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 reads like an encyclopaedia of classic cocktails. Written in alphabetical order, the range of beverages can be a bit daunting but the knowledgeable staff is more than willing to suggest a cocktail to suit.
The food menu has been redesigned to better facilitate a quick snack and run on the dancefloor. The American style eatery features nachos cheekily served in a Doritos bag, the vegan burger is also a popular option.
Just like sister venues Section 8, B.East and [Globe Alley] (https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/bars/belleville), 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.