While on an evening dumpling run in Chinatown with another dumpling enthusiast, we came across a quirky bar and art gallery down one of those little side streets Melbourne is famous for.
Fad Gallery is found in Corrs Lane, just off Little Bourke Street. It's hard to miss the huge, brightly coloured graffiti that literally takes over the sidewall of the building. Looming over the vehicles in the car park beneath it, if anything, that's worth a visit in itself. So, having been further drawn in by the sound of live music and the promise of creativity we forgot about our rumbling bellies and went inside. We were not left disappointed.
The band playing, made up of a variety of impressive instruments including a cello, had people on their feet dancing and singing. The atmosphere was lively and welcoming, with the doors left wide open creating an almost magnetic appeal to the place.
Speaking to the man behind the bar, I learnt that the owner of the establishment had been collecting artwork for years and he had certainly built up quite a collection. Nudity featured highly in contemporary paintings and photographs sprawling across all of the walls. Indeed, it is a place that seems to have all the senses covered as I settled into one of the grand armchairs, sipping a very reasonably priced drink while my eyes and ears made the most of everything the place has to offer.
Fad is unquestionably worth a visit for those who like their drinking holes unique and friendly. Individual bars like this are one of the reasons Melbourne never seems to lose its appeal. Maybe just go for dumplings before hand though, most outlets close around 10pm and you may stay here longer than you intended.