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Bars

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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Eight of the best

Cocktail bars

Lily Blacks

Late night closing means finishing a night out with a classic cocktail at Lily's is inevitable.

The Everleigh

Experience a night full of speakeasy charm, oh-so-knowledgeable barkeeps and impeccable cocktails.

1806

From the mirrored tiles to the gleaming chandeliers, 1806 is a loving shrine to the cocktail.

The Black Pearl

If bar tending was an academic pursuit, The Black Pearl would be Harvard, Yale and Oxford combined.

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

Melbourne's most sophisticated cocktail bar looms over the city from the 55th floor of the Rialto.

Hihou

Take drinking to a new level of sophistication at this decadent Japanese-influenced bar and lounge.

Eau de Vie

Let your bartender create something special then settle into the dimly lit, jazz infused surrounds.

Bar Americano

Knock back daytime espressos and nighttime cocktails in this standing-room only bar.

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

Berlin Bar

Go East or West at this divided bar: spartan and functional or chintzy jazz age kitsch. You decide.

Double Happiness

Get double the usual happiness thanks to the cosy bar's Chinese-themed snacks, drinks and fun.

Bar Americano

Knock back daytime espressos and nighttime cocktails in this standing-room only bar.

Eau de Vie

Let your bartender create something special then settle into the dimly lit, jazz infused surrounds.

Misty Place

Misty continues to churn out cocktails and good vibes to anyone wily enough to remember where it is.

Ferdydurke

Head upstairs and perch on a bar stool for beers and beats, and a menu of Polish frankenfurters.

Section 8

Pull up a seat in his much-loved car park for unpretentious drinks and delectable audio offerings.

Bar Ampere

Unwind in the futurist surrounds, sample the imaginative menu, or discover the 'swamp room'.

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Eight of the best

Rooftop bars

Transit Cocktail Lounge

Gaze out over the twinkling city skyline and Yarra River while sipping on cocktails and fine wines.

Madame Brussels

Sip on quaint pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the Madame's whimsical ambience.

Naked in the Sky

Sample the Basque region's famous comfort food on the terrace of this popular Fitzroy restaurant.

Wolf's Lair

Cosy up downstairs or soak up a sunny afternoon at one of Melbourne's most well-hidden rooftop bars.

Goldilocks Bar

Find a seat that's just right and order a tasty cocktail at this fairytale rooftop bar.

Siglo

Climb the grand staircase to a place of beautiful wines, views, late-night snacks and table service.

Bomba

Brought to you by the popular Añada crew, Bomba is all about Spanish food for the working classes.

Rooftop Bar

A beloved Melbourne institution, Rooftop Bar is set seven storeys atop the popular Curtin House.

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Sister Bella

Prolong student days at this boho townhouse facsimile, enjoying happy hour in cushy booths over philosophical chats, and mac and cheese for nostalgia.

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The Bridge Hotel

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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Botherambo

Escape to Botherambo's jungle oasis for lunch, dinner or late at night to enjoy unconventional cocktails and South East Asian food with a twist.

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Cumulus Up

Kick back and sample the best of local and European wines in the designer interiors of this loft-style bar from the award-winning Cumulus Inc. team.

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Markov

Welcome beer, cider and comfort food. The Markov menu places fun and affordability over fancy and finicky – and the punters couldn't be happier.

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Riverland

Walk down from Princes Bridge and join the merry throng along the banks of the Yarra River. Grab a beer, hit the BBQ and watch the boats go by.

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The Retreat

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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Bar Americano

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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Joe's Shoe Store

Stroll up High Street to this bar stocked with old world wines and rare beers. Elbow some room at the bar or find a spot in the crowded backyard.

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Milk the Cow

Impress a date at this late night fromagerie and choose from over 70 cheeses, expertly matched with a range of local and international wines.

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White Rabbit Record Bar

Enjoy laidback tunes in the play retro interior or cool courtyard of this cafe/bar/record store/club. Embrace the bunny theme with a 'Donnie Darko'.

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Bar DANSK

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

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