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Fuel for your adventure at basement Izakaya Den – all the Japanese snacks are good but the corn kaki-age is compulsory. Head to Flinders Lane and peep at Vietnamese-influenced Coda and modern French Ôter before turning right into ACDC Lane. At the bottom of the lane is Peruvian Pastuso then, heading left into Duckboard Place, you’ll come upon the secret doorway to the Rose Garden cocktail lounge at Garden State Hotel. Sneak back out past elegant Indian Tonka and contemporary Chinese Lee Ho Fook. Head up to Flinders Lane then turn right to lose yourself at Eau De Vie with cocktails, whisky and snacks. Still standing? Take a 10-minute constitutional via Pizza Pizza Pizza (pop through the storeroom door to find a hidden bar) and finish off with rooftop drinks at naughtily nice Madame Brussels.

  1. Izakaya Den
    Discover the best sake and tataki this side of Shibuya, served in a slick basement space. Pull up a stool at the 30-metre bar and get stuck into delicious Japanese-style tapas.
  2. Coda
    Laneway. Basement. Asian with a twist. Coda is a modern Melbourne classic and a meal at its kitchen-view bar is a tasty dinner and show. 
  3. Ôter
    Modern French with some Japanese culinary cultural influences. Taking what you know about French food and flipping it on its tête.
  4. Pastuso
    At the bottom of gritty AC/DC Lane, Pastuso beckons with pisco, ceviche and Peruvian grills. 
  5. Garden State Hotel
    A colossal, clever rethink of the Australian pub with indoor garden, relaxed counter meals and upscale grill. The basement cocktail lounge has a discreet laneway entrance from Duckboard Place. 
  6. Tonka
    Vibrant Indian inspired flavours hidden down one of Melbourne's iconic laneways.
  7. Lee Ho Fook
    An ever-changing menu putting new spins on classic Chinese dishes.
  8. Eau de Vie
    Intimate, jazz infused and and absolute pleasure. Delectable cocktails and tapas to match.
  9. Pizza Pizza Pizza
    Australia doesn’t have a by-the-slice culture but they do it here (try the Aussie ham and pineapple). Psst, there’s a secret bar out the back. 
  10. Madame Brussels
    The city’s naughtiest venue, always primed for indoor garden parties, rooftop drinking and all-round debauchery. Enter a shabby doorway by the Spaghetti Tree and head up to level three.

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