Well well, Ladies Lounges are still around, in York Street, South Melbourne at least.
'Gentlemen are only permitted to enter in the company of a lady.'
No decent woman would be seen dead in such a place, declared my maternal grandmother.
My paternal grandfather's second wife was often to be found in such a place. She was generous to we kiddies, buying us little toys or a raspberry drink in the pub. I liked that instead of a the neutral smell of my other grandmother, she smelt of cigarettes, beer and perfume and wore bright red lipstick.