Nestled inconspicuously alongside Touche Hombre’s Lonsdale Street HQ, Le Joint shares few of its sister venues’ brash qualities. In fact, from the street, you’d be hard pressed to even notice it was there. “We wanted it hidden, so that when you step in, you’re really in a different pocket of Melbourne altogether,” says Davis Yu.
Those familiar with the classic 1980s film Big will appreciate the foyer’s authentic Zoltar fortune telling machine, but from there on the aesthetic is strictly adult. It’s dark, smoky and red-lit, with a vague air of debauchery.
The extensive, cocktail-driven bar menu comes via Rich Hands (from London’s celebrated Milk & Honey) and Yu reckons he was particularly keen on nailing the staples. “I wanted classics done damn well, with large hand-chipped ice and a good balance of flavours,” he says. It’s safe to say the shelves are exceptionally well stocked and Le Joint’s cocktail flights – a range of mini tasters of house specialties – will prove a fine option for the indecisive drinker.
You can soak up the booze and debauchery with a range of tasty bar snacks (think fried chicken, mini wagyu burgers or chicken dim sims) and there’ll be DJs most nights too.
233 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Mon to Sat 5pm–late