From the hottest laneway bars to regional watering holes with good grub, Melbourne and Victoria's bars and pubs are the place to be. Hit city and neighbourhood streets to find a great spot to grab a beer or sip a curated cocktail, or venture further afield in search of our state's best kept secrets.
Pull up a stool at a hidden bar, settle in for a feast at a corner pub or climb to the rooftop of a trendy late night haunt. In Melbourne, you can sip cocktails inspired by celebrated works of literature in two-storey fairytale-themed bar, StoryVille, where glowing toadstools sprout from the ground and giant books line the walls. Head to Naked for Satan in Fitzroy and soak up the indie vibe in the spacious downstairs lounge or get some fresh air on the rooftop as you indulge from dusk 'til late with small bites and infused vodkas.
For something more low-key, grab a parma and a pint at the Grosvenor Hotel in St Kilda, or catch you favourite acts live at The Tote in Collingwood.
Hearty pub feeds are a Victorian specialty, with historic venues like Belgrave's Micawber Tavern serving up soulful dishes in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, and pub classics served with a side of ocean views at Lorne Hotel along the iconic Great Ocean Road.
If oysters and cocktails by the seaside is more your vibe, the Portarlington Grand Hotel has recaptured the era when paddle steamers traversed Port Phillip Bay in its stylish atrium and outdoor dining areas. While those searching for award-winning cuisine in unexpected locales will fall in love with Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. Here, Executive Chef, Robin Wickens delights guests with a tasting menu dictated by fresh, local produce and a carefully curated wine menu.