Penny Blue, Melbourne, Australia

Down a little laneway called Driver Lane off Little Bourke Street is a craft beer bar with an ecclectic fitout.

Penny Blue is a small and intimate bar where you can relax inside in a setting of random couches and chairs, or outside on the laneway.

On offer is a decent number of bottled and tap beers.

Sitting in the laneway on a warm summer afternoon allows you to watch the world as people amble along this quiet laneway. As there’s no car traffic you’re in an oasis of quietness.

Thankfully smoking is banned in the outside area but people just move a metre or 2 away and light up, but it’s better than them smoking right next to you.