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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

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.

Hihou

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

1806

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

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.

Eau de Vie

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

Lily Blacks

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

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

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'.

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.

Bar Americano

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

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.

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Eight of the best

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.

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.

Naked in the Sky

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

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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

Wolf's Lair

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

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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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Time Out Fed Square

Where Melbourne Meets. Time Out Fed Square continues to be a favourite for Melbourne locals and visitors. Located in the centre of one of Melbourne’s...

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Workshop

Explore the private indoor spaces or enjoy the moonlit rooftop terrace of this great bar and cafe risen from the husk of an old motorbike workshop.

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Berlin Bar

Choose a side in this hard-to-find bar divided to represent East and West Berlin: spartan and functional or chintzy jazz age kitsch. You decide.

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Tonka

Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.

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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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Transit Cocktail Lounge

Located above the popular Transport bar at Fed Square, Transit is all plush reds, wood panelling and leather lounges. Did we mention the live jazz?

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Windsor Castle

Leave the bustle of Chapel Street for this quirky, beloved bar, where a leafy courtyard and cosy, indoor nooks ensure an escape for all seasons.

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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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Hihou

Take your drinking to a new level of sophistication at this decadent Japanese-influenced bar and lounge offering libation with unmatched elegance.

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Long Play

Make a play for the strapping wine list and delicious antipastos on offer at this understated bar and settle in on Sundays for cult cinema screenings.

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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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