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Experience Melbourne's vibrant bar scene. 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 by installation art, or chow down on a late night snack.



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Wine bars

Eight of the best

Kirk's Wine Bar

Enjoy the best of the City Wine Shop and the European at the other end of town at Kirk's Wine Bar.


Learn the stories of Fitzroy in Andrew McConnell's Gertrude Street wine bar for serious wine lovers.


As intimate as its name suggests, Smalls bar serves up small-scale wines and bite-sized morsels.


Taste further evidence of the Town Mouse team's recipe for success at a welcoming city wine bar.

Bar Lourinhã

Tuck into Med-inspired tapas and very good vino at Matt McConnell's joint on Little Collins.

Gerald's Bar

Visit an award winning bar, with knowledgeable staff, daily menu and an extensive drinks list.

City Wine Shop

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the wine connoisseurs and treasure trove of grape varietals.

Bar Liberty

'A place for everyone, to drink everything' is what the owners call it. Sounds good to us.

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Laneway bars

Eight of the best

Bar Ampere

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

The Croft Institute

Kitted out with items from a de-commissioned hospital, Croft offers a clinical approach to partying.

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.

Berlin Bar

Go East or West at this divided bar: spartan and functional or chintzy jazz age kitsch. You decide.

Eau de Vie

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


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

Bar Americano

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

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Cocktail bars

Eight of the best


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

Gin Palace

Gin Palace is a laneway cocktail bar where, naturally, gin's the star.

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 Everleigh

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


A neon-lit dive bar with sophisticated service and drinks that'll pull at your heartstrings.

The Black Pearl

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


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

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Rooftop bars

Eight of the best

Goldilocks Bar

Find a seat that's just right and order a tasty cocktail at this fairytale rooftop bar.

Transit Rooftop Bar

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


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


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

Good Heavens

Fancy Hanks has a new rooftop neighbour and it’s all about colourful drinks and smash-and-grab eats.

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.

Naked in the Sky

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

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Bill's Bar

When your drinking whim turns from beer to top-shelf liquor, head out back at Huxtaburger to speakeasy-style Bill's Bar, brought to you by the Huxtacrew.


Above Board

Hayden Lambert (ex head bartender at Bar Americano) is the perfect host for a sublime cocktail experience with an intimate dinner party feel.



Sing loud your praise for Cookie, the Curtin House bar that mixes beer hall with hidden cocktail lounge and palazzo balconies plus terrific Thai food.


Whitehart Container Bar

Get your Melbourne on with craft beer and cocktails at this two-storey container bar located in a converted car park nestled at the end of CBD laneway.



Howl at the moon from the enormous beer garden or nestle into cosy booths inside for beats, an impressive beer list and an Asian-tapas style bar menu.


Mesa Verde

Play your part in this ode to the Latin American cantina and sample a blistering array of tequilas and Mesoamerican-inspired cocktails and bar fare.


Go Go Bar

Go-go below to the cocktail bar beneath Chin Chin, with its DIY Champagne cocktails, delicious bar-snack menu and melancholic neon sign.


Rooftop at QT

Nestled amongst Melbourne's ever-expanding city skyline, quench your thirst while taking in the heart and soul of Melbourne from above at QT Rooftop.


The Public Bar

Seven days in a week and seven reasons to spend them at The Public Bar, one of Melbourne's classic boozers featuring trivia, comedy, and live music.


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.


Loch and Key

Very late-night cocktails and moreish bar snacks out on the deck or in the cosy wood cabin bar above the Captain Melville pub.


Magic Mountain Saloon

This saloon swings open its doors from early morning till early morning, serving up mod Thai-Oz fare that'll have you thinking islands, not mountains.


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