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Experience Melbourne's eclectic spirit with a night out exploring the wonderful nightspots peppering the city's streets and laneways.

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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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Mesa Verde, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mesa Verde

Melbourne

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.

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The Wilde, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Wilde

Fitzroy

Enjoy an inspired evening at The Wilde or 'bar le transformateur', an ever-evolving bar and restaurant full of art, pianos and projector screens.

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Bar Economico, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Alicia Taylor

Bar Economico

Richmond

Welcome to Bar Economico, a rum house inspired by the 'dirty drinking holes' of Latin America, with a shanty ticket booth and rum by the boatload.

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Bar Ampere, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bar Ampere

Melbourne

Bar Ampere has all the absinthe, vermouth and amaro you need to kick start your evening and an all-night kitchen to keep you going till the wee hours.

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Robot, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Robot

Melbourne

Fusing Astro Boy, Voltron memorabilia and manga with a slick sake and cocktail menu, Robot will bring memories of after school TV flooding back.

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Bar Lourinha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bar Lourinhã

Melbourne

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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Go Go Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Go Go Bar

Melbourne

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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The Croft Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Croft Institute

Melbourne

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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Mi Corazon Tequila Bar, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia

Mi Corazon Tequila Bar

Brunswick East

Forget the past and make like a real aficianado with Mi Corazon's range of boutique, upscale tequilas and authentic, south of the border culinary fare.

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The Workers Club, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

The Workers Club

Fitzroy

Hard day at work? The two bars, hearty kitchen and rockin' roster of live music here will fix your ills and evoke images of the Fitzroy of old.

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Bellota Wine Bar, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bellota Wine Bar

South Melbourne

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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The Meatball and Wine Bar, Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Meatball and Wine Bar

Collingwood

Meatball and Wine Bar's DIY-style menu caters to vegetarians as well as meat lovers. Pair your rich meatball dishes with an organic Italian wine.

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Rooftop Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Rooftop Bar

Melbourne

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

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Grumpy's Green, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Grumpy's Green

Fitzroy

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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The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Evelyn

Fitzroy

Discover the best of the Fitzroy pub scene under one roof – comfy sofas and beer garden by day, sticky carpets, crowds and heaving moshpit by night.

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Misty Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Misty Place

Melbourne

One of the city's original laneway bars, Misty continues to churn out cocktails and good vibes to anyone who's wily enough to remember where it is.

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Town Hall Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Town Hall Hotel

North Melbourne

A local that knows how to be a pub. No fickle style changes here as, thankfully, the renovators have been kept away from this North Melbourne gem.

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Mountain Goat Brewery, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Mountain Goat Brewery

Richmond

If you could buy a brewery a beer you should definitely get one in for Mountain Goat, the local success story behind an explosion of excellent beers.

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Biero Bar, Windsor, Victoria, Australia

Biero Bar

Melbourne

With over 100 amazing beer varieties available 'on tap' and 100ml tastings available, Biero is the perfect place embark on your beer journey.

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Rrose Bar, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Rrose

North Melbourne

Small, cosy and well rrad. The actual bar here offers the kind of counter space that home chefs dream of. Behind that is a vista the rest of us dream...

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Hihou, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hihou

Melbourne

Take your drinking to a new level of sophistication at this decadent Japanese-influenced bar and lounge offering libation with unmatched elegance.

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Fitzroy Beer Garden, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Fitzroy Beer Garden

Fitzroy

Take a break from the galleries, boutiques and bookstores lining Gertrude Street and settle in for an ice cold beer in the leafy beer garden.

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Gun Street Girls at the Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Carbie Warbie

The Esplanade Hotel

St Kilda

AC to the DC with a dose of grit and guitars at the 100-year-old Espy, with its welcome rock, bands, tattoos, steak, beer, and stunning bayside views.

