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Bubble cup tea cocktails under the watchful eyes of Chairman Mao.

Supplying drinks to an army of thirsty followers for a solid 11 years, it's easy to see why this Chinese communist themed bar is as popular as ever. Red and gold ornaments are lavishly strewn amongst propaganda posters and a few framed Chinese pinup girls. There is even a small shrine to Chairman Mao proudly displayed above a working fireplace for those cosy winter nights.

The drinks list is solid with a strong Asian twist to their cocktails, many of which feature underlying flavours of chilli, coriander, ginger or lychee. Try their take on a margarita with the Communist Manifesto: tequila, tamarind, mandarin, lime and Szechuan salt ($17). The ever-popular bubble cup tea cocktails are a well-deserved novelty, complete with popping boba pearls. Though there are a few flavour options to choose from, it's the Bubble Cup #1 — tequila, black currant, passion fruit popping balls, lime and ginger beer ($15) — that really hits the spot. For those warm nights when only a beer will do there is a small but solid collection of Asian beers such as Bia Ha Noi ($9).

Double Happiness is not a large bar and once it starts filling up you may feel the need to escape the crowds. If this is the case then head along to sibling bar New Gold Mountain, conveniently hidden away just upstairs. Double Happiness is the perfect bar for those nights when one dose of happiness is just not enough.

Published on December 11, 2013 by Tomas Zagoda

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