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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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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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Berlin Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Berlin Bar

Melbourne

Choose a side in this hard-to-find bar divided to represent East and West Berlin: spartan and functional or chintzy jazz age kitsch. You decide.

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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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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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The Woods of Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Woods of Windsor

Windsor

Step inside and be transported to a 1900s speakeasy with over 50 single malts on the menu, and gramophones and taxidermy aplenty.

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Teriyaki Anarchy Sake, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Teriyaki Anarchy Sake

Collingwood

Stop in for a crisp beer and yakitori (chicken skewers) at Collingwood's own Japanese teriyaki den. Tempt fate with a 'Bloody Hugo Hates Me' cocktail.

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The Catfish, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Catfish

Fitzroy

Bringing great booze, great food and great tunes to the masses is an aim shared by many bars, but not many bars get it as spot on as Catfish does.

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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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The Merrywell, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Merrywell

Southbank

Wrap your laughing gear around the contender for Melbourne's best burger at Crown's expansive gastro-pub, which also boasts an epic cocktail list.

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Bill's Bar, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bill's Bar

Collingwood

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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The Aviary, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia

The Aviary

Abbotsford

A stylish bar and restaurant perfectly positioned in Melbourne's 'Little Saigon'. Dine in elegant style or opt for laidback tunes in the beer garden.

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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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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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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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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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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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The Black Pearl, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

The Black Pearl

Fitzroy

If bar tending was an academic pursuit, this would be Harvard, Yale and Oxford combined. Come weekdays for cosy catch ups; weekends are hectic.

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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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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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Markov, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Markov

Carlton

Welcome beer, cider and comfort food. The Markov menu places fun and affordability over fancy and finicky – and the punters couldn't be happier.

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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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Radio Bar, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Radio bar

Fitzroy

Perch yourself by the front window and watch the passers-by with a morning coffee or a late-night beer, and pay homage to transistor radios of old.

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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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The Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The Carlton

Melbourne

Grab a drink and explore the ever-expanding line-up of bars, rooftop palm trees and gallery spaces, resembling an opulent vertical maze for grown-ups.

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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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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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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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Ponyfish Island, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Ponyfish Island

Melbourne

Clinging to a pylon beneath the pedestrian bridge over the Yarra to Southbank, you'll find a pop-up oasis of beer, coffee and tasty toasties.

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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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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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My Disco, The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

The Corner Hotel

Richmond

Join the locals queuing up to see international bands or local stalwarts most nights of the year at this classic Melbourne pub and live music venue.

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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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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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Seamstress, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Seamstress

Melbourne

Get stitched up with modern Cantonese food for dinner after aperitifs in the Indochine-style cocktail bar, finished with a nightcap in the basement.

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Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Workshop

Melbourne

Explore the private indoor spaces or enjoy the moonlit rooftop terrace of this great bar and cafe risen from the husk of an old motorbike workshop.

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Melbourne Wine Room, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne Wine Room

St Kilda

Treat yourself to an unforgettable night of Italian fine dining, Karen Martini-style, amid the old-world elegance of St Kilda's, The George.

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Primitive Calculators, Yah Yah's, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Carbie Warbie

Yah Yah's

Fitzroy

Decked out in red, this ramshackle boudoir venue and bar in the inner north has established itself as a champion of garage rock, soul and rockabilly.

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Red Bennies, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Red Bennies

South Yarra

Embrace the unconventional at Red Bennies, a multi-tier art deco theatre and bar, and a carnival of music, cabaret, comedy, circus and burlesque.

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Chuckle Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Chuckle Park

Melbourne

Pull up a stool at this converted caravan on the doorstep of New Guernica for an intoxicating blend of retro charm, cheeky attitude and city chic.

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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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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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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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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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Riverland, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Riverland

Melbourne

Walk down from Princes Bridge and join the merry throng along the banks of the Yarra River. Grab a beer, hit the BBQ and watch the boats go by.

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Collingwood World, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Collingwood World

Fitzroy

Map your way to the discreet upstairs Smith Street doorway of this moody, understated, very Melbourne bar serving single malts alongside wine and beer.

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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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The Retreat, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

The Retreat

Brunswick

Boasting a cosy front bar, massive beer garden and dance hall/band room, The Retreat is cherished by all who pass beneath her faded façade.

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1806, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1806

Melbourne

From the mirrored tiles and velvet curtains to the gleaming chandeliers and historic drinking paraphernalia, 1806 is a loving shrine to the cocktail.

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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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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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