The coolest shipping container in town attracts everyone who’s anyone
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Photos: Dan Boud
After squeezing past the huge bouncers to get into the much-hyped Section 8, you might be disappointed to find yourself standing in what amounts to a vacant lot in Chinatown. Odds are you’ll soon get over it though, when you discover that it’s loaded with booze, good-looking hipsters and enough intriguing graffiti to fill a whole other laneway. While some of the barstaff are more ornamental than skilled, the drinks selection is solid and ranges from top-shelf spirits to longnecks. The bar is housed in a converted shipping container, as are the toilets to the rear, while the rest of the lot is scattered with wooden pallets for seating, with a few Chinese lanterns and parasols to pretty up the bare scaffolding above. The crowd skews young and is heavy on arty types - Section 8 is one of the CBD’s best spots for people watching and there’s a see-and-be-seen element to any night here. It’s a popular venue for DJs and MCs and is busy - and loud - most nights.