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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

Eau de Vie

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

The Black Pearl

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

Bar Americano

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

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

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.

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.

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

Bar Americano

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

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.

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.

Bar Ampere

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

Double Happiness

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

Misty Place

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

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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.

Transit Cocktail Lounge

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

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.

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.

Rooftop Bar

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

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Live music

The Corner Hotel

Join the locals queuing up to see international bands or local stalwarts most nights of the year at this classic Melbourne pub and live music venue.

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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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Royal Saxon

See why Richmond's historic Royal Saxon is now hailed as a prize-winning 'urban ruin' after a 2009 refurb by Melbourne designers Six Degrees.

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The Waiting Room

Neil Perry's first city bar, T.W.R, oozes style and sophistication. Cocktails are served in antique crystal and matched by the deluxe bistro menu.

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Night Cat

Get ready for a big night of dancing at The Night Cat, and be sure to head down early to catch live performances by local and touring artists.

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White Rabbit Record Bar

Enjoy laidback tunes in the play retro interior or cool courtyard of this cafe/bar/record store/club. Embrace the bunny theme with a 'Donnie Darko'.

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Green Park

Weekend dining, New Orleans jazz and kids' menus – the guys know the North Fitzroy demographic. Brekky, lunch or evening drinks, it's all you need.

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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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Windsor Castle

Leave the bustle of Chapel Street for this quirky, beloved bar, where a leafy courtyard and cosy, indoor nooks ensure an escape for all seasons.

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The Melbourne Supper Club

You just know a place is good when waiters go there for knock-off drinks. This favourite combines the city's longest wine list with a rooftop bar.

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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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Long Play

Make a play for the strapping wine list and delicious antipastos on offer at this understated bar and settle in on Sundays for cult cinema screenings.

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