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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

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.

1806

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

Bar Americano

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

Hihou

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

The Black Pearl

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

Eau de Vie

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

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

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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.

Section 8

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

Ferdydurke

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

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.

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'.

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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.

Madame Brussels

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

Rooftop Bar

A beloved Melbourne institution, Rooftop Bar is set seven storeys atop the popular Curtin House.

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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

Wolf's Lair

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

Siglo

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

Naked in the Sky

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

Bomba

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

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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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1806

From the mirrored tiles and velvet curtains to the gleaming chandeliers and historic drinking paraphernalia, 1806 is a loving shrine to the cocktail.

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Smalls

As intimate as its name suggests, Smalls bar pours wines from local and international small-scale vineyards and dishes up a menu of bite-sized morsels.

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The Standard

This is how things used to be. Have a pint in the public bar, down a steak, or relax with mates in the leafy beer garden.

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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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St Hotel

Sanctify your session with a tipple upstairs or down in the public bar or social and supper clubs. Stay around for knockout Thai in the dining room.

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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 Carlton

Grab a drink and explore the ever-expanding line-up of bars, rooftop palm trees and gallery spaces, resembling an opulent vertical maze for grown-ups.

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Joe's Shoe Store

Stroll up High Street to this bar stocked with old world wines and rare beers. Elbow some room at the bar or find a spot in the crowded backyard.

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The Woods of Windsor

Step inside and be transported to a 1900s speakeasy with over 50 single malts on the menu, and gramophones and taxidermy aplenty.

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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 Stone Hotel

You can practically taste unpretentious old Fitzroy as soon as you enter The Stone Hotel, where the beer is cold and the music is loud.

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