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21° & CLOUDY ON MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Libby Curran
October 16, 2019
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Doss Closet

This Footscray spot is part bar, part op-shop and it's raising money for local charities.
By Libby Curran
October 16, 2019
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If you've ever found yourself so deep into a thrifting adventure that it coincides with beer o'clock, this one's for you. The crew at East 9th Brewing has teamed up with hospitality heavyweight Jerome Borazio (Laneway Festival, The Reunion Island Pool Club) to give Melbourne its first 'op-shop bar'. Dubbed Doss Closet, the one-of-a-kind drinking hole has made its home inside another of Borazio's Footscray venues, beer garden Lickity Split.

East 9th Brewing, which makes drops like Doss Blockos, Sample Brew and Lick Pier Ginger Beer, has long been one to throw its support behind a great cause. Last year, the company raised a cool $50,000 for Polished Man: an initiative that sees punters donning blue painted fingernails to help raise awareness about and end violence against children. Now, the aptly named Doss Closet will sell pre-loved, donated clothing — with proceeds also heading to charity. For its first month, the shop and bar is raising funds for Polished Man, but a number of other groups and charities are set to rotate after that.

The Moreland Street venture is an extension of the fundraising op-shop parties the East 9th Brewing team has hosted in the past and it's set to be a permanent fixture. Expect a comfy space that's filled with racks of pre-loved fashion for guys and girls, giant disco balls and stars Doss Blockos brews at the bar. Blue lighting pays homage to the Polished Man cause and you'll even spy a couple of SHUFL tables — a shuffleboard-inspired bar sport that's yet to land anywhere else in Melbourne.

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