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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

Bomba

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

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.

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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

Naked in the Sky

Sample the Basque region's famous comfort food on the terrace of this popular Fitzroy restaurant.

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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Eight of the best

Cocktail bars

Eau de Vie

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

1806

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

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

Lily Blacks

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

The Black Pearl

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

The Everleigh

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

Hihou

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

Bar Americano

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

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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.

Ferdydurke

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

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.

Section 8

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

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.

Misty Place

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

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Madame Brussels

Sip pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the whimsical ambience of Alice in Wonderland meets Alice in Accounts with magical city views.

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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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Radio bar

Perch yourself by the front window and watch the passers-by with a morning coffee or a late-night beer, and pay homage to transistor radios of old.

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The Black Pearl

If bar tending was an academic pursuit, this would be Harvard, Yale and Oxford combined. Come weekdays for cosy catch ups; weekends are hectic.

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Alumbra

Start your evening by watching the sunset over Victoria Harbour with a cocktail in hand - it will make you a Docklands convert, perched on silk cushions.

Restaurants

Izakaya Den

Watch the chefs behind the bar as they artfully slice up tasty morsels, while roaming waiters pour imported Japanese beers or cool, dry sakes.

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Lily Blacks

Late night closing every day of the week means finishing a night out with a classic cocktail at Lily's isn't just a possibility, it's inevitable.

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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.

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Little Creatures Dining Hall

Enjoy a little tipple from the brewery's fine selection of ales at this cavernous Fitzroy dining hall and bar. On the go? There's a bottle shop too.

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Black Cat

A lounge-room-style cafe by day, this cosy bar gets crowded with DJs and drinkers at night. Its beer garden is seriously coveted real estate.

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The Beaufort

If you've just stepped off a fishing boat in search of rum and pickles, this self-proclaimed nautical dive bar in Carlton is the place for you.

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The Local Taphouse

Find beer lovers' nirvana with a wide range of rare brews to be supped from armchairs and Chesterfields, and gastro pub style fare in the dining room.

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