Double Happiness & New Gold Mountain, Melbourne
Tel: 61 3 9650 4488
Concierge.com's insider take:
Double Happiness, an auspicious mini watering hole in Chinatown with fab feng shui, takes its name from the Chinese character for good fortune—and indeed, happiness comes easily after a few Communist regime–inspired cocktails. Try a Dictatorship of the Proletariat (fennel vodka with paprika and Chinese spices), or take a Great Leap Forward (sake with Cointreau, coriander, and lemon) while you peruse the retro-Maoist decor. Or, climb the neighboring stairs to the bar's sister space, New Gold Mountain. The look here is part opium den, part Austin Powers set—a riot of textured wallpaper, beaded curtains, and paper lanterns—and the drink list rivals its downstairs neighbor in both quirkiness and flavor (61-3-9650-8859; www.newgoldmountain.org).