Back in 1998, a young Billy Walsh (the former drummer of Melbourne rockers Cosmic Psychos) conceived a bar idea after one-too-many margaritas at CBGB’s.
A bar where musicians came to hang out and hoped that the DJs might play their record. A place where the DJs had very large record collections (duh) and it was always all about the music.
Liam Gallagher demanded that they sell the bar to him. Billy’s mum Janet Walsh was introduced into the mix as a secret weapon. Thom Yorke described her homemade sausage rolls as heavenly at a Radiohead end of world tour party.
Dan Auerbach helped out behind the bar on a particularly busy Saturday night. The Melvins played two shows in one day and ripped the bar another arsehole.
J Mascis and Mike Watt played Stooges covers. Watt got the Stooges to reform the following year, with him on bass. Chris Cester wrote Rollover DJ about the bar. Billy played the bar several times and was so proud to have been a part of it: ‘it’ is Cherry Bar.
Fast forward to 2012 and a more grown up Billy Walsh was doing it all over again with the renovated and rebooted Ding Dong Lounge, which was previously known as Melbourne’s underground & alternative rock’n roll bar that delivered live eclectic local, national & international rock, hip-hop & electro.
Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Melbourne, Ding Dong has already hosted the likes of The Melvins, Silversun Pickups, The White Stripes, Plan B, The Kills, Peaches, Mike Patton, Ariel Pink, Death From Above 1979, Supersuckers, The Ting Tings and locals Wolfmother, The Living End, Rowland S Howard, Children Collide, Shihad, Phrase, Little Red, The Grates just to name a few.
The new Ding Dong has been completely reinvented from top to bottom but has stayed true to its underground roots. The throbbing red neon sign will draw Melbourne’s musically-enlightened like moths to a flame, down our dark alleyway, and up those stairs.
Afterparties and groups are welcome – just give us a call beforehand on 03 9514 4599.
Capacity: 400 people
Booker: Jacob Martin
Bandroom Opening Hours
Wednesday: 9pm - late
Thursday: 9pm - late
Friday: 9pm - late
Saturday: 9pm - late
Kitchen Opening Hours
Tuesday: 5pm - 10pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 10pm
Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday: 5pm - 10pm
Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
Level 1, 18 Market Lane
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Monday - Friday, 9am - 5.30pm
(03) 9514 4599