Golden Monkey – Melbourne’s Hidden Bar
Golden Monkey, is your oriental drinking den and nightspot hidden away on Melbourne’s Hardware Lane. Discover their romantic, mysterious, and pleasure-seeking venue.
Part opium den, part Shanghai 1920s nightspot, the Golden Monkey Bar is dedicated to serving you fine drinks and fun times.
Golden Monkey Bar – Address, Booking and Menu
Hidden away in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane, this bespoke basement bar is one of the CBD’s best kept secrets.
Enter via Hardware Lane and descend the stairs from East China Trading Company, through the velvet curtains and you’ll be transported into the romantic, mysterious and pleasure-seeking Golden Monkey.
Part Oriental drinking den, part Shanghai 1920s nightspot, the Golden Monkey provides the ultimate hedonistic escape.
“Follow the Path of Infinite Divinity,
Down the Staircase of Hanging Suns,
Through the Valley of Crimson Velvet,
Into the Heart of the Golden Monkey”
A beautifully hand-painted bar billboard with a reclining temptress sets the cinematic ambience, and it’s maze of elaborate wooden screens provides the perfect balance of privacy and openness where you can choose to watch or be watched.
The Golden Monkey’s old world elements are contrasted by a modern lighting design that reflects the Shanghai of today, where the old blends seamlessly into the new.
Golden Monkey Lounge Bar
Golden Monkey is all about forbidden drinks and fun times.
You can hang around at the bar, grab a cocktail, lay back in a booth or sway to the good vibes. To line your stomach for a big night out with friends at a traditional Chinese bar, with snacks and fluffy steamed bao for both meat-eaters and vegans alike.
Early in the evening chilled lounge and electronica takes you on a trip to another time and place. As the night and inhibitions fall, is when the party tunes take over and it’s time for shots and giggles.
Guest performers, musicians, DJs and special events feature throughout the week giving a different twist to each night. Golden Monkey’s Melbourne bar caters for the solo adventurist, small groups out to celebrate life, and bookings and events for up to 200 guests. Going down has never felt so good!
East China Trading Company
Upstairs to the Golden Monkey is the East China Trading Company restaurant. Housed on the ground floor of Hardware Lane, it’s speciality is cocktails and dumplings.
Nestled in the vibrant Hardware Lane is East China Trading Company, Melbourne’s newest dumpling, cocktail and exotic spirits bar.
East China Trading Company takes its heritage from the trading companies on the ports of Old World Shanghai and acts as the ‘front’ for its more libertine sister establishment Golden Monkey below.
East China Trading Company is modern and vintage all at once with a charming warehouse feel to it. A ceiling-high back bar inspired by Asian architecture houses over 200 rare and unique spirits. Stripped-back walls, soft table lamp lighting, ceiling fans and rustic wooden booths lined in jade green cushions give it a quaint, intimate and cosy feel.
The ceiling of intertwined ropes complete the shipping company feel and contrasts with the rigid maze structure of Golden Monkey below.
The drinks are worldly twists on classic cocktails with great wines, craft beers, and a selection of some of the finest teas from China also on offer. When it comes to food, signature steamed dumplings and bar snacks are served from open till close with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available.
Good times and good fortune are guaranteed to those that step through the door!