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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

Rooftop bars

Goldilocks Bar

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

Bomba

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

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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

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.

Wolf's Lair

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

Rooftop Bar

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

Naked in the Sky

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

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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.

1806

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

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.

The Black Pearl

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

Bar Americano

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

The Everleigh

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

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

Section 8

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

Ferdydurke

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

Double Happiness

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

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.

Berlin Bar

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

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.

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The Croft Institute

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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The Collection Bar

This is the place to pretend you're at your own apartment drinking cocktails and eating tapas, perched on what everyone believes is an authentic Eames.

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James Squire Brewhouse

Drop in on Sunday mornings for the church service before settling in for an afternoon of modern Australian cuisine and locally produced amber ales.

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Radio bar

Perch yourself by the front window and watch the passers-by with a morning coffee or a late-night beer, and pay homage to transistor radios of old.

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The Butterfly Club

Celebrate all that's camp with cabaret, stand-up comedy, musical theatre and even burlesque, accompanied by cocktails in the kitsch-crammed parlour.

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Chuckle Park

Pull up a stool at this converted caravan on the doorstep of New Guernica for an intoxicating blend of retro charm, cheeky attitude and city chic.

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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Morris Jones

Explore this two-storey drinking and dining palace and its sprawling rear courtyard when you're jonesing for after-work eats or kick-off cocktails.

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Thomas Olive

Hidden at the end of a narrow corridor above Collingwood's popular St Crispin, Thomas Olive is all mood lighting, twenties jazz and Parisien detail.

Restaurants

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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Murmur

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 Order of Melbourne

Grab a comfy booth in the hunting club surrounds of the main club or hit the rooftop bar for some 'South Pacific' vibes and city views.

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