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The Best Bars with Snacks to Track Down When You're Just a Little Bit Hungry

For when you don't want to eat a full meal, but could definitely down a fried chicken slider, a taco or two or some cheese and charcuterie.
By Lauren Vadnjal
March 28, 2019
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By Lauren Vadnjal
March 28, 2019
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  • Food & Drink

    The Recreation

    A Fitzroy North wine bar, bottle shop and bistro doing considered comfort food.

  • Food & Drink

    Neptune

    The Windsor restaurant has gone back to its roots, serving up stacks of seafood and Mediterranean eats.

  • Food & Drink

    Chin Chin

    'The Chris Lucas effect' has people lining up out the doors almost every day.

  • Food & Drink

    Bomba Rooftop

    The Spanish restaurant's rooftop serves up Catalan toasties and gin cocktails under the CBD stars.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rochester Hotel

    The Rochey is not just your average local pub.

  • Food & Drink

    The Corner Hotel

    A Richmond live music institution with a banging rooftop.

  • Food & Drink

    Vegie Bar

    This Brunswick Street institution shows no sign of slowing down.

  • Food & Drink

    The Carringbush Hotel

    This 130-year-old pub is now slinging meat-free meals, wine on tap and more than 21 beers.

  • Food & Drink

    Longsong

    Find killer bar food and creative cocktails up at this Thai-inspired Scott Pickett joint.

  • Food & Drink

    Milton Wine Shop

    The best spot in Malvern to buy a bottle to take away or enjoy a glass with a plate of cheese.

  • Food & Drink

    Hampton Wine Co.

    Great bar food and take away wines on a sleepy strip in Hampton.

  • Food & Drink

    Neighbourhood Wine

    With a history steeped in Melbourne Mafia, this wine bar brings a cosy, speakeasy-style space to Fitzroy North.

  • Food & Drink

    Embla

    Raise a glass to Melbourne’s wine bar renaissance.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Ampere

    End your night with French aperitifs and raclettes at this Parisian-style bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Marquis of Lorne

    Drink down on the street, dine at the second floor restaurant or soak up some rays on the rooftop.

  • Food & Drink

    Leonard's House of Love

    Drink tinnies, down burgers, dance and play pool in Leonard's lounge room-like bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Builders Arms Hotel

    Andrew McConnell's refined pub offers British-inflected fare, a strong wine selection and a lovely little courtyard.

  • Food & Drink

    Gerald's Bar

    North Carlton's unchallenged eternal gem.

  • Food & Drink

    Terminus Hotel

    The Abbotsford pub sports a classy revamp but maintains the things that matter most: beer, bingo and counter meals.

  • Food & Drink

    The Standard Hotel

    The bar offers a comforting retro vibe while huge beer garden is a breezy little oasis that's well worth the search.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Lourinha

    Packed to the brim, this little gem offers a trip to Spain sans the passport.

  • Food & Drink

    Heartbreaker

    This wild-child American-style dive bar is a rock 'n' roll dream.

  • Food & Drink

    The Flying Duck Hotel

    Prahran's favourite old Duck flies again.

  • Food & Drink

    Marion

    True to form, Andrew McConnell serves up another Gertrude Street gem.

  • Food & Drink

    The Everleigh

    Experience the hedonistic pleasures of the 1920s in Fitzroy's hidden cocktail den.

  • Food & Drink

    Kirk's Wine Bar

    A quaint city wine bar sans pretension.

  • Food & Drink

    Amarillo

    Fitzroy's neighbourhood bar with a Mediterranean menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Carwyn Cellars

    This Thornbury stalwart has been sating northside thirsts for over a decade.

  • Food & Drink

    Ponyfish Island

    The long-standing bar now has a Miami-inspired fit-out, summery cocktails and, for the first time ever, tap beers.

  • Food & Drink

    Portsea Hotel

    The Mornington Peninsula spot boasts new bars, a pizza menu and killer views over the bay.

  • Food & Drink

    Willows & Wine

    This cosy little wine bar is stocked with second-hand books and board games to keep you entertained while you quaff.

