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The Best Bars in Melbourne for After-Work Drinks

Sip speciality wine, drink local craft beer or enjoy a Negroni (or two) at these post-work haunts.
By Concrete Playground
July 14, 2017
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The Best Bars in Melbourne for After-Work Drinks

Sip speciality wine, drink local craft beer or enjoy a Negroni (or two) at these post-work haunts.
By Concrete Playground
July 14, 2017
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    Globe Alley

    A rock 'n' roll Chinatown dive bar serving up free gigs and towering burgers.

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    Baia Di Vino

    Mediterranean meals, plus Italian and European wines — all along Sandringham's beachfront.

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    Golden Gate Hotel

    Head to this South Melbourne pub during its $5 happy hour — or for its vegan Sunday roast.

  • Mister Munro

    An all-day dining room and bar in Melbourne's historic old 'dry hotel'.

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    The Carringbush Hotel

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

  • Food & Drink

    Low Key

    This low key Northcote bar is perfect for a settling in with a pint and a paperback.

  • 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

    La La Land

    This CBD oasis is just like your living room — but with more cocktails and Chesterfields.

  • 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

    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

    St Giles

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

  • 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

    The Espy

    The Melbourne music institution has made its long-awaited return with an incredible refurb featuring 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

    Peaches

    Here you can pair stunning city views with 90s pop-themed cocktails and fried chicken sangas till 3am.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Tini

    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

    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

    The Albion

    The historic pub is back with a new rooftop bar and a 5am weekend licence.

  • 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

    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

    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

    Eydie's

    A Lygon Street favourite with a late-night happy hour.

  • 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

    Uncle Joe's

    A small Brunswick East bar with David Bowie above the bar and Patti Smith in the bathroom.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Romantica

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

  • Food & Drink

    Lazerpig

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

  • Food & Drink

    Future Future

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

  • 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

    The Incubator

    Collingwood's bar and brewery dedicated solely to IPAs.

  • Food & Drink

    Little Lon Distilling Co.

    A tiny CBD gin distillery that open its bar three nights a week.

  • Food & Drink

    B. Lucky & Sons

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

  • Food & Drink

    Bomba Rooftop

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

  • 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

    Middle Park Hotel

    An inviting gastropub overlooking Albert Park Lake and Melbourne city centre.

  • 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

    The Carlton Club

    Party like an animal at this inner-city jungle oasis.

  • Food & Drink

    The Meat & Wine Co Southbank

    Get your meat fix in the middle of the CBD at this soaring three-level steakhouse.

  • Food & Drink

    St. Moritz St Kilda

    Australia’s 1900s ice-hockey scene lives on in the heart of this St Kilda resident.

  • Food & Drink

    Woolshed

    A waterfront gastropub where you can relax and soak in your surroundings.

  • Food & Drink

    The Smith Restaurant

    Escape the bustling High Street, and chill out in the courtyard of this sleek gastropub.

  • Food & Drink

    Kingston Hotel

    Enjoy tasty house-made pasta, in one of Richmond's finest beer gardens

  • Food & Drink

    Common Man

    There's nothing common about this pub, from an ice-skating rink to raging fire pit, it's full of surprises.

  • Food & Drink

    Swan Hotel

    Glide in and grab a pint or dance away the night in this classic Richmond bar.

  • Food & