If you like cocktails, whisky, blues, good service and eating Reuben sandwiches at 2am, Beneath Driver Lane is your heaven. Occupying an old bank vault in the CBD, this bar has a Harry Potter feeling that’s rare in a city whose subterranean spaces are sorely underused. The fit-out, the soundtrack and the sharp service give this place a feeling that’s equal parts Melbourne, Chicago and Diagon Alley. The folks behind the bar are all practised professionals; personable, knowledgeable and looking sharp in black chef coats.
There seems to be a high correlation between bars that are hidden away and hard to find, and bars that are serving some of the best drinks, vibes and service in town. Sure these laneway spots may require Google Maps to locate, but the promise of a top-quality hand-crafted cocktail or cold frothy is sure to be ample rewards for the journey.
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