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Mr Wilkinson, Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia

Mr Wilkinson

Brunswick East

Named after Brunswick's founding father and sleek with recycled timber, black steel and charcoal grey, it's is a smart local for the smart locals.

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Transport, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Transport

Melbourne

Duck in for a quiet drink before boarding the train or kick start your night out at this Fed Square favourite, opposite Flinders Street Station.

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Black Cat, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Black Cat

Fitzroy

A lounge-room-style cafe by day, this cosy bar gets crowded with DJs and drinkers at night. Its beer garden is seriously coveted real estate.

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Section 8, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Section 8

Melbourne

So much more than two shipping containers in a car park, Section 8 is where Melburnians go for unpretentious drinks and delectable audio offerings.

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Howler, Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Howler

Brunswick

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.

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The Local Taphouse, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

The Local Taphouse

St Kilda

Find beer lovers' nirvana with a wide range of rare brews to be supped from armchairs and Chesterfields, and gastro pub style fare in the dining room.

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Munich Brauhaus, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Munich Brauhaus

South Wharf

Pull up a pew in the large beer hall and sample the Munich Haus signature lager or take your pick a series of exclusively imported Bavarian biers.

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The Boatbuilders Yard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Boatbuilders Yard

South Wharf

While away the afternoon, enjoy an after-work beer in the sun, or tuck into snacks from the BBQ at this city favourite next to the Polly Woodside.

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Boney, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Boney

Melbourne

Catch local heroes in the upstairs bandroom, making the most of the filling meals and tasty snacks to power you through the infamous 2am live slot.

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Sister Bella, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sister Bella

Melbourne

Prolong student days at this boho townhouse facsimile, enjoying happy hour in cushy booths over philosophical chats, and mac and cheese for nostalgia.

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James Squire Brewhouse, Docklands, Victoria, Australia

James Squire Brewhouse

Docklands

Drop in on Sunday mornings for the church service before settling in for an afternoon of modern Australian cuisine and locally produced amber ales.

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No. 8 by John Lawson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

No. 8 by John Lawson

Southbank

Savour the delicacies of regional produce at the Crown complex. At No. 8 by John Lawson, seasonal local produce gets the fine-dining treatment.

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The Melbourne Supper Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Melbourne Supper Club

Melbourne

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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Naked for Satan, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Naked for Satan

Fitzroy

Fill a plate with pintxos (tapas-style morsels), order a house-infused vodka cocktail and tally your toothpicks at the end of the night for the bill.

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Village Brasserie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Village Melbourne

Melbourne

Choose from a list of local and imported craft beers and complement your ales with simple brasserie meals designed to be shared with friends.

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Bosisto's Liquor Bar, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Bosisto's Liquor Bar

Richmond

Get good and cosy at this old-school Italian brunch spot and wine bar from the team behind Double Happiness and New Gold Mountain. A Richmond retreat.

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Southpaw, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Southpaw

Fitzroy

A bar away from your bar fridge, this Fitzroy watering hole - complete with fireplace and Astroturf patio - is a drinker's haven day and night.

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Kent Street Bar and Cafe, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Kent Street Bar and Cafe

Fitzroy

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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The Night Cat, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Night Cat

Fitzroy

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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Windsor Castle, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Windsor Castle

Prahran

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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Campari House, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Campari House

Melbourne

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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St Hotel, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

St Hotel

St Kilda

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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Bomba, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

Bomba

Melbourne

Tuck into simple, affordable Spanish tapas and a lean into the bar that’s so well stocked with vermouth you'll have to stay for a rooftop cocktail.

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Kodiak Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kodiak Club

Fitzroy

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 Prince, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

The Prince

St Kilda

Get royally raucous in the iconic public bar of this St Kilda institution or catch major local and international acts in the bandroom upstairs.

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Fourteen Nights At Sea, Old Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Old Bar

Fitzroy

Stop in for a beer and find everything from snotty punk and country twang to indie pop and acoustic jangles at this much-loved piece of old-Fitzroy.

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