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The dingy Ding Dong has had a major refurb! Under the guidance of Bill Walsh – former Cherry Bar overlord and Cosmic Psychos drummer – Melbourne's black cavern is now an airy, light-filled joint with separate bar for supping and snacking. An epicentre of alternative, grungy cool, it both supports local acts and plays host to big international bands wanting to warm-up before festival shows. The club kicks on well after they leave the stage, too.
In October 2014, Walsh flew in Louisiana chef Chris Weysham to head up the kitchen. Girl with the Gris Gris serves up Creole and Cajun creations, such as Spinach Madeleine crab dip, served with house-made focaccia toast; seared scallops with jalapeno relish and sweet potato and ginger purée. After something substantial? There's a host of po'boy sandwiches, but try the Crystal Burger Po’Boy: a burger patty marinated in Crystal Hot Sauce and stuffed with blue cheese, with house-made pickles and roasted red pepper aioli. Or Mama Leah’s Roast Beef Po'Boy – beef shoulder braised in Turbodog brown ale, served with gravy. Girl with the Gris Gris is open Tue-Sat, 5.30pm-10pm.

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Photos by Roberto Seba   |  

Ding Dong Lounge details

Lvl 1
18 Market Ln, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9521 7447

Open Thur-Sat

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