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Published January 24th 2013
A new offering from the Section 8 crew
The first time you hear the name, you will be baffled. 'Ferdy-what?', you ask, stifling a giggle. Setting aside the initial puzzlement, Ferdyduke is another grungy offering from the same crew responsible for the Section 8 container bar, so you can rest assured knowing that you're in capable hands.
Ferdydurke is conveniently situated next door to Section 8 in a seemingly derelict loft. Find the fluorescent pink sign lighting up the entrance, have a read of the cheeky house rules printed on the wall outside - most importantly: 'no dickheads' - and continue up the flight of stairs until you reach the very top (there is a small outdoor smoking area along the way for those inclined).
The interior follows the true and tried formula of exposed brick bars popping up all over Melbourne, with lots of wood-panelling, open space and even a fireplace to warm up the colder months. The walls are filled wholly with eclectic posters, not unlike the risqué poster wall at Naked for Satan - although more moderate in content. Let your eyes wander over a drink and entertain yourself by perusing the cascade of intriguing imagery and witty idioms on the walls; my personal favourite: the man who cannot visualise a horse galloping on a tomato is an idiot! Yes, indeed.
Be forewarned, Ferdydurke is quickly gaining in popularity and you might be stuck jostling for seating which is quite limited given its space. If you can, try and sit out in the alcove next to the DJ booth, where you are surrounded by steam-punk-influenced apparatuses moonlighting as seating, temporary tables, general decoration and everything in between. The large open windows look out over Section 8 and it can be an interesting place to release your inner voyeur and people-watch from a bird's-eye view.
The Section 8 crew have delivered another inner-city bar with aplomb and Ferdydurke is quickly establishing a reputation as the new haunt in town. What are you waiting for? It's time to get your grunge on.