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Late night bars

Armed with red paint and determination to ignore the rising sun? Night owls, Melbourne has a bar for you.

When you're marvelling at how the quick sundowner turned into a session, you're leaving work when everyone else is in snooze town or you're fighting a losing battle with jetlag, don't despair. There are plenty of places in Melbourne to tuck into a tipple while everyone else is tucked in bed. Sleek wine bars, sticky rock bars, bars upstairs, downstairs and in laneways – you just need to know where to look.

These CBD bars will keep the light on for you well after the last tram has gone home.

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Late night bars


Gin Palace

The original 90's laneway cocktail bar, Gin Palace draws a crowd from early doors to the early hours, with gin, naturally, the star.


Le Bon Ton

Letting the good times roll is easy, especially when Deep South specialties, all-night oysters and absinthe are involved.



Loosen up to house, hip hop and disco classics in the bar, hit the club for live performances, or tuck into cheap and cheerful bites at Boney Yum Yum.



Climb the grand staircase to a place of beautiful wines, international beers and late-night snacks - all with views of grand, floodlit architecture.

Live music

Cherry Bar

This old soul of the Melbourne scene was founded by the drummer of the Cosmic Psychos in 2000 and was a launch-pad for local heroes Jet and Airbourne.


Bar Ampere

Bar Ampere has all the absinthe, vermouth and amaro to kick start your evening and an all-night kitchen to keep you going till the wee hours.


The Melbourne Supper Club

You know a place is good when waiters go there for knock-off drinks. This favourite combines the city's longest wine list with a rooftop bar.


The Toff in Town

Take to the dimly lit train-carriage booths or Lynch-worthy bandroom. Or take Lindy Hop class. This bar pretty much knows what you need before you do.


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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