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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.

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 Everleigh

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

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.

Lily Blacks

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

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

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.

Misty Place

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

Bar Americano

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

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.

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

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.

Naked in the Sky

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

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.

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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

Madame Brussels

Sip on quaint pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the Madame's whimsical ambience.

Rooftop Bar

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

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The Workers Club

Hard day at work? The two bars, hearty kitchen and rockin' roster of live music here will fix your ills and evoke images of the Fitzroy of old.

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Uncle

Meet your new favourite uncle, and enjoy modern, authentic Vietnamese food, al fresco rooftop dining, cocktails and craft brews in Carlisle Street.

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Pawn & Co.

Wanna buy the bar stool you met your new beau on? Take a seat, slam down one of the absinthe cocktails and check the price tag. Anything else?

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The Retreat

Boasting a cosy front bar, massive beer garden and dance hall/band room, The Retreat is cherished by all who pass beneath her faded façade.

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Prahran Hotel

Classic pub fare and an expansive beer garden pair with the striking new building design to ensure this 'reborn' pub remains a well-loved local.

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St Hotel

Sanctify your session with a tipple upstairs or down in the public bar or social and supper clubs. Stay around for knockout Thai in the dining room.

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Eau de Vie

When your bartender has to don gloves and goggles to prepare your cocktail of choice, you know that this is something they take very seriously.

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Munich Brauhaus

Pull up a pew in the large beer hall and sample the Munich Haus signature lager or take your pick a series of exclusively imported Bavarian biers.

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The Wesley Anne

Congregate with devoted regulars in the sprawling beer garden, elegant dining room or vibrant bandroom of this holiest of northern watering holes.

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Father's Office

Absorb the vintage decor and prohibition era atmosphere while you feast on an Americana menu boasting buffalo wings and steaks bigger than your face.

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Mesa Verde

Play your part in this ode to the Latin American cantina and sample a blistering array of tequilas and Mesoamerican-inspired cocktails and bar fare.

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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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