East China Trading Company

Dumpling, Cocktail & Rum Bar on Melbourne’s Hardware Lane
Opening at 5:00 PM
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Posted on Dec 13, 2017

The very first drink served over the bar. A Sherry and Mandarin Cobbler. Vintage and new all at once. #open7days #11amto11pm #hardwarelane #eastchinatraco

Posted on Dec 7, 2017

Here's the good news! We open Friday 8 December 2017. Dumplings, booze, and fine times 7 days a week! Come swing by and say hello!


5 months ago
Had the best experience there with a waiter who was extremely knowledgeable, introduced us to many different rums and gave tasting notes for each. Dealt with smashed glasses quickly and without complaint, served delicious food and provided great banter. Will certainly be back again and again! (Think his name was Cristian?)
- M M
6 months ago
This is a really cool little place with a cool drinks list, nice atmosphere and excellent dumplings. The staff were great as well
- Ashley W
7 months ago
Best place to try dumplings with varieties of choices. Cocktails are really interesting with every taste profile like tea, coffee, fruits and spices. Loved it. Recommended for rum drinkers.
- Anil K

Welcome to East China Trading Company

Open Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
Sorry no reservations, walk-ins only, maximum group size of 6
For large bookings, functions and events visit www.goldenmonkey.com.au

Nestled in the vibrant Hardware Lane is East China Trading Company, Melbourne’s newest cocktail, dumpling and rum bar opened by life-long friend’s Adam Ong and Michael Chen. East China Trading Company takes its heritage from the trading companies of Old World Shanghai and acts as the ‘front’ for its more libertine sister establishment below, the iconic and newly revamped Golden Monkey.

East China Trading Company is modern and vintage all at once with a charming warehouse feel to it. Grabbing your immediate attention is a ceiling-high back bar inspired by Asian architecture and housing over 200 rare and unique rums. Stripped-back walls, soft table lamp lighting, ceiling fans and rustic wooden booths lined in jade green cushions complete the look.

The drinks come in three separate menus. The first is centred around the venue’s  trading company premise with categories of cocktails (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) based on some of the world’s most highly traded consumable commodities. Think tea, coffee, spices and fruit.

The second menu features a series of rum flights catering to all levels of rum knowledge from the rum-noob right up to the rum-nerd.

The third menu serves as a new age rum manifest. The bars imposing collection of over 200 rums are categorised by production method, which is a game changer in contrast to the industry norm of simply clumping together rums by colour and origin. This menu also features history’s finest rum cocktails such as Daiquiris, Swizzles, Palmettos, and Mai Tai’s that can be enjoyed using the rum of your choice.

The bar also offers great wines, craft beers, cold-pressed fresh juices and a selection of some of the finest teas from China served to their precise brewing temperatures and times.

When it comes to food, signature steamed dumplings and traditional Chinese bao are served from open till close. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are also available. So whether for a light dim sum snack or full dumpling feast with complimenting cocktails, East China Trading Company has got your cravings covered.

Shop D, 389 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000 (enter via Hardware Lane)
P: +613 9642 3866
E: up@eastchinatraco.com.au

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Shop D, 389 Lonsdale Street (Enter via Hardware Lane)
Melbourne VIC 3000

Business Hours

Tue:5:00 – 11:00 PM
Wed:5:00 – 11:00 PM
Thu:5:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri:5:00 – 11:00 PM
Sat:5:00 – 11:00 PM