays there – ah, the memories. (Okay, let’s be honest: the blurred memories, the sweaty hair, the Swanston St maccas runs, coming home reeking of cigarette smoke – hey, it was 2007 and you could roll up a ciggie right there on the dancefloor.)
And just like many other Melburnians, when the doors of Baroq closed for two years due to major renovations, I was a little sad. So, when I was invited by AMPR to attend the grand reopening of Baroq last Thursday, I couldn’t have been more excited. A sneak peek to revisit one of my favourite clubs before it was open to the public? Sure, why not!
Baroq has always had a reputation for being a venue that brings luxury, opulence, and class – and let me tell you that the renovation does not disappoint. With an estimated spend of close to $5 million, the gritty 17th century-inspired décor has been replaced with opulent swirls of purples and golds, elegant chandeliers, marble surfaces, glass walls, plush carpet, and soft finishings. You’ll really have to see it to believe it.
Other notable differences:
· The one and a half metre retaining wall on the bottom floor has been removed
· A very open plan design
· Four bars
· More VIP areas and private booths
· Discreet outdoor smoking section
· Separate cloak room
You might go on a mad hunt to find the toilets though. For the regulars, it’s in the same spot… just hidden.
I am so excited for a new generation of club goers to walk through the doors of Baroq. Enjoy some pics below.
For those who haven’t had the chance to experience Baroq, you’re in for a treat. I would highly recommend booking your next function there for a glamorous night out with the girls. For more information on function options, visit the link here
Special thanks to AMPR for inviting me.