Love & Dysfunction is inconspicuously positioned on Grey St near the corner of Inkerman/Barkly St, just far enough not to be inundated with backpackers and suburban bar tourists. So take a short walk from the bright lights of St Kilda’s Fitzroy and Acland streets to bask in its warm glow. The venue brings fine drinking, without the pretence, to Melbourne’s bayside precinct and serves vintage cocktails with a twist in a laid back environment flooded with electro swing and 1920s vibes.
The entire front bar draws on its quintessential St Kilda vintage, with retro phones and cut glass decanters complementing ornate led-lit windows and the building’s early 20th Century heritage. Work your way through this dimly lit, prohibition-style bar to find relaxed chesterfield couches against an Art Deco inspired mural. Or move on through to the secluded beer garden one of very few in St Kilda. The small fuly equipped commercial kitchen is on the lower lever past the lounge. Upstairs there is plenty of storage space that many years ago woudl have been a two bedroom flat.
The venue has an on premises licence until 1am with a capacity of 94. There are 10 years left on the lease made up of 5+5 with rent coming in at less than $1500 a week including GST. There are no lease or equipment contracts in place.
The venue suits those who want to run their own bar in a comfortable environment, both those new to the industry and those that have been around a bit but want to slow down because all the hard work has been done. Love & Dysfunction fills a void in St Kilda’s drinking options: a late night cocktail bar geared toward the local crowd. The vendor is looking for only $20,000 plus stock to cover the cost of moving out. This is an incredible opportunity to walk in and take over a venue for a next to nothing.