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Experience Melbourne's eclectic spirit with a night out exploring the wonderful nightspots peppering the city's streets and laneways.

Go your own way
Up a flight of stairs, down a laneway, on a rooftop or in an orchestra pit, Melbourne sure knows how to hide a bar. You never know where the next great drinking spot is going to pop up, so let us help.

Tall tales and cocktails
Whether you're after a colourful cocktail with a million dollar view or a few quiet pots in a student dive, you're bound to find something that suits your mood and budget. Bar-hop like a local, dance to world class DJs, be baffled and challenged by installation art, or chow down on a late night snack, the city at night is awash with possibilities.

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The Croft Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Croft Institute

Melbourne

Launched when hidden laneway bars where still hard to find, the Croft offers a clinical approach to partying, kitted out like an eerie hospital.

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Bar Americano, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bar Americano

Melbourne

Knock back daytime espressos and by night sip on classic cocktails in this standing-room only highlight of Melbourne's best laneway bars.

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Black Cat, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Black Cat

Fitzroy

A lounge-room-style cafe by day, this cosy bar gets crowded with DJs and drinkers at night. Its beer garden is seriously coveted real estate.

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The Workers Club, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

The Workers Club

Fitzroy

Hard day at work? The two bars, hearty kitchen and rockin' roster of live music here will fix your ills and evoke images of the Fitzroy of old.

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Madame Brussells, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Madame Brussels

Melbourne

Sip pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the whimsical ambience of Alice in Wonderland meets Alice in Accounts with magical city views.

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The Prince, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

The Prince

St Kilda

Get royally raucous in the iconic public bar of this St Kilda institution or catch major local and international acts in the bandroom upstairs.

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The Everleigh, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Everleigh

Fitzroy

For a night out full of speakeasy charm, oh-so-knowledgeable barkeeps and impeccable cocktails, head down to The Everleigh on Gertrude Street.

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The Bridge Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Bridge Hotel

Richmond

Awake the adventurer within − the revamped Bridge Hotel is a maze of saloons and balconies, with a laneway running right through the middle.

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Bar DANSK, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bar DANSK

Melbourne

Soak up the minimalist design synonymous with Danish interiors and experience a little piece of Copenhagen overlooking bustling Little Bourke.

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Vineyard, St Kilda,  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Vineyard Bar & Restaurant

St Kilda

Settle in for a Sunday session for the ages at St Kilda institution, The Vineyard, with live music, DJs, good company and St Kilda sea breezes.

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The Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Carlton

Melbourne

Grab a drink and explore the ever-expanding line-up of bars, rooftop palm trees and gallery spaces, resembling an opulent vertical maze for grown-ups.

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The Wesley Anne, Northcote, Victoria, Australia

The Wesley Anne

Northcote

Congregate with devoted regulars in the sprawling beer garden, elegant dining room or vibrant bandroom of this holiest of northern watering holes.

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Murmur, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Murmur

Melbourne

Turn off Little Bourke and ascend the narrow staircase to emerge in a boutique drinking den of ironwork, distressed walls and Chesterfield sofas.

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The Retreat, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

The Retreat

Brunswick

Boasting a cosy front bar, massive beer garden and dance hall/band room, The Retreat is cherished by all who pass beneath her faded façade.

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Gun Street Girls at the Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Carbie Warbie

The Esplanade Hotel

St Kilda

AC to the DC with a dose of grit and guitars at the 100-year-old Espy, with its welcome rock, bands, tattoos, steak, beer, and stunning bayside views.

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The Boatbuilders Yard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Boatbuilders Yard

South Wharf

While away the afternoon, enjoy an after-work beer in the sun, or tuck into snacks from the BBQ at this city favourite next to the Polly Woodside.

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1806, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1806

Melbourne

From the mirrored tiles and velvet curtains to the gleaming chandeliers and historic drinking paraphernalia, 1806 is a loving shrine to the cocktail.

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Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Workshop

Melbourne

Explore the private indoor spaces or enjoy the moonlit rooftop terrace of this great bar and cafe risen from the husk of an old motorbike workshop.

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New Gold Mountain, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

New Gold Mountain

Melbourne

Take a measure of 1920s Hong Kong glamour, mix with two parts opium den, shake it all up, and you get this very decadent boudoir-like laneway bar.

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City Wine Shop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

City Wine Shop

Melbourne

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the treasure trove of bottled delights, a favourite haunt for wine connoisseurs at the top end of town.

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