Sooki Lounge

1648 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave 3160
Opening hours:
Tues 4pm-12am, Wed-Thurs 3pm-12pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-12am

How long have you been operating?

Seven-eight months.


What do you feel is your major attraction?

Many things. We’re a quality live music venue offering acts such as 8-Foot Felix, Cash Savage, The Tiger and Me, The Bearded Gypsy Band and more. We also offer local musicians the chance to ply their trade, as there are many talented and varied acts here in the hills. We are taking the locals and people from afar on a musical journey and exposing them to acts they would not normally get chance to see.


We are also a gallery with exhibitions rotating once a month. Artists’ work can be seen throughout the venue. We specialise in tapas using free range and organic produce, the quality of which is not available here in hills and surrounding suburbs. We specialise as a cocktail bar and also offer craft beer and cider on tap. During the week we always have an event happening, whether it be free belly dancing classes on Tuesday, comedy in our Bookcase Bar downstairs or boutique clothing sales.


What was your favourite show in the last six months and why?

Cash Savage – she was electric and her engagement with the crowd was first class and genuine.


Could you nominate a bartender of the month?

Not really. All the guys have their different areas of expertise, but what’s important to us is that they are all genuine people and that they are allowed to be themselves.


How many nights of live music and entertainment are running at your venue?

Thursday through to Sunday.


How to get there:

Belgrave is the end of the train line. Sooki is a two-minute walk from the station, otherwise straight down Burwood Hwy till you hit Belgrave (only 40 minutes from the city) – your last stop.


Are you available for functions? 

Our Bookcase Bar is available for functions, equipped with a sound system and laser lighting, and can generally host around 80.



Capacity 340, with varied mix of people from all ages.


What are your opening hours?

Tuesday through to Thursday open 5pm till late.

Friday and Saturday open midday till 3am.

Sunday open midday till late.


Cover charge:

Half of our Saturday nights have a small door charge ($10-$15). We put our big acts on a Thursday night (Tim Rogers, Claire Bowditch, The Audreys, Harry Manx, etc.) with door charge generally $25 and up. We have no door charge on the other nights.


Food specials:

Salt & Pepper Pan Fried Australian Calamari. The calamari is mixed in with roquette and chilli sauce salad and is accompanied by our chef’s own cob loaf with herbed butter – a different and balanced way to serve this dish.


Known for:

Being a warm and homely environment for everyone with a festival atmosphere.


Website and contact details:

Ph: (03) 9754 7567


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Sooki Lounge is located at 1648 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave