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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

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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

Rooftop Bar

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

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.

Bomba

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

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 Ampere

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

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.

Bar Americano

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

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.

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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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The Wesley Anne

Congregate with devoted regulars in the sprawling beer garden, elegant dining room or vibrant bandroom of this holiest of northern watering holes.

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Captain Baxter

The Captain's come ashore. Named after one of St Kilda's founding fathers, Captain Baxter offers ocean views from an elevated deck and cocktail bar.

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Shebeen

Drink to the future at the newly opened Shebeen – a non-profit bar that sends profits back to aid projects in each drink's country of origin.

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Bar Nacional

A riot of Spanish dishes, coupled with an expansive bar, Bar Nacional ticks all the boxes for a food adventure in the heart of Melbourne.

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Meyers Place

At the vanguard of the city's hole-in-the-wall laneway bar scene way back when, Meyers Place is still a favourite for arty folks and suits alike.

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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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Gerald's Bar

An award-winning Melbourne drinking den where the supremely knowledgeable waiters serve up rustic Italian bites and fine wines of impeccable pedigree.

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The Red Hummingbird

A little red birdcage marks the spot for this hard-to-find, rooftop bar with killer cocktails. It's a perfect aviary for a tipple all year round.

Restaurants

Bomba

Tuck into simple, affordable Spanish tapas and a lean into the bar that’s so well stocked with vermouth you'll have to stay for a rooftop cocktail.

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Kirk's Wine Bar

Enjoy the best bits of the City Wine Shop and the European at the other end of town at Kirk's Wine Bar, like fine wines, cheese plates and bistro food.

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.

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