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For the past 12 years, Ferdydurke was a small but mighty player in Melbourne’s music live scene. The bar, music and arts hub is called last drinks for good on Saturday, April 21 2024.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of Ferdy,” the owners stated in an Instagram post.

“We’ve supported live, independent and underground music consistently and built a motley collection of alumni.”

Looming above Section 8 is Ferdydurke, a bar by the same crew. To find it, 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 features a concise selection of natural-leaning wines and craft beer. Out-there house cocktails riff on the classics, with fun reinventions such as a pineapple-infused espresso martini and a “reverse New York Sour” involving Four Pillars Shiraz gin. If none of them float your boat, the knowledgeable staff are more than willing to suggest a drink to suit.

Just like sister venues Section 8, B.East and Globe Alley, Ferdydurke has a strong music program. DJs play here regularly, spinning house, funk, hip-hop and disco records from a tiny elevated booth Wednesday to Sunday.

The bar itself is perched at the very top of its building, feeling a bit New York loft with the exposed, re-used scaffolding, rooftop projections and floating glass windows. And, in case you were wondering, it's named after a 1937 surrealist novel by the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz.

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Updated: April 30th, 2024

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