  • Food & Drink

    St Andrews Beach Brewery

    A 92-acre craft brewery in the Mornington Peninsula inside a former racehorse training facility

  • Food & Drink

    Luton Lane Wine Bar

    A sleek haven of wine and Spanish bar snacks in Hawthorn.

  • Food & Drink

    St Giles - CLOSED

    An elegant wine bar, cellar and restaurant hidden up above a Camberwell shopping centre.

  • Food & Drink

    Little Creatures Geelong Brewery

    This Fremantle-born brewery's east coast home features three bars and lots of booze.

  • Food & Drink

    Union Electric

    This Chinatown bar boasts an ever-changing cocktail offering and a rooftop gin garden.

  • Food & Drink

    The George on Collins

    This basement CBD venue has a Vietnamese-inspired food and drinks menu by MasterChef Khanh Ong.

  • Food & Drink

    Hotel Esplanade

    The revamped Melbourne music institution sports 12 bars, two restaurants and three live music stages across its six levels.

  • Food & Drink

    Lulie Tavern

    Abbotsford's no-frills neighbourhood warehouse bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Tini - CLOSED

    A laneway bodega from the Movida crew.

  • Food & Drink

    The Lame Duck

    A retro disco dive bar with a vintage purple pool table, hot pink palm trees and a shrine to Cher.

  • Food & Drink

    The Vale Bar & Eatery

    A cosy Ascot Vale local with a strong selection of pizzas and 150 wines.

  • Food & Drink

    Elwood Bathers

    This all-day diner is located right on Elwood Beach.

  • Food & Drink

    Twobays Brewing Co

    A brewery on the Mornington Peninsula where all the beer (and the pizza) is gluten free.

  • Food & Drink

    Harlow

    Richmond's Great Britain Hotel has been transformed into an all-occasions pub with a dog-friendly beer garden and lots of barbecued meats.

  • Food & Drink

    Talk To Me

    A South Yarra bar by the Peking Duk guys.

  • Food & Drink

    Morgan's Sorrento - CLOSED

    A sprawling restaurant serving seafood and local Mornington Peninsula beer and wine right on the foreshore.

  • Food & Drink

    Galah - CLOSED

    An Aussie-themed cocktail bar and bottle shop.

  • Food & Drink

    Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq

    A circus-themed arcade bar from the Holey Moley crew complete with bowling, dodgems and colourful cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Chacho's

    Windsor's fun Mexican-inspired pizzeria and tequila bar.

  • Food & Drink

    State of Grace

    The CBD venue has reopened in a new and improved location complete with a hidden drinking den.

  • Food & Drink

    The Beach Hotel - CLOSED

    This Albert Park boozer has scored a new look and revamped offering of refined pub classics and lots of wines.

  • Food & Drink

    Bodega Underground

    This CBD taqueria is completely gluten-free, very vegan and open till 3am every night.

  • Food & Drink

    Red Piggy - CLOSED

    An affordable Southeast Asian eatery and bar with a covetable CBD rooftop.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Oussou

    With regular live music, a rollicking dance floor, a leafy courtyard and French Senegalese food, this is one of Sydney Road's best local haunts.

  • Food & Drink

    Amelia Shaw

    A sleek weekend-only cocktail bar above the Retreat Hotel.

  • Food & Drink

    Sig. Enzo Aperitivo Bar

    An aperitivo bar perfect for a spritz, some snacks and some solo time.

  • Food & Drink

    Atticus Finch

    A Lygon Street spot with cosy nooks, DJs on Fridays, a cute courtyard and the best cheese plate in Brunswick.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Romantica

    A Lygon Street institution has been transformed into a sleek late-night Italian bar and eatery.

  • Food & Drink

    Lazerpig - CLOSED

    Standout slices and great wine matched with DJs and a mesmerising disco ball.

  • Food & Drink

    Citrico - CLOSED

    A lively new Chilean spot in Fitzroy North with an ex-Rockpool chef.

  • Food & Drink

    Brogan's Way

    A gin distillery and bar hidden in the backstreets of Richmond.

  • Food & Drink

    Future Future

    This little Richmond eatery is slinging meatball katsu-sandos, donburi bowls, cocktails and rare Japanese sake.

  • Food & Drink

    B. Lucky & Sons

    An adults-only arcade bar offering vintage games, prizes and alcoholic bubble tea until 3am.

  • Food & Drink

    Golden Monkey

    A Shanghai-style basement bar harbouring custard buns and punch bowl cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Royal Saxon

    This bar-bistro hybrid has a little something for everyone.

  • Food & Drink

    East China Trading Company

    A dumpling, cocktail and 200-strong rum bar tucked down a CBD laneway.

  • Food & Drink

    European Bier Cafe

    A triple-level bar boasting a broad spectrum of local and international beers.

  • Food & Drink

    Transport Hotel

    A multifaceted venue located in Federation Square — whatever you're after, it has you covered.

  • Food & Drink

    Waterfront Port Melbourne

    Situated on Station Pier, this sleek establishment offers waterside views, fresh seafood and fine wines.

  • Food & Drink

    Newmarket Hotel

    Great pub fare, exciting architecture and a dedicated gig space — the Newmarket is a triple threat.

  • Food & Drink

    Perseverance

    Get a big dose of 90s nostalgia at this hip and happening Brunswick Street hang-out.

  • Food & Drink

    Trinket

    A plush two-storey cocktail lounge with a secret basement bar, fireplace and boozy brunch sessions.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Carlo

    A tiny laneway bar serving up panini and coffee by day, and cicchetti and spritzes by night.

  • Food & Drink

    Whaler - CLOSED

    This sophisticated Prahran bar offers a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Republica

    A sprawling bar right on St Kilda Beach.

  • Food & Drink

    Promise Bar - CLOSED

    Prahran's hidden speakeasy doesn't have a cocktail menu — or a front door, for that matter.

  • Food & Drink

    Lobby Coffee & Wine - CLOSED

    A 35-seat cafe and wine bar on the site of what was Seven Nightclub.

  • Food & Drink

    Flatiron Side Door

    This charming wine bar and garden is a home away from home for Kew locals.

  • Food & Drink

    Green Light Diner

    A 1920s-style late-night diner in that bar at Flinders Street Station.

  • Food & Drink

    Holgate Brewhouse

    Woodend's country pub and local brewer.

  • Food & Drink

    Blackman's Brewery

    A surfer's brewery and kitchen in Torquay.

  • Food & Drink

    Red Hill Brewery

    The Mornington Peninsula's home of beer and barbecue.

  • Food & Drink

    Bridge Road Brewers

    This award-winning brewery is worth the road trip to Beechworth — for both its beer and its pretzels.

  • Food & Drink

    Bright Brewery

    This out of town brewery has a 24-tap selection and a big outdoor terrace nestled in the mountains.

  • Food & Drink

    Little Andorra

    A charming Carlton North wine bar where you pull up a stool for a drink and a snack every day from 2pm.

  • Food & Drink

    Montalto

    This Mornington Peninsula institution has a winery cellar door, cafe and fine dining restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    The Hills

    A cosy neighbourhood bar tucked away in the eastern suburbs.

  • Food & Drink

    Dunning Kruger - CLOSED

    Pair cocktails and slices of house-made pie at this Brunswick bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Joanie's Baretto

    Thornbury's cute neighbourhood Italian bar serving spritzes, cicchetti and gluten-free pasta.

  • Food & Drink

    Green Man's Arms

    A vegan pub with house-made falafel, halva ice cream and sparkling kombucha on tap.

  • Food & Drink

    Innocent Bystander

    The Yarra Valley winemaker's Healesville venue is part cellar door, part pumping wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    The Roy - CLOSED

    The space behind Polly is now a laidback beer-toting sports bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Beneath Driver Lane

    Blues and bourbon in a moody underground space.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Carolina

    Sleek lines, warm smiles and impeccable stuzzichini.

