Here is a cool new addition to Melbourne’s nightlife: the South Seas, a new tikki-style rum bar decked out in gleeful Brady-Bunch-goes-to-Hawaii style, playing kitsch Hawaiian music and serving mai-tai cocktails with little grass-skirted girls on stirring sticks.
The bar has opened in what was formerly the Centrelink (government unemployment office) on Johnson Street, opposite Hares and Hyenas. It had also housed, briefly, a dowdy bar called the Johnson which occassionally hosted fun lesbian parties, but as I mentioned to my friends when I visited, I thought it would have been cooler if the bar had kept its old name and theme – “Lets grab a drink at Centrelink”.
The newest incarnation – empty when we were there – impressed me though with its commitment to its theme. It has bamboo bathrooms, aquariums at the coat check and fake plants and Polynesian masks everywhere.
I loved it.