Coming in off the streets of a typical windy and wet Melbourne winter's day, it was a welcome relief to be able to relax next to the fully stoked fire.
My gaze flickered over the menu, from which names like "Mr Fu," "Communist Manifesto," and "Dixie Mission" leapt out at me—this wasn't a bar for those without a little sense of humor.
Adorned with Chinese lucky cats, Chairman Mao figurines, and a Dragon flying overhead, the bar is a cozy retreat from the city streets.
One fun aspect of this bar is that it takes the popular Asian bubble cup drinks and gives them a twist, creating fresh alcoholic versions with familiar boba pearls or jellies in the bottom.
While the prices are a little high, the flavors, service, and atmosphere of the bar are the reasons I'll keep going back when I need that touch of fun and luxury to my night out.
(The pictured cocktail—and my personal favorite —is the "October Revolution," with plum wine, elderflower, grapefruit, lemon, and egg white.)