What’s new in Melbourne’s laneways

Like little labs of creativity and urban experimentation, the city’s famous lanes are full of surprises. From a legendary Oz rocker bursting out of a wall to three new spots for superior eats and drinks, here’s the latest.

Bon Scott’s in AC/DC Lane!

Named after the legendary Oz rock band, AC/DC Lane is a nexus for music and street art. Murals of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young are among this outdoor gallery’s highlights, but the new Bon Scott tribute is the crowning glory. Since March, Mike Makatron’s 3D sculpture of Acca Dacca’s former lead singer has been bursting through the wall outside Cherry Bar.

A street art covered laneway

Head to AC/DC Lane to see Mike Makatron’s sculpture of Bon Scott

Archie Green opens in Katherine Place

A white, slightly retro industrial fit-out is balanced by a plethora of plants at Archie Green, which opened in January 2018. This day-night diner in Katherine Place serves snacks and share plates like smoked pigs cheek croquettes and crispy skinned barramundi. The extensive drink list includes house-made canned cocktails like Hipster Punch, and classics with a twist, such as South Yarra Iced Tea.

Roule Galette gets bigger

Ooh la la! Scott Alley’s Roule Galette emerged from renovations in March double the size, which means double the crepes and double the Frenchy chic. The staff speak French, the newspapers are French, the music is French – you’ll feel like you’ve strolled into Montmartre! It all gets down to the crepes though, both sweet and savoury, and Gallic drinks like Orangina and cider from Normandy.

A crepe on a plate on a table

Roule Galette – the little creperie that just got bigger

Bar Saracen opens in Punch lane

Joseph Abboud, the chef and restaurateur behind Rumi and The Moor’s Head, added Bar Saracen to his portfolio in February. Named after the Arabs who fought the Christians during the Crusades, this Punch Lane restaurant-bar’s food favours Lebanon. Designed for sharing, the menu is dominated by 18 mezzes, including clever takes on borek and kofta. Try them with arak, an aniseed spirit that’s similar to ouzo.

Viking themed bar Mjolner Melbourne opens in Hardware Street

Sydney’s Viking-themed restaurant-bar has proved so popular that they’ve brought an outpost down south, taking over Nieuw Amsterdam’s spot on Hardware Street. Named after Thor’s mighty hammer, Mjolner Melbourne will finally give you the chance to drink mead out of a horn. Other tipples include Scandinavian-influenced cocktails and numerous whiskies. Food is suitably meaty, all enjoyed among tasteful Norse-themed decor. Skol!

Tables and chairs inside a restaurant

Experience the viking vibe inside Mjolner

City Library’s Free Comic Book Day

There’s always something interesting happening at Flinders Lane’s City Library, but Saturday 5 May is extra special. It’s Free Comic Book Day, which literally means you get a free comic book, just for turning up! Get in the spirit by dressing up as your favourite comic hero or villain.

You might also want to check out the library’s Graphic Novel Book Club, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. There’s a set theme rather than a set book, so it’s a flexible, friendly gathering.