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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.

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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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The Everleigh, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Everleigh

Fitzroy

For a night out full of speakeasy charm, oh-so-knowledgeable barkeeps and impeccable cocktails, head down to The Everleigh on Gertrude Street.

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Morris Jones, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Morris Jones

Windsor

Explore this two-storey drinking and dining palace and its sprawling rear courtyard when you're jonesing for after-work eats or kick-off cocktails.

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Transit, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Transit Cocktail Lounge

Melbourne

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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Prahran Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Prahran Hotel

Prahran

Classic pub fare and an expansive beer garden pair with the striking new building design to ensure this 'reborn' pub remains a well-loved local.

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Bond St Wine Bar, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

Bond Street Wine Bar

South Yarra

Peruse a boutique international wine list at this stylish yet understated Italian cafe-diner offering a range of unpretentious fare. A narrow haven.

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Savoy Tavern, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Savoy Tavern

Melbourne

The Savoy is the meeting place of choice for footy crowds, commuters awaiting trains, after-work drink crews, and those who love a good old pub meal.

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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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Great Northern Hotel, North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Great Northern

North Carlton

Set amid the tree-lined streets of North Carlton, this reinvigorated classic has been keeping the locals refreshed since its opening way back in 1883.

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Mr Wow's Emporium, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mr Wow's Emporium

Fitzroy

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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Troika, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Troika

Melbourne

Troika's sharp but unobtrusive interiors remain enduringly popular with artists and designers alike - a typically bold Melbourne speakeasy.

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Borsch Vodka and Tears, Prahran, Victoria, Australia

Borsch Vodka and Tears

Prahran

Choose from over 100 varieties of vodka, balanced with authentic (and delicious) peasant food, at this bohemian Polish bar and restaurant.

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Siglo, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Siglo

Melbourne

Climb the grand staircase to a place of beautiful wines, international beers and late-night snacks - all with views of grand, floodlit architecture.

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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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LuWOW, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The LuWow

Fitzroy

In the mood for an island adventure? Head through the gates of The LuWow and step into another world. Think bongo drums, tikis, bones and hula girls.

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Murmur, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Murmur

Melbourne

Turn off Little Bourke and ascend the narrow staircase to emerge in a boutique drinking den of ironwork, distressed walls and Chesterfield sofas.

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Union Club Hotel, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Union Club Hotel

Fitzroy

Even before Offspring made it a small screen celebrity, this great local knew how to pull a crowd: good booze, good food, a beer garden and a pool table.

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Acland St. Cantina, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Acland Street Cantina

St Kilda

Kick start your day with a single origin brew and breakfast tortilla or swing by after the daily grind for gluten-free pizza and house red.

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Brunswick Green, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

Brunswick Green

Brunswick

Down a pint in the glow of the fireplace or chat with friends out back in the sprawling, plant-filled beer garden, complete with live music.

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Slowbeer, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Slow Beer

Richmond

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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Nieuw Amsterdam, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Nieuw Amsterdam

Melbourne

New American cuisine ditches the dude food tag and gets sophisticated at this New York-style bar/eatery, with Michael Roszbach (ex Cookie) in charge.

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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 Nelson, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: Tom Blachford

The Nelson

St Kilda

Nod to the naval legend and imbibe a drop of Nelson's blood from an impressive list – the Nelson stocks rum from more than twenty countries. Yo ho ho.

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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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New Gold Mountain, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

New Gold Mountain

Melbourne

Take a measure of 1920s Hong Kong glamour, mix with two parts opium den, shake it all up, and you get this very decadent boudoir-like laneway bar.

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White Rabbit Record Bar, Kensington, Victoria, Australia

White Rabbit Record Bar

Kensington

Enjoy laidback tunes in the play retro interior or cool courtyard of this cafe/bar/record store/club. Embrace the bunny theme with a 'Donnie Darko'.

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Captain Baxter, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Captain Baxter

St Kilda

The Captain's come ashore. Named after one of St Kilda's founding fathers, Captain Baxter offers ocean views from an elevated deck and cocktail bar.

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Spice Market, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spice Market

Melbourne

Sip late-night cocktails and nibble on Middle Eastern bar snacks in this decadent basement bar. Nestle into private booths or hit the dance floor.

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No35

Melbourne

Dine out on the views over Melbourne from the 35th floor of the Sofitel, as well as impeccably cooked local produce with a focus on simplicity.

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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 Order of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Order of Melbourne

Melbourne

Grab a comfy booth in the hunting club surrounds of the main club or hit the rooftop bar for some 'South Pacific' vibes and city views.

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99 Problems, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

99 Problems

Collingwood

Forget your problems with a bottle of wine or a pint of cider while admiring the incredible murals by Rohan Newman, or enjoy the cute outdoor space.

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Pawn & Co, Prahran, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Pawn & Co.

Prahran

Wanna buy the bar stool you met your new beau on? Take a seat, slam down one of the absinthe cocktails and check the price tag. Anything else?

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Wolf's Lair, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wolf's Lair

Carlton

Cosy up downstairs or soak up a sunny afternoon with jugs of summery cocktails and gourmet pizzas at one of Melbourne's most well-hidden rooftop bars.

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City Wine Shop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

City Wine Shop

Melbourne

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the treasure trove of bottled delights, a favourite haunt for wine connoisseurs at the top end of town.

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Sweatshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sweatshop

Melbourne

Head down to this basement bar for imaginative cocktails and imported beers. No sweat. And if there is, there are West Coast Coolers on offer. True.

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Brooks of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brooks of Melbourne

Melbourne

Just like your imaginary personal butler, Brooks will scratch your itch, whether you're hankering for a snack and a cocktail or a five-course meal.

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Little Blood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Little Blood Tequila Bar

Fitzroy

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 Red Hummingbird, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Red Hummingbird

Melbourne

A little red birdcage marks the spot for this hard-to-find, rooftop bar with killer cocktails. It's a perfect aviary for a tipple all year round.

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Agraba Bar and Mezze, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Agraba Bar and Mezze

North Melbourne

Settle in for a few dangerously good cocktails with authentic Lebanese mezze and old-school tunes. BYO vinyl - if they dig it, they'll spin it.

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Pole Pole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Polē Polē

Melbourne

Why not try some biltong instead of nuts with your Kenyan beer? At Polé Polé the bar snacks are delicious and the beer list span across Africa.

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Young and Jackson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Young & Jackson

Melbourne

From footy fans and visiting performers to out-of-towners and locals, everyone's had a beer at the Young and Jackson, home of the famous Chloe.

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Dogs Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dogs Bar

St Kilda

Turn off Acland Street and drink with the locals at Dogs Bar, a true neighbourhood wine bar and a St. Kilda institution, established way back in 1989.

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The Beaufort, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Beaufort

Carlton

If you've just stepped off a fishing boat in search of rum and pickles, this self-proclaimed nautical dive bar in Carlton is the place for you.

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Brutale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Brutale

Melbourne

Bust the potato and vodka stereotypes with a menu featuring diverse culinary offerings from across Eastern Europe and lashings of Croatian wine.

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London Tavern Hotel, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The London Tavern

Richmond

See for yourself that footy crowds can indeed go hand-in-hand with top pub food and an increasingly rare local vibe at Richmond's London Tavern.

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The Rum Diary Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Rum Diary Bar

Fitzroy

Looking for a place to show off those new sailor tattoos or just cool down with a quiet mojito? The Rum Diary Bar could be your kind of place.

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Back Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Back Bar

Windsor

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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Prince Alfred, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

Prince Alfred

Richmond

Hit the long front bar for an evening of boutique beer sipping or roll out into the busy beer garden tailor-made for afternoons in the sun.

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Eau De Vie, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Eau de Vie

Melbourne

When your bartender has to don gloves and goggles to prepare your cocktail of choice, you know that this is something they take very seriously.

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Blue Diamond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Blue Diamond

Melbourne

A hidden jewel in Melbourne's bar tiara, the Blue Diamond is a sultry cocktail hideout with a view, concealed on the 15th floor of an office building.

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