The places that are so totally bad, they’re actually awesome! You know what we’re talking about.…
Choking Kills is the latest and greatest extension to one of our fave cocktails bars, Smoking Kills in Melville. The new red room – or should we say redrum – is inspired by underground European nightclubs and DJ rooms.
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Although Choking Kills can’t be more than 10 metres away from the door that opens onto an airy street, it indeed succeeds in creating that underground club atmosphere. Perhaps it’s the low lighting and vermillion walls that contribute to the intended claustrophobia? Whatever it is, it’s safe to say that it’s delivering in terms of vibe. If you’ve ever visited Smoking Kills on a Saturday night, you know that seating can be a big issue in the intimate bar, but Choking Kills has the solution to this, even if it’s in the form of a seedy-looking couch.
Not only is Choking Kills a practical addition, it’s also upped the ante of Smoking Kills by taking it from a chilled drinking spot to a must-visit nightclub. The renovation has given rise to a DJ booth that’s has been used by the likes of Kerry-Anne Allerston and Nathan Summers, which means that there are live DJ sets every weekend. Plus, there’s more room for dancing.
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Even though the new space is quite different from the 90s nostalgia of Smoking Kills, it carries its signature style through quirky and politically oriented wall art and neon signs. Most importantly, you can still enjoy the same rum-based cocktails that you know and love, such as The Chronicles of Banana Man and Not a Piña Colada. Winning!
78A 4th Avenue, Melville
071 346 8804
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