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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

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

Lily Blacks

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

Eau de Vie

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

Hihou

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

Bar Americano

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

The Black Pearl

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

1806

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

The Everleigh

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

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

Bar Ampere

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

Bar Americano

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

Berlin Bar

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

Section 8

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

Misty Place

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

Eau de Vie

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

Double Happiness

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

Ferdydurke

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

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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.

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.

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.

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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.

Naked in the Sky

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

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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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Sweatshop

Head down to this basement bar for imaginative cocktails and imported beers. No sweat. And if there is, there are West Coast Coolers on offer. True.

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Sun Moth Canteen

Kick start your morning with fresh muesli for brekky and then hurry on back after work for dinner, complete with cheese board and local vino.

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The Great Northern

Set amid the tree-lined streets of North Carlton, this reinvigorated classic has been keeping the locals refreshed since its opening way back in 1883.

Craft breweries

Temple Brewing Company

Beer is better with food, and the fine beer at Temple Brewing Company is matched by exceptional food made in house at the East Brunswick brewery's HQ.

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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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Borsch Vodka and Tears

Choose from over 100 varieties of vodka, balanced with authentic (and delicious) peasant food, at this bohemian Polish bar and restaurant.

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Ponyfish Island

Clinging to a pylon beneath the pedestrian bridge over the Yarra to Southbank, you'll find a pop-up oasis of beer, coffee and tasty toasties.

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Dogs Bar

Turn off Acland Street and drink with the locals at Dogs Bar, a true neighbourhood wine bar and a St. Kilda institution, established way back in 1989.

Live music

Cherry Bar

This old soul of the Melbourne scene was founded by the drummer of the Cosmic Psychos in 2000 and was a launch-pad for local heroes Jet and Airbourne.

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Young & Jackson

From footy fans and visiting performers to out-of-towners and locals, everyone's had a beer at the Young and Jackson, home of the famous Chloe.

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Horse Bazaar

Give your senses their dues, with cocktails for the tongue, tunes for the toe-tips, visual art for the eyeballs, and chats for the old grey matter.

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