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Mandala Festival Lounge and Wine Bar

The Forum Theatre lights up daily during MIFF as the Mandala Festival Lounge and Wine Bar. Pop in for a coffee by Profile Coffee, make it your one-stop festival food destination – there will be daily specials from Huxtable and Mister Close – or stay for a glass of Mandala wine as we celebrate Melbourne's winter nights inside the historic main theatre.

Free wi-fi and internet facilities also available.

View the Lounge Menu.

Forum Theatre, 154 Flinders Street (corner of Flinders and Russell streets)

Opening Hours

Monday–Friday: 4pm–late
Saturdays: midday–7pm
Sundays: midday–late


Huxtable and Mister Close will be providing food daily, including salads, sandwiches, dhal and sweet delights. Head down to the Forum for daily food specials.


Meet Zach from Profile Coffee. He will be brewing MIFF's best espresso coffee daily, so drop in and say hi to get your caffeine fix.


Direct from the Yarra Valley, Mandala Wines will be available to quench your thirst. If wine isn’t your thing, Cerveza Aguila beer might hit the spot.


Looking to take a short break between films? We have many reading options available for you to read in the lounge, including daily copies of The Age so you can catch up on the news and latest film reviews, as well as some independent magazines including The Lifted Brow, The Canary Press, Going Down Swinging and Filmme Fatales.


Send us your playlists! We'd love to hear your film-themed and atmospheric playlists via Spotify. We'll play our favourites in the Mandala Festival Lounge & Wine Bar during the festival!

How to send us your playlist: Follow MIFF on Spotify @melbintfilmfest. Create, and then share your festival playlist with us. It's that easy.

Special Events

Notes on Nick Cave

6 August, 8.15pm

DJ Fee B-Squared spins only Nick Cave beats.

Meet Me at MIFF

Various dates

Filmbuff speed dating is back for the third year!

Sounds Like Cambodia

10 August, 6.30pm

Cambodian-born DJ Srey Channthy plays the best Cambodian music.


10 August, 9pm

A night of song and conversation with Jalanan cast & crew.

Ping Pong Tournament

11 August, 8pm

A showdown in recognition of the Next Gen film Ping Pong Summer.

Golden Era of Hip-Hop

12 August, 8:30pm

Join DJ Mz Rizk in our unofficial afterparty for Time Is Illmatic.

Jets & Ammo

15 August, 11pm

Jets & Ammo loop their way through a set inspired by Backbeat.

The Journeymen Quartet

16 August, 3pm

The Journeymen Quartet celebrate the music of Keep On Keepin' On.