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Experience Melbourne's vibrant bar scene. 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 by installation art, or chow down on a late night snack.

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Wine bars

Eight of the best

Smalls

As intimate as its name suggests, Smalls bar serves up small-scale wines and bite-sized morsels.

Bar Lourinhã

Tuck into Med-inspired tapas and very good vino at Matt McConnell's joint on Little Collins.

Kirk's Wine Bar

Enjoy the best of the City Wine Shop and the European at the other end of town at Kirk's Wine Bar.

Bar Liberty

'A place for everyone, to drink everything' is what the owners call it. Sounds good to us.

Embla

Taste further evidence of the Town Mouse team's recipe for success at a welcoming city wine bar.

Marion

Learn the stories of Fitzroy in Andrew McConnell's Gertrude Street wine bar for serious wine lovers.

Gerald's Bar

Visit an award winning bar, with knowledgeable staff, daily menu and an extensive drinks list.

City Wine Shop

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the wine connoisseurs and treasure trove of grape varietals.

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Laneway bars

Eight of the best

Bar Ampere

Unwind in the futurist surrounds, sample the imaginative menu, or discover the 'swamp room'.

Eau de Vie

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

Berlin Bar

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

The Croft Institute

Kitted out with items from a de-commissioned hospital, Croft offers a clinical approach to partying.

Section 8

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

Double Happiness

Get double the usual happiness thanks to the cosy bar's Chinese-themed snacks, drinks and fun.

Bar Americano

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

Ferdydurke

Head upstairs and perch on a bar stool for beers and beats, and a menu of Polish frankenfurters.

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Cocktail bars

Eight of the best

Lui Bar, Vue de monde

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

Hihou

Take drinking to a new level of sophistication at this decadent Japanese-influenced bar and lounge.

Gin Palace

Gin Palace is a laneway cocktail bar where, naturally, gin's the star.

1806

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

Double Happiness

Get double the usual happiness thanks to the cosy bar's Chinese-themed snacks, drinks and fun.

The Black Pearl

If bar tending was an academic pursuit, The Black Pearl would be Harvard, Yale and Oxford combined.

Lily Blacks

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

The Everleigh

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

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Rooftop bars

Eight of the best

Transit Rooftop Bar

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

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.

Madame Brussels

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

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.

Good Heavens

Fancy Hanks has a new rooftop neighbour and it’s all about colourful drinks and smash-and-grab eats.

Goldilocks Bar

Find a seat that's just right and order a tasty cocktail at this fairytale rooftop bar.

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The Catfish

Bringing great booze, great food and great tunes to the masses is an aim shared by many bars, but not many bars get it as spot on as Catfish does.

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Back Alley Sally's

Set up by Jerome B. – the brains trust behind 1000 £ Bend – this low-key space dishes up burgers and toasties along with crafty beers and table vino.

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Embla

Bring an appetite along to the Town Mouse team's welcoming city wine bar, winner of Best New Restaurant in The Age Good Food Guide.

Restaurants

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Expect the unexpected and have a meal to remember at Heston Blumenthal's eponymous fine diner at Crown, the chef's first restaurant outside of the UK.

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Kodiak Club

Dig into US-style food in grown-up surrounds, accompanying American classics like Buffalo wings, BBQ ribs and poutine with a huge choice of cocktails.

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New Gold Mountain

Take a measure of 1920s Hong Kong glamour, mix with two parts opium den, shake it all up, and you get this very decadent boudoir-like laneway bar.

Streets

Melbourne Lane

Book in for memorable lunches at Embla, tuck into Armenian cuisine at Sezar, or relax at The Kelvin Club, where you can visit the in-house barber.

Cafes

Dr. Morse Bar & Eatery

Nestled in a quaint corner, Dr. Morse Bar & Eatery is a 19th century heaven boasting a scrummy menu - perfect break from the city bustle.

Local produce

Starward Distillery

Imbibe Starward's award-winning Melbourne single malts neat and in cocktails at the cellar door and see where the magic happens on a distillery tour.

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Chuckle Park

Pull up a stool at this converted caravan on the doorstep of New Guernica for an intoxicating blend of retro charm, cheeky attitude and city chic.

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TRAPT Bar and Escape Rooms

TRAPT is the first bar and escape room venue located in the heart of Melbourne's central business district. Designed for groups of up to eight...

Craft breweries

Temple Brewing Company

Beer is better with food, and the fine beer at Temple Brewing Company is matched by exceptional food made in house at the East Brunswick brewery's HQ.

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