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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

Wolf's Lair

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

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.

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.

Bomba

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

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.

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Eight of the best

Cocktail bars

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.

Lily Blacks

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

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.

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.

1806

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

It makes sense that Melbourne's most sophisticated cocktail bar is also one of the city's highest, looming over the city from the Rialto's 55th floor.

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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?

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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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 Wilde

Enjoy an inspired evening at The Wilde or 'bar le transformateur', an ever-evolving bar and restaurant full of art, pianos and projector screens.

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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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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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Town Hall Hotel

A local that knows how to be a pub. No fickle style changes here as, thankfully, the renovators have been kept away from this North Melbourne gem.

Restaurants

Pope Joan

Pope Joan's is the neighbourhood joint with more; a cosy cafe, bar, casual restaurant showcasing top local ingredients, and a produce store to boot.

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Howler

Howl at the moon from the enormous beer garden or nestle into cosy booths inside for beats, an impressive beer list and an Asian-tapas style bar menu.

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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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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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