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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 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.

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.

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

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.

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

Laneway bars

Section 8

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

Berlin Bar

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

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'.

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.

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.

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Eight of the best

Rooftop bars

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.

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.

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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

Siglo

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

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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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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The Prince

Get royally raucous in the iconic public bar of this St Kilda institution or catch major local and international acts in the bandroom upstairs.

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The Labour in Vain

Proudly local, proudly no-fuss, Fitzroy's Labour in Vain serves old-fashioned pub food, ice-cold beers and features free live music all weekend.

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Romeo Lane

Find love in the form of cocktails seductive enough to woo tastebuds from any side of the family divide at this laneway newcomer (formerly Von Haus).

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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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Acland Street Cantina

Kick start your day with a single origin brew and breakfast tortilla or swing by after the daily grind for gluten-free pizza and house red.

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Borsch Vodka and Tears

Choose from over 100 varieties of vodka, balanced with authentic (and delicious) peasant food, at this bohemian Polish bar and restaurant.

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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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Royal Saxon

See why Richmond's historic Royal Saxon is now hailed as a prize-winning 'urban ruin' after a 2009 refurb by Melbourne designers Six Degrees.

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Slow Beer

Sip your local beer or fancy imported ale at a leisurely pace, as Slow Beer is all about appreciation of the experience, character and ingredients.

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Brunswick Green

Down a pint in the glow of the fireplace or chat with friends out back in the sprawling, plant-filled beer garden, complete with live music.

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The Collection Bar

This is the place to pretend you're at your own apartment drinking cocktails and eating tapas, perched on what everyone believes is an authentic Eames.

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