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The Underground Experiment Opens in Collingwood


The whispers you have heard are true... Under the ground floor of the enchanting old Cromarty’s building on the corner of Smith and Otter Streets in Collingwood sits a mythical, constantly evolving experimental bar space the likes of which Melbourne has never seen.
Some weeks after the launch of The Noble Experiment, the team behind the innovative 1920s prohibition style bar have unveiled the next evolution of the Smith Street, Collingwood venue; The Underground Experiment.
Periodically, the underground bar will completely transform into a new incarnation, adopting cutting edge global trends from bars across the world. In its first incarnation, The Underground Experiment will embody the spirit of colourful cocktail bars from the 80’s and early 90’s, featuring modern takes on old favourites.
The Barmy Barkeep from Birmingham, Linus Schaxmann, has overseen the creation of the cocktails, the menu and the aesthetic of the room. He said “there is a global trend toward this style of bar, where cocktails from this era are being reworked. We have chosen to take some old favourites and changed them up a bit.”
Featuring on the menu will be a Sex on the Beach, with edible sand and Chambord caviar, and a Blue Lagoon complete with a swimming fish. “Cocktails should be fun, and we have created somewhere to gather your friends, hire a booth, enjoy some cocktails and kick back with some great music from the 80’s and 90’s,” Schaxmann continued.
Owners Daniel and Kristin Lemura had previously used the space for functions and events, but developed the idea with Linus to convert the room into something special. “We love the idea of a dedicated bar in the basement space. The renovations mean we can hold 120 people, and the cocktail list that Linus has put together is going to be a great deal of fun,” Daniel said.
The Underground Experiment is at 284 Smith Street, Collingwood and will open Friday and Saturday evenings from June 13.