With one of the hardest entrances in Melbourne to spot, New Gold Mountain offers an Asian influenced cocktail bar with a very intimate feel and unique design.
- Difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Above Double Happiness the wooden door to the right of it will lead you upstairs.
- Type: Cocktail Bar
- Food: Snacks
- Music: Lounge Music
- Cover: No Cover
Situated above the popular Double Happiness and actually owned by the same person; New Gold Mountain feels like a more higher class cocktail bar than its sibling below it. Its decor has been selected with more care, with a different theme for the first and second level and with a smaller interior and unadvertised entrance, making it feel all the more exclusive. However no matter how exclusive it makes you feel in reality due to the small size of the place it can become a standing room only affair very quickly. In this sense it will make you glad that the entrance is so unassuming lest more drinkers discover its refreshing cocktails.
New Gold Mountain goes with the school of less is more and gives you a honed down cocktail list where there is no weak link, all at the very reasonable price of $16 each. This may be where the reasonable prices end however as if you came here for cheap drinks then maybe you’re coming here for the wrong reasons. They have an extensive liquor list where it is possible to choose the amount of poison you require: 30, 250, 500 or 700ml. The reason for the such large sizes is that New Gold Mountain offers bottle keep, where bottle storage is free and there is no time limit to how long they will hold onto the bottles for, mind you with a rather large mark-up compared to retail prices of course.
All this works towards making you feel like you belong in this bar, that you are a regular with your own personal stash of booze and that you are in on a secret which the rest of the drinking plebs are yet to discover. This is exactly the image most cocktail bars try to give out, but few succeed like New Gold Mountain does.
A rare gem in Melbourne’s bar scene, New Gold Mountain gives the feelings of exclusivity without itself being exclusive. The cocktails are great to boot.
+ Great cocktails
+ Extensive menu
+ Good atmosphere
- Very small
- Drinks other than cocktails are expensive