Level 1 Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000
Sun-Thu 12pm – 1am
The flexible hue of Cookie can be molded to one’s need, from its laid back charm, soaking in the rays of the afternoon sun to then tripping over the light fantastic as the DJ’s warm up the room, the music cohesively blending with the aromatic spices that hang in the air.
The walls are adorned with murals and artwork from Melbourne artists including Beci Orpin, Misha Hollenbach and Monika Ippoliti.
The popular ‘kiss wall’ eventuated of it’s own accord and is now covered with scores of lipstick kisses amassed over the years.
The building has retained the atmosphere of its notorious past (previous tenants being the Labor & Communist Party) but at the core of all this, Cookie is multidimensional, bringing together many seemingly disparate elements into a cohesive environment
The street entrance gives little away, but having climbed the marble staircase, a stenciled brown-papered door is propped open leading you into a vast space with soaring ceilings. What was once the parquet flooring has now been transformed from its derelict past to form dividing walls and the bookcase element to the bar.
Apart from exotic bottles of indulgence this scene is counter balanced by rows of encyclopedias and books harkening to our more innocent days. Huge picture frame glass doors flood the room with sunlight, opening out onto Juliet balconies overlooking Melbourne’s bustling Swanston St with sweeping views of the city skyline.