CHUCKLE PARK

Melbourne is renowned for little laneway treasures – filled with fabulous finds that you stumble upon, off the main drag. I discovered Chuckle Park a couple of years ago, chancing a sideways glance down an alleyway that literally stopped me in my tracks. SURPRISE! (Love it when that happens.)

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CORNERSTONE BAR & FOOD

A 19th Century rail warehouse… it’s the grittiest industrial setting for a bar you can imagine. Think heritage brickwork, chunky, rusty steel, 10 tonne gantry cranes and towering ceilings. Here, they sprout with life thanks to gorgeous greenery and soulful upcycling.

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MISS MONEYPENNY’S

Smart and sexy. That’s the link I’m drawing between this gorgeous and airy bar on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and its namesake, the fictional character of M’s secretary in a string of Bond films.

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DONNY’S BAR

After a two-year hiatus from stepping out in Manly, imagine my sheer delight to discover that there are a few new kids on the block in this seaside town who have cropped up in my absence. In particular, one bar that is small in scale but BIG on style: Donny’s Bar.

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