Chez Régine

Chez Regine

270 Russell Street


0420 309 660


Open Thursday through Saturday Chez Régine is inspired by the Parisian singer and ‘Queen of the Night’ Régine Zylberburg. During the 1950s Régine – as she was commonly called – invented the format for the modern-day ‘discothèque’ by dispensing with the jukebox and coupling together two turntables for the first time.

Owner Brooke Hayman might be too young to remember who she is “but she revolutionised nightlife worldwide last century and deserves the homage paid to her in the naming of Chez Régine.”

This petit bar offers a street front view allowing customers to observe metropolitan Melbourne nightlife reminiscent of European style aperitif bars. The bar offers a suggestive menu for food and beverage matching such as frozen Johnny Walker Gold with an accompanying side of anise and honey dark chocolate.

The number one cocktail at this joint is the Coco-a-GoGo named after Régine’s Whisky a GoGo dance club that she managed at age 24. The drink is served in a long stemmed brandy balloon, with espresso, Cabernet Sauvignon, vodka, fig jam, and dark chocolate liqueur served with a side of fresh fig and dried fruits. It’s recommended that you enjoy this drink with one of Chez Régine’s soft a soft French cheeses such Moule a la Louche.

Background jazz and funk provide ambience and in support of the thriving Melbourne arts community, Chez Regine invites performance and visual artists, to use the space for exhibitions.

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