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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

Lily Blacks

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

Bar Americano

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

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.

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.

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.

Bar Americano

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

Eau de Vie

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

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.

Berlin Bar

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Milk The Cow Carlton

Buckle up for a cheese flight, the perfect pairing of artisan cheese and boutique booze, at this late night licensed cheese shop in Lygon Street.

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Campari House

Find your floor at this chic restaurant-bar operating over four levels. Leisurely vintage lounge, mod-Italian restaurant or buzzing rooftop courtyard?

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Arbory

This train platform turned outdoor bar and eatery offers the perfect excuse to miss your next train, from espresso hour till espresso-martini hour.

Live music

The Old Bar

Stop in for a beer and find everything from snotty punk and country twang to indie pop and acoustic jangles at this much-loved piece of old-Fitzroy.

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Magic Mountain Saloon

This saloon swings open its doors from early morning till early morning, serving up mod Thai-Oz fare that'll have you thinking islands, not mountains.

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Heartattack and Vine

Choose tasty morsels from the chalkboard cicchetti menu and tipples from the Italian-leaning wine list at this compact Lygon Street wine bar and cafe.

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1806

From the mirrored tiles and velvet curtains to the gleaming chandeliers and historic drinking paraphernalia, 1806 is a loving shrine to the cocktail.

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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 Blue Diamond

A hidden jewel in Melbourne's bar tiara, the Blue Diamond is a sultry cocktail hideout with a view, concealed on the 15th floor of an office building.

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The Stone Hotel

You can practically taste unpretentious old Fitzroy as soon as you enter The Stone Hotel, where the beer is cold and the music is loud.

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Back Bar

Join a mixed hipster crowd sipping wine and designer cocktails on rich velvet sofas. Think sophisticated, lavish, old-world charm and chandeliers.

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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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