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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

The Black Pearl

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

Lily Blacks

Late night closing means finishing a night out with a classic cocktail at Lily's is inevitable.

Lui Bar, Vue de Monde

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

Hihou

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

Bar Americano

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

1806

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

The Everleigh

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

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

Section 8

Pull up a seat in his much-loved car park for unpretentious drinks and delectable audio offerings.

Bar Americano

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

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.

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.

Berlin Bar

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

Ferdydurke

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Goldilocks Bar

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

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Grumpy's Green

With a long list of local beers, rainwater-fuelled toilets and a purely vegetarian menu, Grumpy's leaves nary a carbon footprint on Smith Street.

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Riva

Indulge in cocktails on the sweeping deck, seafood platters, Friday 'diva' DJs and sparkle-motion bayside views at this St Kilda bar and restaurant.

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Bellota Wine Bar

Savour simple European staples that complement the excellent, exhaustive wine options – or buy a bottle from the conjoining Prince Wine Store.

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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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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 Stone Hotel

You can practically taste unpretentious old Fitzroy as soon as you enter The Stone Hotel, where the beer is cold and the music is loud.

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Alumbra

Located in the heart of Docklands, Alumbra is the perfect place to wind down. The recently renovated New York warehouse provides a modern and...

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St Hotel

Sanctify your session with a tipple upstairs or down in the public bar or social and supper clubs. Stay around for knockout Thai in the dining room.

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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.

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Rooftop Bar

Take in jaw-dropping views of the CBD skyline at Rooftop Bar, set seven storeys atop the popular Curtin House.

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The Bridge Hotel

Awake the adventurer within − the revamped Bridge Hotel is a maze of saloons and balconies, with a laneway running right through the middle.

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Joe's Shoe Store

Stroll up High Street to this bar stocked with old world wines and rare beers. Elbow some room at the bar or find a spot in the crowded backyard.

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