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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

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.

Siglo

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

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.

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.

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Eight of the best

Cocktail bars

The Everleigh

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

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.

Hihou

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

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.

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

Eau de Vie

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

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

Ferdydurke

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

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.

Bar Ampere

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

Eau de Vie

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

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.

Bar Americano

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

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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.

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Campari House

Find your floor at this chic restaurant-bar operating over four levels. Leisurely vintage lounge, mod-Italian restaurant or buzzing rooftop courtyard?

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Back Bar

Join a mixed hipster crowd sipping wine and designer cocktails on rich velvet sofas. Think sophisticated, lavish, old-world charm and chandeliers.

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The Emerald Peacock

Preen your plumes for multiple levels of old-world luxe and vintage glamour at the Emerald Peacock’s elegant lounge, cocktail and rooftop bars.

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Mr Wow's Emporium

There's nothing to say but 'wow' at Mr Wow's Fitzroy Emporium, with its sweet cocktails, pool table, indoor bocce pitch, ping pong and bangin' DJs.

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Arbory

This train platform turned outdoor bar and eatery offers the perfect excuse to miss your next train, from espresso hour till espresso-martini hour.

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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.

Restaurants

Bar Lourinhã

Med-inspired tapas and very good vino rule at Matt McConnell's joint. Coming in at #78 in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards.

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Slow Beer

Sip your local beer or fancy imported ale at a leisurely pace, as Slow Beer is all about appreciation of the experience, character and ingredients.

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Kent Street Bar and Cafe

Friendly, relaxed and popular with the local hippies – this is the best of old time Smith Street. Grab a cheap beer and unwind on the outside tables.

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Ferdydurke

Head upstairs and perch on a bar stool for beers and beats. On the menu, meet Frank – a Polish frankenfurter cooked in a beer and sauerkraut broth.

Restaurants

Cookie

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.

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