For FeeFee’s owner, hospo-pro-turned-DJ Fiona Meiklejohn, this place is all about “music, booze and a rocking good time.” Sounds bang on for ‘LoJo’, the lower end of Johnston St between Wellington and Hoddle. It’s a beer-soaked, rock n’ grunge strip that thinks acai bowls are a government conspiracy, and FeeFee’s Bar looks like it’s going to fit right in.
“We’ve created a space where whisky shots and a pot of Melbourne sit comfortably beside a Pisco Old Fashioned,” Fiona says. “I want FeeFee’s to be a haven for those who love real music, who wish the cool loucheness of Keith Richards or Jimmy Page circa 1971.”
Louche is a pretty good description of FeeFee’s. The place has a laid back, rocking edge—all red-washed neon and the occasional deer antler. A place where you’d bring a date, party the night away, or wallow with a scotch neat...maybe all in the same week. Fiona modelled the design on famous rock n’ roll haunts like The Rainbow and The Burgundy Room in Hollywood, Le Fanfaron and Red House in Paris, and London’s Crobar.
Behind the bar is Beth Barker, a regular on the Manhattan cocktail scene, dishing up classics with a twist, plus a few original recipes. This week it’s a mix inspired by Twin Peaks, the Bang Bang: bourbon, cognac, sugar syrup, lemon juice and a slice of orange. A citrus sweetie that kicks like a mule. Weekends will feature DJ sets and live music, and there’s a private booth up back (if you want to settle in and make a night of it). Rock on.
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