You'll find great drinks and zero bad karaoke at this Chinatown bar
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Down Liverpool Lane in Chinatown you’ll find a double hit of good drinking times. Below a wall-mounted bike is Double Happiness – the red-hued, communism-themed bar where it’s as much about dosing yourself with pre- or post-dumpling chilli-vodka cocktails as swinging around giant Bia Ha Noi beers. That’s a good Wednesday in Chinatown. But lately, we’re a little more excited about New Gold Mountain upstairs. Nothing about the room has changed – it’s still an emerald green and gold-beaded pocket rocket with plenty of nooks for knee squeezing and a bit of a burlesque-parlour-meets-oriental-tea-house feel. But now talented whippersnapper Callan Green has taken the reigns and injected a whole mess of energy and interesting drinks into the mix. He’s messing with vermouth. He’s using Melbourne-made gins. He’s throwing white rum, lemon, orgeat (almond and citrus syrup), sherry and grapefruit together in a creation that’s all flowers and pep. And he’s doing it to the silky smooth crooning of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. You can take your drinking experience here as seriously as you like. Get barside and nerd out on sloe gins, or group by the faux fire and feel up your date. Got a group? Head upstairs and you’ll find a red lantern paradise of booths. This is as good as Chinatown drinking gets, and there’s not a bad karaoke rendition of ‘We Will Rock You’ to be heard. Win win.