Union Electric Bar

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This small bar packs potential for a big night

Chinatown is still an underrated part of the CBD when it comes to bars. Union Electric is changing this by combining Melbourne’s love of hidden bars, cocktails and dumplings. It’s an open, former warehouse space that looks like an old boat shed, and the bartenders are a friendly bunch who remember regulars’ orders and do a mean Suntory whisky highball.

Cocktails are jazzed up with more than a little something extra; the Kaiju is a potent number with Scrumpy cider, Green Chartreuse and zingy lemon and ginger. If you didn’t have time to pre-game at one of the cheap dumpling houses, friendly neighbour New Kum Den delivers a limited yum cha menu on request so you can knock back some moneybags with your 17-year-old Hibiki. It’s an intimate bar for a busy part of town where “just one more cocktail” easily turns into “let’s try one cocktail from every section”.

By: Delima Shanti

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Venue name: Union Electric Bar
Contact:
Address: 13 Heffernan Ln
3000
Opening hours: Daily 5pm-1am
Transport: Nearby stations: Parliament

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