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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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Eight of the best

Wine bars

Smalls

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

Bar Liberty

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

Gerald's Bar

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

Embla

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

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.

Bar Lourinhã

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

City Wine Shop

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

Marion

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

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Eight of the best

Laneway bars

The Croft Institute

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

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.

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.

Bar Ampere

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

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Eight of the best

Cocktail bars

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.

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.

Gin Palace

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

Double Happiness

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

1806

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

Heartbreaker

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

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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.

Wolf's Lair

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

Good Heavens

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

Transit Rooftop Bar

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

Goldilocks Bar

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

Bomba

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

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.

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Kodiak Club

Dig into US-style food in grown-up surrounds, accompanying American classics like Buffalo Wings, BBQ ribs and poutine with a huge choice of cocktails.

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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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Tonka

Let the team behind Coda tempt you with their Indian-inspired menu lauded by both The Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.

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Whisky and Alement

Whisky and Alement is Melbourne city’s longest running whisky bar, serving an overwhelming collection of over 750 whiskies. The extensive menu is...

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Pascale Bar & Grill

Dress up to play dinner and expect an expansive mod-Euro menu with exquisite desserts at this fine dining bistro at the oh-so-boutique QT hotel.

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Transit Rooftop Bar

Located above the popular Transport bar at Fed Square, Transit is all plush reds, wood panelling and leather lounges. Did we mention the live jazz?

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Milk the Cow

Impress a date at this late night fromagerie and choose from over 70 cheeses, expertly matched with a range of local and international wines.

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Bar DANSK

Soak up the minimalist design synonymous with Danish interiors and experience a little piece of Copenhagen overlooking bustling Little Bourke.

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Little Blood Tequila Bar

Step inside this Mexican saloon and sample Melbourne's best range of tequila. Have it straight up or explore the myriad versions on a theme.

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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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Uncle St Kilda

Meet your new favourite uncle, and enjoy modern, authentic Vietnamese food, al fresco rooftop dining, cocktails and craft brews in Carlisle Street.

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Hats and Tatts

Get studying at the 450-strong booze library in this South Melbourne frat-house dive bar. You'll find a laid-back vibe here that's hard to replicate.

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