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Published August 27th 2015
Simple and unusual, but it works
Melbourne's laneways have a wealth of art and sculpture, along with bars and restaurants, just waiting to be discovered. One such laneway is Tattersalls Lane in Chinatown, off Little Bourke Street. Ticking my box for a unique experience is Section 8, a cool and hip outdoor bar where patrons sit on wooden pallet seats.
It has street art in and around it, all your favourite drinks plus imported beers, house-created cocktails and mocktails, served from a converted shipping container. Prices are in the same range as elsewhere in Melbourne. Midweek, I found it quiet at lunchtime, but this place hots up on evenings and weekends with DJ's, MC's and special events that have included a breakdance battle.
You can get a gourmet hot dog if you're hungry and a coffee too. I especially like that they have participated in the food drive 'Donate a Can', a children's charity that helps save lives. You get a free coffee in return for your donation.
During quiet times, it's a relaxing and chilled out area from the hustle and bustle of the city streets around it. Think beer garden with greenery, but without the normal pub scene. Coming alive at night, expect loud music in the form of rock and roll, urban grooves, dance and electronics.