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Things we love:

Neighbours, nuff said.
There are more music venues than in Austin, Texas.
Before Melbourne was Melbourne, it was called Batmania.
Vegemite was invented here.
The first gay and lesbian radio station in the world was in Melbourne.
The tram is also a restaurant and live music venue.
Holly Valance was born here.
It’s the world’s most liveable city.

Things we wish we’d known:

It’s an offence to sing a rude song within earshot of another person.
The stained glass ceiling in the National Gallery of Victoria is the largest in the world.
The ‘God Shot’ is the perfect espresso – good to know when chatting up the army of bearded baristas here. 
This is bike city. It’s flat and full of parks.
If Melbourne and Sydney were chicks, Melbourne is marriage material and Sydney’s a one night stand.

Best bars in Melbourne
Best bars in Melbourne
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1806
1806

Cocktails are the main event at this elegant old world bar. Giant chandeliers dangle from high ceilings and waist-coated bartenders brew up impressive concoctions with flames and weird tools. This place is a history lesson in good drinking. The menu Read More

Bad Frankie

At Melbourne’s original Aussie spirits bar, they’ve got their hands on locally crafted spirits from across the country and are shaking them up into some seriously badass cocktails. Championing the iconic jaffle – a sorta toasted sandwich, just trust us Read More

Bar Americano
Bar Americano

Poke your nose down an industrial-looking alleyway off one of Melbourne’s main drags, and you will be welcomed into this minute old American-style drinking salon (which is also a coffee bar from 8.30am-5pm). With an old wooden bar, three-piece copper drink Read More

Berlin Bar
Berlin Bar

Quite hard to find, you’ll need to spot the Berlin bear sign above the door to know you’re here, then press a green button and wait to be greeted. Once in, you have a choice: either stay classy in the Read More

Black Pearl
Black Pearl

Known as the Black Hole to many, this is where people end up when everywhere else is closed, and it’s easy to see why. A warm, cosy, family-run spot with blues, soul and modern swing music playing overhead, and brilliant, award-winning Read More

Eau De Vie
Eau De Vie

Another near impossible-to-find drinking operation, but that’s what we’re here for. Go past the French Brasserie on your left, try not to ask them for directions and take a sharp right through an unsigned doorway just before the stairs catch Read More

Gin Palace
Gin Palace

Luxurious décor, plush lounge seating and chilled vibes, this place is rocking some pretty special cocktails. As well as a killer list of over 200 gins to perfect the oh-so humble G&T, bartender Shaun Byrne is busy crafting his own Read More

Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker

Beer on tap, shots of whiskey and old school late night juke box sing-a-longs, this younger sister of classic cocktail den The Everleigh is all about good times and getting a little wild. They can still whip up a mean Read More

Hihou
Hihou

If you’re after a rambunctious time, Hihou is not the place for you. But if you’re thinking of an elegant evening then press that buzzer and get ready for this small bar to wow you with its attention to detail Read More

La Condesa
La Condesa

This Fitzroy tequila and taqueria is named after the bohemian quarter of Mexico, famous for its fashion, street art and epic bar scene, and though they’re not really rocking too many Aussie spirits behind the bar, they are definitely carrying Read More

Lily Blacks
Lily Blacks

Lily blacks brings to mind the saloons of yesteryears in the 20s. lively and at times raucous, it’s got the pedigree of a serious cocktail bar with the attitude of a fun loving hipster. Bar staff dispense service with a smile Read More

Madame Brussels
Madame Brussels

Alright, this place is a little bit puke-in-your-mouth with its leafy ceiling, astroturf under each table, pink walls and pretty garden furniture, but don’t let that put you off. With the occasional hen party, eccentric owner Miss Pearls will tell Read More

Mamasita
Mamasita

Almost hidden, this would be an easy spot to miss if it wasn’t for the throng of people queuing up outside. Man up, if you want a table here the chances are that you’re going to have to queue. It’ll Read More

Melbourne Supper Club
Melbourne Supper Club

Got the urge to drink truly impeccable wine at 4am and get the most astounding service to boot? These guys are here for you with their lofty ceilings, incredible staff and a wine bible that almost brings a tear to Read More

Naked for Satan & Naked in the Sky
Naked for Satan & Naked in the Sky

Sure, Naked for Satan is a cool bar. Specialising in vodka and pintxos, there’re huge copper stills in the window and they serve some twelve beers on tap, both local and imported craft brews, as well as artisan spirits from Read More

Nant Whisky Bar
Nant Whisky Bar

Like many famous Melbourne bars, Nant is tucked down one of the CBD’s small alleys and is a showcase for epic Tasmanian tucker, beers and whisky, obv, to match. Try some of their famous single malts in a flight or Read More

Ponyfish Island
Ponyfish Island

Wanna impress a visitor? Pony Fish Island is your friend. This small pub-like, ship-shaped bar sits at the bottom of a stone staircase under the South Yarra Bridge. You won’t find cocktails on the menu but you can drink excellent beers Read More

Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Bar

An epic view well worth conquering seven flights of stairs for. Elderly relatives may want to sit this one out. Unquestionably one of Melbourne’s best open-air bars, Rooftop Bar is perfect for a warm summer afternoon… catch some breeze on a Read More

Section 8
Section 8

Walk down an alley and into an old car park to find this bar, you’re in Melbourne now babes. Don’t expect anything classy: it’s all skinny jeans and hoodies here. Sit on one of the stacked up crates, barrels or old Read More

The Carlton
The Carlton

With its neon glowing doorway, multiple security guards and tourist-friendly location on Bourke Street, you’d think this was another mundane mainstream club. But it’s anything but. Welcome to this bizarre psychedelic safari with a little Copacabana thrown in for good Read More

The European
The European

The European’s a bit of a Melbourne institution: aptly named, we’re not quite sure if it feels French or Italian, but it’s definitively old school. Expect clusters of wooden chairs and paneling, soft candlelight and black & white tiled floors, Read More

The Everleigh
The Everleigh

This classy drinking parlour is where bartenders come to get gimmicky about cocktails, or where others pop in to show they’re in the know. Hidden above a cheeky diner, count the door numbers or you’ll walk straight on by. Upstairs there’s Read More

The Kodiak Club
The Kodiak Club

Bourbon, beer and chicken wings; think Americana with a little dollop of Australian thrown in. Prepare for a fun, late night hangout, guaranteed to provide an interesting night. From the extensive collection of American bourbon and rye whiskey to the Read More

Thomas Olive
Thomas Olive

A stupendous little bar reminiscent of a true speakeasy, this gem is located above one of Melbourne’s food meccas, Saint Crispin. Walk through the restaurant into the back courtyard, up a back staircase, down the hall and boom… you’re in a Read More

Toff In Town
Toff In Town

Take a creaking lift up two floors and you’ll end up in a dark room with a long faded gold bar. Bookable train carriage-like booths take up to six people and have sliding doors on them for extra privacy, oh Read More

Whisky and Alement
Whisky and Alement

Whisky groupies rejoice! Here lies heaven in a bar where the hallowed walls are lined with liquid gold and hell is not knowing where to start. Let the knowledgeable staff guide you through all 500 odd of their offerings, and Read More