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Melbourne Bars and Restaurants That Are Undeniably, Unabashedly Romantic

Low lighting, jazz playlists, opulent cocktails — these date spots will help you to start planning the perfect Valentine's Day.
By Concrete Playground
January 24, 2023
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By Concrete Playground
January 24, 2023
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  • Food & Drink

    Pearl Chablis & Oyster Bar

    This sophisticated speakeasy has two great loves, pairing primo Aussie oysters with a dizzying collection of chablis.

  • Food & Drink

    Naught Cocktail Bar

    This cocktail den by award-winning distillery Naught will entice you out of the city with its elegant sense of drama and menu of crafty gin sips.

  • Food & Drink

    Yugen Dining

    Chapel Street's sumptuous subterranean Japanese diner and bar has a flair for the dramatic.

  • Food & Drink

    March

    Sibling and neighbour to the acclaimed IDES, this intimate eating and drinking den pairs contemporary Japanese-inspired bites with an expert range of tipples.

  • Food & Drink

    The Everleigh

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

  • Food & Drink

    Above Board

    Nab one of just 12 seats at this hidden, minimalist cocktail haunt — and prepare for some world-class drinking.

  • Food & Drink

    Nick & Nora's

    This opulent CBD bar boasts over 400 bottles of champagne, three balconies and a roaring 30s vibe.

  • Food & Drink

    Pepe's Italian & Liquor

    You'll find cheesy bowls of gnocchi, meatball pizza and giant sundaes at this 1930s New York-Inspired Italo-American joint on Exhibition Street.

  • Food & Drink

    1800 Lasagne

    A bricks-and-mortar bar and eatery from an inner north lasagne delivery service.

  • Food & Drink

    Poodle Bar & Bistro

    A two-storey bar and bistro in Fitzroy with a sunny courtyard and crafty, Euro-accented menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Maha Bar

    Dishing up free snacks three nights a week.

  • Food & Drink

    Marquis of Lorne

    The Marquis of Lorne is alive again with same old-pub charm and a modern Melbourne menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Lover

    A moody restaurant and cocktail bar on Chapel Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Margaux

    A CBD basement bar serving up French bistro food and cocktails until 5am.

  • Food & Drink

    Embla

    Raise a glass to Melbourne’s wine bar renaissance.

  • Food & Drink

    The Alps

    A part bottle shop, part wine bar in Prahran.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Romantica

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

  • Food & Drink

    Gerald's Bar

    North Carlton's unchallenged eternal gem.

  • Food & Drink

    Juliet

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

  • Food & Drink

    Marion

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

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Josephine

    A Footscray dive bar for any night of the week.

  • Food & Drink

    Heartattack and Vine

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Moon

    A moody and atmospheric spot for sipping from an extensive selection of interesting wines.

  • Food & Drink

    Lagoon Dining

    You'll find popcorn chicken and umeshu spritzes at this sleek Lygon Street spot.

  • Food & Drink

    Beneath Driver Lane

    Blues and bourbon in a moody underground space.

  • Food & Drink

    Dessous

    An underground bar in a heritage-listed CBD building with 'unicorn' doughnuts and strawberry and cream cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Bad Frankie

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

  • Food & Drink

    State of Grace

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

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