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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

1806

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

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.

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.

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

The Everleigh

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

The Black Pearl

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

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

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.

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.

Ferdydurke

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

Misty Place

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

Bar Ampere

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

Section 8

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

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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.

Bomba

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

Siglo

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

Rooftop Bar

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

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.

Goldilocks Bar

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

Naked in the Sky

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

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Craft breweries

Two Birds Brewing

Make drinking beer even more awesome at The Nest, with a menu designed to reward the hard-earned thirst gained by watching others hard at work brewing beer.

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Misty Place

One of the city's original laneway bars, Misty continues to churn out cocktails and good vibes to anyone who's wily enough to remember where it is.

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Nieuw Amsterdam

New American cuisine ditches the dude food tag and gets sophisticated at this New York-style bar/eatery, with Michael Roszbach (ex Cookie) in charge.

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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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Heartbreaker

A neon-lit dive bar with jukebox, pool table, craft beers and cocktails, The Everleigh's CBD sibling is bound to pull at your heartstrings.

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Pelican

Sick of the antique-lampshade-and-creaky-sofa school of interior design? No problem. Pull up a pew at Pelican and delve into the cocktail list.

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Bad Frankie

Bad Frankie reimagines Australian bar culture with a left-of-centre pairing of boutique, locally made spirits and gourmet jaffles. Try the lamington!

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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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Riva

Indulge in cocktails on the sweeping deck, seafood platters, Friday 'diva' DJs and sparkle-motion bayside views at this St Kilda bar and restaurant.

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Pixel Alley

Dust off your old Donkey King high score and prepare to blow it to bits at Pixel Alley, the Smith Street bar that boasts over 100 retro arcade games.

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Section 8

So much more than two shipping containers in a car park, Section 8 is where Melburnians go for unpretentious drinks and delectable audio offerings.

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The Catfish

Bringing great booze, great food and great tunes to the masses is an aim shared by many bars, but not many bars get it as spot on as Catfish does.

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