Each of these bars trades in kitsch – that enigmatic balance of theatre, irony and lack of self-seriousness that separates a themed bar from merely an influenced one.

To really pull off a themed bar, it takes a whole-hearted commitment across the staff, decor, music and drinks. But when it works, as with these bars, your drinking experience will truly be lifted.

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East China Trading Company

Golden Monkey’s sister venue offers a refined offering of rum and dumplings.

Enter Hardware Lane, Ground floor 389 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000