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Head upstairs and perch on a bar stool for beers and beats. On the menu, Polish frankenfurter cooked in a beer and sauerkraut broth.


Shandong Mama

Try the mackerel and 'Melbourne' dumplings at this humble family-run dumpling house specialising in cuisine from China's Shandong province.


New Gold Mountain

Take a measure of 1920s Hong Kong glamour, mix with two parts opium den, shake it all up, and you get this very decadent boudoir-like laneway bar.


China Red

Touch-screen ordering and marine-animal-shaped dumplings – if the great food doesn't draw you into this HuTong off-shoot, the novelty value surely will.


The Croft Institute

Launched when hidden laneway bars where still hard to find, the Croft offers a clinical approach to partying, kitted out like an eerie hospital.

Live music

Ding Dong Lounge

Lose track of time and space on a night out at this Melbourne rock institution, home to live music, indie club nights and down home cookin'.


Flower Drum

Create a special occasion so you can head to Flower Drum for novel Cantonese fare that garnered two more hats in the Good Food Guide.


Double Happiness

Get double the happiness thanks to Chinese-themed fun, like Chairman Mao decor, bubble tea cocktails, dumplings and Kung Fu movie nights.


Section 8

More than two shipping containers in a car park, Section 8 is where locals go for unpretentious drinks and delectable audio offerings.



Line up on bench seats at communal dining tables at Longrain and tuck into aromatic Thai sharing plates that have become a Melbourne dining staple.


Berlin Bar

Choose a side in this hard-to-find bar divided to represent East and West Berlin: spartan and functional or chintzy jazz age kitsch. You decide.


Miss Katie's Crab Shack

Let the feast begin at Miss Katie's Crab Shack, where every meal is a celebration and excess consumption of market-fresh crabs is actively encouraged.


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