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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

Did you know one of our best restaurants is actually a bar? Well now you do. 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.

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Eight of the best

Wine bars

Gerald's Bar

An award-winning Melbourne drinking den where the waiters are among the most knowledgeable in town.

Kirk's Wine Bar

Enjoy the best of the City Wine Shop and the European at the other end of town at Kirk's Wine Bar.

Smalls

As intimate as its name suggests, Smalls bar serves up small-scale wines and bite-sized morsels.

Bar Liberty

'A place for everyone, to drink everything' is what the owners call it. Sounds good to us.

Bar Lourinhã

Tuck into Med-inspired tapas and very good vino at Matt McConnell's joint on Little Collins.

Embla

Taste further evidence of the Town Mouse team's recipe for success at a welcoming city wine bar.

Marion

Learn the stories of Fitzroy in Andrew McConnell's Gertrude Street wine bar for serious wine lovers.

City Wine Shop

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the wine connoisseurs and treasure trove of grape varietals.

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

Ferdydurke

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

Bar Americano

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

Misty Place

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

Section 8

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

Eau de Vie

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

Bar Ampere

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

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.

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Eight of the best

Rooftop bars

Wolf's Lair

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

Transit Rooftop Bar

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

Bomba

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

Goldilocks Bar

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

Rooftop Bar

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

Siglo

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

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.

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Mr Wilkinson

Named after Brunswick's founding father and sleek with recycled timber, black steel and charcoal grey, it's is a smart local for the smart locals.

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The Waiting Room

An opulent hotel lobby bar serving all things elegant from high tea to cocktail hour, this is one waiting room you won't mind spending time in.

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Back Alley Sally's

Set up by Jerome B. – the brains trust behind 1000 £ Bend – this low-key space dishes up burgers and toasties along with crafty beers and table vino.

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Meyers Place

At the vanguard of the city's hole-in-the-wall laneway bar scene way back when, Meyers Place is still a favourite for arty folks and suits alike.

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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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Spice Market

Sip late-night cocktails and nibble on Middle Eastern bar snacks in this decadent basement bar. Nestle into private booths or hit the dance floor.

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The Stone Hotel

You can practically taste unpretentious old Fitzroy as soon as you enter The Stone Hotel, where the beer is cold and the music is loud.

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Campari House

Find your floor at this chic restaurant-bar operating over four levels. Leisurely vintage lounge, mod-Italian restaurant or buzzing rooftop courtyard?

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Bomba

Tuck into simple, affordable Spanish tapas and a lean into the bar that’s so well stocked with vermouth you'll have to stay for a rooftop cocktail.

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Romeo Lane

Find love in the form of cocktails seductive enough to woo tastebuds from any side of the family divide at this laneway newcomer (formerly Von Haus).

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Acland Street Cantina

Kick start your day with a single origin brew and breakfast tortilla or swing by after the daily grind for gluten-free pizza and house red.

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Bar Ampere

Bar Ampere has all the absinthe, vermouth and amaro you need to kick start your evening and an all-night kitchen to keep you going till the wee hours.

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