  • Food & Drink

    Arlechin - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

    Grossi Florentino's basement bar is serving snacks and cocktails until 3am every night.

  • Food & Drink

    Juliet

    Punch Lane's basement raclette, jazz and wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Father's Office

    Overlooking the State Library, this CBD bar serves up burgers, wings and a generous happy hour.

  • Food & Drink

    Bridge Hotel

    This huge Richmond pub with a laneway running through the middle.

  • Food & Drink

    Bosozoku - CLOSED

    A Japanese biker gang-themed joint with Mario Kart battles, karaoke rooms and a dry ice spa.

  • Food & Drink

    Hightail

    Order Belles Hot Chicken, Mr Burger or Super Taco straight to your table at this food court-like eatery.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Pinnacle

    Fitzroy North's oddly-shaped corner pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Osteria Ilaria

    A CBD wine bar and Italian eatery from the pasta kings next door at Tipo 00.

  • Food & Drink

    Abacus

    This Chapel Street eatery serves everything from breakfast and coffee through to steaks and cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Josephine

    A Footscray dive bar for any night of the week.

  • Food & Drink

    Whitehart

    Melbourne CBD's new two-storey car park container bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Paradise Alley

    A casual Collingwood warehouse bar connected to Backwoods Gallery.

  • Food & Drink

    Pixel Bar & Cafe

    Feast on competitiveness – and jaffles.

  • Food & Drink

    Wine 1160 - CLOSED

    A house-like Armadale wine bar you'll wish was your home.

  • Food & Drink

    The Silverlake Social

    A Prahran bar sporting a pool table, Buffalo wings and an extensive back bar of hard-to-find American booze.

  • Food & Drink

    Bang Bang at the Rifle Club

    An all-day Asian fusion eatery at the old Caulfield Rifle Club.

  • Food & Drink

    House of Correction

    An upstairs CBD cocktail bar at the old site of Melbourne's longest-running porn cinema.

  • Food & Drink

    Drinkwell

    A no-frills backyard bar behind Johnston Street's Bar Liberty.

  • Food & Drink

    Napier Quarter

    A small all-day cafe and wine bar winning locals over in the backstreets of Fitzroy.

  • Food & Drink

    Town Hall Hotel

    A classic neighbourhood pub with a secret beer garden hidden out back.

  • Food & Drink

    Pontoon

    The Stokehouse Precinct's casual beachside bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Colonial Brewing Co.

    This Port Melbourne brewpub serves up tap beer, tinnies and pizza.

  • Food & Drink

    Good Heavens

    A CBD Palm Springs-inspired rooftop bar above Fancy Hank's.

  • Food & Drink

    Gilson

    An all-day European-style eatery across from the Botanic Gardens.

  • Food & Drink

    Comptoir Cellar & Bar - CLOSED

    A boutique bottle shop and wine bar beneath a Collingwood apartment building.

  • Food & Drink

    Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall

    Collingwood's expansive brewpub.

  • Food & Drink

    The Alps

    A part bottle shop, part wine bar in Prahran.

  • Food & Drink

    Vaporetto Bar & Eatery

    An enchanting Venetian bar that nails all the best bits of Venice.

  • Food & Drink

    Garden State Hotel

    Flinders Lane's new four-storey pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Grub Food Van - CLOSED

    Laid-back backyard in summer, cosy comfort cafe in winter.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rose Fitzroy

    The Fitzroy mainstay has a new lick of paint and an upstairs wine bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Sagra - CLOSED

    A Malvern restaurant with all-day Italian dining, a rooftop bar and even a gallery.

  • Food & Drink

    Bird's Basement

    You'll get dinner and a show at Melbourne's newest jazz bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Back Alley Sally's

    Jerome Borazio's bar is a first for Footscray.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Liberty

    This Fitzroy wine bar has quite the sense of adventure.

  • Food & Drink

    Sake Flinders Lane - TEMPORARILY CLOSED

    Australia’s own masters of contemporary Japanese dining have welcomed a new culinary hotspot to their growing brood.

