Redux De Lux: Dux Central
Expect the return of languorous, sunny summer arvo sessions in the city following the opening of Dux Central on the 16th of September. Reborn on the old Twisted Hop site in Poplar Lane, Dux De Lux redux Dux Central combines the elements of its much-missed predecessor with a few new aces it has up its sleeve.
The four-bar venue comprises Dux De Lux replacement Brew Bar, an earthy, London-esque craft beer-topia that features a sunny courtyard and timber bar where you’ll find old favourites like Black Shag and Ginger Tom on tap – and they’re just part of a bodacious selection (175 to be exact) of craft beers stocking an expansive, three-storied beer fridge (some top shelf entries crack the $70 mark!).
Next door, swank sophistication reigns supreme at the Emerald Room, where jewel tones, black and gold and slick feature wallpapering all ups the city’s overall wine-bar-glam levels – dress accordingly Cityscapers! You can expect 1920s speakeasy-fuelled cocktails and swagger at neighbouring standalone venue The Poplar Social Club, where a black-tiled bathroom sets the suitably broody scene.Upstairs, the king hit that is Upper Dux provides a funky sun-drenched /after dark space (which can also be booked for private functions). Featuring a deck with serious attitude, it’s lit by huge pendulous light globes.
All three Dux venues share the same gastro-style fare and alongside the aquatarian classics (think mussel fritters, pumpkin and goats’ cheese arancini balls and crab dogs) are a host of new, meatier offerings including duck croquettes, beef empanadas and crispy chicken tacos.
In order to recreate the vibe of old, Dux Central will be introducing chilled sunset DJs from 5pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the Brew Bar courtyard. The music will taper off at 7.30pm, but the fire up again later in the evening upstairs at Upper Dux with a dancier beat.
Roll on summer!
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