376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC
03 9419 8600
Bimbo Deluxe opened in 2002 with the concept of offering cheap pizza and great music in a quirky atmosphere. 10 years on and thankfully it’s remained true to its original mission statement.
Don’t be fooled by its dilapidated exterior, adorned with an oversized cupie doll, or its rustic vibe; the mis-matched couches and random furnishings are at the core of Bimbo’s artistic character. The service here is friendly and professional and the eccentric clientele are merely channelling the flea-market bohemia of Brunswick Street’s recent past.
Owned by Colonial Leisure Group, it has been managed by Josh Leeman for two and a half years with his understanding of Melbourne being “a place where one can drink a world class coffee in the morning, enjoy a myriad of locally brewed craft beers in the afternoon and quietly consume an extraordinary cocktail by night” integral to the buzzing atmosphere at Bimbo. Head chef, Sujan Tamrakar, lends his formal training in classic Asian-inspired cuisine to the menu with their huge range of mouth watering pizzas and hotdogs served for the somewhat insane price of $4 at the centre of Bimbo Deluxe’s popularity. Having recently introduced the finest gluten free pizza bases to ever grace a pizza tray, Sujan and the kitchen team have also become a favourite of the ever-growing coeliac community.
Before taking on its current form, the building used to house ‘The Punters Club’, an iconic institution of the Melbourne live music landscape. When forced to close due to declining business in 2001, the general consensus was that nothing could ever take its place. Whilst Bimbo Deluxe never sought to step on the toes of the previous incarnation, it certainly did fill the Punters Club’s shoes as the iconic locale of Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
Bimbo’s fully stocked bar with its huge range of craft beers, wine and spirits is always popular, but their house-infused vodka flavours are of particular interest. They can also lay claim to having the best rooftop courtyard north of the Yarra and it’s not uncommon to see some of Melbourne’s finest vinyl pushers spinning up there on a warm summer’s day.
Speaking of DJs, central to Bimbo’s character is its premium sound system and all-round club atmosphere where music styles range from soul, funk, hiphop, deep house, minimal and everything in between. DJs can be seen behind the wheels of steel from Tuesday to Sunday and of course it’s always free and always fun. On Monday nights the DJs have a night off and you and your iPhone get to choose the music with their jukebox-from-your-couch system “iBimbo”. All you need is an iPhone, a thumb and a thirst for good music.