  • Food & Drink

    The Craft & Co.

    A Fitzroy cafe that's also a brewery, a roastery and a deli.

  • Food & Drink

    Il Melograno - CLOSED

    The best scoop this side of Sicily.

  • Food & Drink

    The Wharf Hotel

    Berth at this Yarra-side bar for a beer and the best view.

  • Food & Drink

    Sun Moth Canteen & Bar - CLOSED

    Coffee, wine and wi-fi in the CBD.

  • Food & Drink

    The Ugly Duckling

    Don’t let the name fool you – Richmond’s newest wine bar is no ugly duckling.

  • Food & Drink

    Lamaro's Bodega

    This classic family pub has ditched the schnitzels for Spanish-style tapas.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rainbow Hotel

    Toast your outsides by the fireplace, while warming your insides with any of 100 different beers.

  • Food & Drink

    The Mill House - CLOSED

    Channel the Prohibition era and sip moonshine below street level.

  • Food & Drink

    Waterslide Bar

    A bar standing in the spot of a waterslide has big expectations to fill.

  • Food & Drink

    Northcote Social Club

    Some things never change at NSC, but the menu is not one of them.

  • Food & Drink

    Stray Neighbour

    The new neighbour set to elevate the dining scene of Preston.

  • Food & Drink

    Lucky Coq

    Prahran's late-night bar slinging pizzas till 3am.

  • Food & Drink

    The Stone Hotel

    A brand new pub for Fitzroy's busiest intersection.

  • Food & Drink

    Joey Smalls

    A small bar for Sydney Road.

  • Food & Drink

    Underwood Wine Bar

    Venture north of the main Fitzroy drag for a no-nonsense glass of red.

  • Food & Drink

    Boilermaker House

    The perfect combo of whisky, beer, cheese and charcuterie.

  • Food & Drink

    Harley House

    Picanteria-style Peruvian fare is the new face of this subterranean city space.

  • Food & Drink

    Temple Brewing Company

    Brunswick East's own microbrewery offering much more than just beer.

  • Food & Drink

    Tramway Hotel

    A classic Fitzroy North pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Glamp Bar

    Because sometimes you don’t feel like roughing it. And why should you?

  • Food & Drink

    Heartattack and Vine

    The new Italian kid on the Carlton block is cool, comfy and serves chicchetti all night.

  • Food & Drink

    St Hotel - CLOSED

    Once a questionable choice of venue, the Saint Hotel has been transformed into a sleek Thai dining space and bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Doc Martin's - CLOSED

    Swill spirits on the sidewalk with the Doctor.

  • Food & Drink

    Arbory Bar & Eatery

    With great views and even better food, this is one platform you won't mind getting delayed on. 

  • Food & Drink

    Rupert

    This is one foxy dwelling to get trapped in.

  • Food & Drink

    Magic Mountain Saloon

    An eatery and bar spawned from one of Melbourne's best hospo pedigrees.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rooks Return

    Your local better watch out — The Rooks Return threatens to take its place.

  • Food & Drink

    The Grand Trailer Park Taverna - CLOSED

    East Coast trailer trash at its finest (and funnest).

  • Food & Drink

    The General Assembly

    The General Assembly keeps things simple with craft beer on tap, good bar food and riverside views.

  • Food & Drink

    Neapoli Wine Bar - CLOSED

    A little-known wine bar with a lot of potential.

  • Food & Drink

    City Wine Shop

    The best people watching, wine sipping spot on Spring Street.

  • Food & Drink

    LongPlay

    Eclectic, laid back and charming, this Fitzroy North bar was made for dates.

  • Food & Drink

    Borsch, Vodka and Tears

    There's no doubt that Borsch is a stalwart, and a damn fine one at that.

  • Food & Drink

    Kodiak Club - CLOSED

    Buffalo wings bourbon at the Kodiak Club.

  • Food & Drink

    The Catfish

    A Gertrude Street dive with a point of difference: their Bloody Marys.

