T+L Reports: Melbourne's New Bar Scene
Published: April 2009
By Maria Shollenbarger
The burgeoning bar scene in Australia's second city has three new additions. Named for one of Melbourne's most illustrious historical figures, Madame Brussels (59 Bourke St.; 61-3/9662-2775) is a boudoir fantasy, with ostrich-head chandeliers, voluptuous overstuffed chesterfields, and an adventurous cocktail menu. • Section 8: Container Bar (2729 Tattersalls Lane; 61-4/2297-2656) looks like an abandoned parking lot filled with shipping crates. The crates are actually the bar's walls and seating, but don't be put off: glowing Chinese lanterns and a deftly edited beer and wine list soften the back-alley edginess. • The black lacquered floors, custom Swarovski chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling curtains—not to mention the killer gin martini—at the Lexington (350 Bourke St.; 61-3/9663-7122) are as dramatic as the neo-Renaissance General Post Office building that houses them.