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The coolest shipping container in town attracts everyone who’s anyone

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.

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By Una Cruickshank   |   Photos by Daniel Boud

Section 8 details

27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 0430 291 588

Price per person including drinks $1.00 to $50.00

Open Mon-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Sat 10am-1am; Sun noon-11pm

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