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There’s something particularly satisfying about walking into a bar with a big bag of take-out dumplings and dropping them on your table of beer-hungry mates. That’s the move at Mr West, Footscray’s newest venue for lovers of good booze. They offer simple meat and cheese boards themselves, but are happy for you to bring your own nosh from the myriad of local take away joints serving everything from banh mi to barbecue.

Craft beer, good wine, spirits and great cocktails are the big draws here. Tucked away in one of Footscray’s strips and surrounded by internet cafés and discount clothing shops, it’s easy to miss. On street level, there is a boutique bottle shop and upstairs in the industrial space the bar is pumping. The airy room of ancient timber and brick is flooded with sun from the many skylights in the exposed factory roof, and there’s plenty of plant life for colour.

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