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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 Black Pearl

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

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.

Hihou

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

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.

Eau de Vie

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

The Everleigh

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

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

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.

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'.

Section 8

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

Misty Place

Misty continues to churn out cocktails and good vibes to anyone wily enough to remember where it is.

Eau de Vie

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

Ferdydurke

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

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Eight of the best

Rooftop bars

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.

Madame Brussels

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

Wolf's Lair

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

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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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Goldilocks Bar

Goldilocks is an upstairs bar dripping with all the wonder and excitement of a fairy tale. Pick out a classic cocktail and let the adventures begin.

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P.J.O'Brien's Irish Pub

Located in the heart of Southgate, P. J. O'Brien's is one of Melbourne's longest standing authentic Irish pubs and a favourite destinations for...

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Misty Place

One of the city's original laneway bars, Misty continues to churn out cocktails and good vibes to anyone who's wily enough to remember where it is.

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Spice Market

Sip late-night cocktails and nibble on Middle Eastern bar snacks in this decadent basement bar. Nestle into private booths or hit the dance floor.

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Little Blood Tequila Bar

Step inside this Mexican saloon and sample Melbourne's best range of tequila. Have it straight up or explore the myriad versions on a theme.

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Cumulus Up

Kick back and sample the best of local and European wines in the designer interiors of this loft-style bar from the award-winning Cumulus Inc. team.

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Dogs Bar

Turn off Acland Street and drink with the locals at Dogs Bar, a true neighbourhood wine bar and a St. Kilda institution, established way back in 1989.

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Polē Polē

Why not try some biltong instead of nuts with your Kenyan beer? At Polé Polé the bar snacks are delicious and the beer list span across Africa.

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The Workers Club

Hard day at work? The two bars, hearty kitchen and rockin' roster of live music here will fix your ills and evoke images of the Fitzroy of old.

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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.

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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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