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It's a while since we've been here, so we're overdue for a return visit. Murmur is one of Melbourne's coolest laneway bars. The lane it inhabits (Warburton) is only a few metres from Little Bourke but it's set back just far enough that it feels hidden, without feeling like you are going to get lost amongst dumpsters and rats running accross your feet. Originally a coffee warehouse building and heritage-listed, Murmur's focal points are original features such as a trapdoor - fortunately bordered by a fence-like bar, for those of us who only need a few pots to transform into vertiginous idiots - and pretty accessories such as chandeliers - with a giant version hanging over the lane and peeking through the windows - and fresh floral arrangements. Bar staff wear snappy, suspendered uniforms that give the place just enough of a hint of vintage without tipping it into retro cliche territory. The drinks list is impressive, with plenty of fine wines and beers but the cocktail menu is where Murmur really shines. The characterful list includes rotating specials and a vaguely Cuban modus operandi.
To find Ferdydurke one must enter an unassuming Tattersalls Lane side door, scale two flights of steps and bravely stare down the many faces painted on the walls. After all that you'll need a drink ... and Ferdydurke will deliver. The pink-inked drinks' menu reads like an encyclopaedia of classic cocktails. Written in alphabetical order, the range of beverages can be a bit daunting but the knowledgeable staff are more than willing to suggest a cocktail to suit. The menu isn't as simple as you may think, being that Ferdydurke's only serves hot dogs. The Fred Savage, for example, contains frank, tequila-infused salsa, Jalapeños, cheese and sour cream, while the Paul Newman is made up of frank, spicy cream cheese, chilli jam and spring onion. The bar itself is perched at the very top of its building, feeling a bit 'New York loft' with the exposed, re-used scaffolding and floating glass windows. And, in case you were wondering, this unique bar is named after a 1937 surrealist novel by the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Just 'cos. Drinks specials TBC - just working out details but trust me it's gonna be awesome!
A haven of chic, Charlie's Bar brings sophistication and class to Melbourne City's Hardware Lane precinct. Charlie's is a sexy, sophisticated cocktail bar nestled beneath the critically acclaimed Mill Restaurant. Charlie's and the Mill - the perfect amalgamation of eating and drinking over two luxurious levels oozing with character and style. Indulge in dinner upstairs and finish your evening off in style downstairs in Charlie’s Bar. Or - cut to the chase and head straight down to Charlie's. Housed within a converted warehouse of infinite rustic charm, Charlie’s Bar has become a Melbourne Mecca for outstanding cocktails, food, and service. Charlie's boasts exposed brick, dark wood and polished concrete fused with the luxury of soft leather sofas and golden wallpaper Charlie’s will seduce your senses from the very moment your feet hit the stairs and you emerge into the warm glow of the candle lit lounge. Being a person of immaculate taste, Charlie has a penchant for the finer things in life (such as eating and drinking!). With this in mind, Charlie and his team have lovingly put together a cocktail list that reflects a mix of classics alongside some new found favourites, ensuring a wide variety of flavours to sate the appetite of even the most discerning connoisseur. So, whatever your passion - a classic cocktail, a sumptuous cheese plate and a great bottle of red, or perhaps your very own bottle of spirits for the table (complete with complimentary mixers), Charlie wants you to feel at home, so grab a seat, sit back, relax and enjoy…. Come on down to Charlie's - who knows you may even get to meet the man himself! Happy Hour 5-8pm: $5 House beer an cider $7 House Wine $7 Basic sprits
show less Located on the corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Hardware Lane, La La Land in Melbourne has a trendy yet relaxing vibe, with lounges, mood lighting and a long list of drinks. Enjoy funky tunes late into the night. A sea of velour and velvet awaits, with choosing your couch being a distressing predicament. Our personal favourites are the two plain beige ones in the left corner - not as veloury as the others, but like in the Holy Grail scene in Indiana Jones, once we had sat down, we knew we had chosen wisely. La La is your own big lounge room! It's warmth & comfort. This is the ideal venue for after work drinks, after dinner drinks, a quiet mid-week drink, or a Friday/Saturday boogie. Happy Hour till 8pm Specials on all tap beers $5 wines $6 basic spirits