Bars in Melbourne

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Melbourne’s nightlife is legendary. You’ll find Melburnians out in local pubs, at chichi cocktail venues, and in spaces so well hidden it can take so... Read More

Melbourne’s nightlife is legendary. You’ll find Melburnians out in local pubs, at chichi cocktail venues, and in spaces so well hidden it can take some investigative work to uncover the entrance. (For anyone who likes the thrill of the chase, Jungle Boy, Sister Bella, and Fall From Grace are all worth hunting down.) Sky-high views are a popular option—try Siglo and Naked in the Sky—as are low-key drinking dens with added entertainment, such as Howler and Shebeen.

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  • 1806

    It's easy to be distracted by the cabinets of antique cocktail equipment on display in this lush bar, with its sexy red accents, low lighting, and cozy... Read More

  • Arbory Bar & Eatery

    Wedged between a disused railway platform and the Yarra River, this all-day outdoor bar has been a favorite among locals since it opened in early 2015.... Read More

  • Bad Frankie

    Owner Sebastian Costello has created a uniquely Australian venue that serves only local spirit and jaffles (for the uninitiated, these are grilled... Read More

  • Bar Americano

    Americano is not only one of the smallest bars in Melbourne, but it's also one of the hardest to find. Tucked into a back alley, this Italian-inspired... Read More

  • Bar Ampère

    There is something akin to a film set about this Euro-style venue, which takes its design motif from its location atop an electricity substation.... Read More

  • Bar Clarine

    When the owners of Belle's Hot Chicken (yes, it's cooked in the cayenne-soaked Nashville style) noticed a lot of customer interest in natural wines ... Read More

  • Bar di Stasio

    Restaurateur and wine grower Ronnie Di Stasio has been part of the St Kilda scene for almost three decades. This light, bright space, with its marble... Read More

  • Bar Exuberante

    Concept bars run the risk of being too clever for their own good, but Melbourne's cocktail king, Matt Bax, has created the perfect balance of quirk and... Read More

  • Black Pearl

    For nearly 15 years, this upstairs-downstairs venue on one of Melbourne's most popular streets has been setting the cocktail benchmark. It's a dimly lit... Read More

  • Boilermaker House

    This whiskey house is the fourth venue from the popular Speakeasy house, and offers a number of delicious cocktails. Our favorite, the From the Solera,... Read More

  • Eau de Vie

    There is no sign to indicate arrival at this speakeasy-style lounge—it's simply a question of trusting your instincts and opening the large, unmarked... Read More

  • Geralds Bar

    Since 2006, this cozy wine bar has been serving the folks of Carlton and surrounds with no fuss or pretense. Owners Gerald Diffey and Mario Di Ienno... Read More

  • Goldilocks

    This playful rooftop bar is another hidden Melbourne treasure. To find it, duck into the ground-floor noodle shop and take the elevator up to the top... Read More

  • Heartbreaker

    Founder Michael Madrusan—the man behind the award-winning bar Everleigh—cemented his reputation as one of Melbourne’s mixology elite when he launched... Read More

  • Howler

    There are two sides to this venue, tucked at the back of car park. First is the partially covered beer garden, with tables separated by structures made... Read More

  • Joe Taylor

    This neighborhood haunt has more than 250 bottles spirits and liqueurs and a weekly rotating craft beer list. Try the Cuba Negra, a blend of carbonated... Read More

  • Kirk's Wine Bar

    Bustling Hardware Lane is known more for its fast food venues than for quality restaurants, but this cozy, sophisticated bar—housed in what was one of... Read More

  • Madame Brussels

    Melbourne's original garden party is still going strong on the rooftop of this city building. Outdoor furniture painted in pastel shades, AstroTurf, and... Read More

  • Noble Experiment

    Countertop casks announce the serious aging intentions of this drinking den. Its extensive list includes a page of barrel- and-bottle-aged specialties,... Read More

  • Shebeen

    Patrons can feel good about drinking up at this social-enterprise venture, where all profits are donated to charity organizations based in the country... Read More

  • Siglo

    When the laws in Victoria changed to confine smoking to outdoor areas only, many venues had to get creative. For the Melbourne Supper Club that meant... Read More

  • State of Grace

    Enter the restaurant State of Grace, head towards the back of the room, pull the correct book off of the shelf, and a door opens revealing a set of... Read More

  • The Everleigh

    Some of the folks involved in Milk and Honey, New York's acclaimed speakeasy-style bar, have brought their high standards and cocktail expertise to... Read More

  • Thomas Olive

    Thomas Olive can be easy to miss from the sidewalk. Enter Saint Crispin restaurant, and staff will point out the stairs leading up to this cocktail... Read More

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