Infused with a feel of the Orient, Manchuria is one of the best bars in Melbourne for an intimate and romantic date!

Located just off bustling Chinatown, Waratah Place resembles a deserted alley. Look up, and you will spot the red, illuminated signage on a non-descript building. Climb the stairwell to the first floor and look for an unmarked door, which opens to reveal a conservative, oriental décor.

Your choice of seating includes tucked-away alcoves, a range of tables for groups both large and small, as well as a lounging area. Our recommendation is to book an alcove in advance (via phone only; no website).

On offer is a wide selection of cocktails, spirits, beer and wine. The cocktails are definitely Manchuria’s claim to fame. Tapas are available, and include spring rolls, Peking duck, wasabi peas—to name a few.

In summary: soft lighting, scrumptious cocktails, and secluded alcove seating—all the right ingredients for a perfect date can be found at Manchuria, definitely a hidden gem amongst the best bars in Melbourne!


Impressive Knowledge Points

Manchuria was a geographical area located between Russia and China:



Cocktails and Asian Tapas


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180 Russell Street, Melbourne

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Karina is a dating and romance consultant and the founder of Datelicious. She gets to share what she knows about love, and the best way to find it, every day. Fifteen years’ experience in the dating industry means that she has a wealth of trade secrets that she is only too willing to share with people who are on the dating rollercoaster or are building a relationship. She has a sixth sense when it comes to romance. Karina is well known for discovering hidden restaurants and bars which she adds to her impressive arsenal of dating & romantic venues. An avid traveller, you can often find her at the airport ready to indulge in her love of travel and taking every opportunity to uncover the best holiday spots for couples and singles, both on and off the map.