  • Food & Drink

    Black Pearl

    A Fitzroy cocktail bar with attitude and atmosphere.

  • Food & Drink

    Windsor Castle

    Sink beers with neon pink elephants and stuffed peacocks south of the river.

  • Food & Drink

    The Retreat

    A beer garden retreat in the heart of Brunswick.

  • Food & Drink

    College Lawn Hotel

    Relax on the astroturf and enjoy cheap pub grub along with ice-cold beers at this no-frills local.

  • Food & Drink

    The Great Northern Hotel

    A pub for pub-lovers in Carlton North.

  • Food & Drink

    The Boatbuilders Yard

    Located right on the harbour at South Wharf, this is the place to go if you like your drinks served with a view.

  • Food & Drink

    The Brunswick Green

    This large and welcoming watering hole is a mainstay of Sydney Road.

  • Food & Drink

    Romeo Lane - CLOSED

    It's cocktails all round at newly-spawn Romeo Lane.

  • Food & Drink

    Hell's Kitchen

    Hell's Kitchen. Our heaven.

  • Food & Drink

    Transit Cocktail Lounge

    A view best complemented with cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Jimmy Watson's

    Among the best-kept secret rooftops.

  • Food & Drink

    Rooftop Bar

    Rooftop Bar is the centrepiece of Melbourne's alcohol stocked skyline.

  • Food & Drink

    Pallino Bar

    Play bocce in summer or cosy up with a glass of wine in winter at this High Street stalwart.

  • Food & Drink

    Trumpy

    A decidedly sophisticated take on a neighbourhood bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Forester's Beer & Music Hall - CLOSED

    50 beers on tap and 32 different craft brews from around the world, and around the corner.

  • Food & Drink

    Polepole Bar & Kitchen

    Step out of Lt Collins Street and into Africa with killer cocktails and bar snacks.

  • Food & Drink

    Bad Frankie

    Australian cocktails, lamington jaffles and some of the best service you'll find off Smith Street.

  • Food & Drink

    White Oaks Saloon

    A southern-western bar serving up some of the most unique cocktails south of the river.

  • Food & Drink

    The Raccoon Club

    With a strict 'no dickheads' policy (that they take very seriously), it really is about drinking better, not more.

  • Food & Drink

    The Alderman

    A cosy local favourite in the truest sense.

  • Food & Drink

    The Noble Experiment

    A noble attempt at some pretty incredible barrel-aged cocktails from the Prohibition era.

  • Food & Drink

    Loop Roof

    A gem in Melbourne's rooftop crown.

  • Food & Drink

    Naked in the Sky

    The best position on Brunswick Street is in the sky.

  • Food & Drink

    Boney - CLOSED

    This CBD club lets you dance right up until 7am.

  • Food & Drink

    Grossi Cellar Bar

    A slice of Italy right in the heart of the city.

  • Food & Drink

    Hihou - CLOSED

    A Japanese-inspired bar behind a secret doorway.

  • Food & Drink

    Cumulus Up

    Andrew McConnell's Flinders Lane upstairs bar.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rum Diary

    No, it's not a bar themed around the 1950s, sex, jealousy, and Puerto Rico.

  • Food & Drink

    Los Hermanos

    Los Hermanos has found a niche somewhere between the taco trucks of the north and the classier acts of the inner city and south-side.

  • Food & Drink

    1806

    1806 is Melbourne's old world gem where cocktail is king.

  • Food & Drink

    Hell of the North - CLOSED

    You could easily pass by the bluestone home on Greeve's Street, off uber-chic Smith, were it not for the canary yellow door.

  • Food & Drink

    Polly

    Located right in the heart of Fitzroy, Polly is a drinking hole with air of dark elegance.

  • Food & Drink

    Madame Brussels - CLOSED

    With AstroTurf, tennis whites and jugs of Pimms, Madame B has classic summer style.

  • Food & Drink

    Naked For Satan

    It’s the Pintxos that truly set Naked for Satan apart from the 7,564 other bars in Melbourne's inner hub.

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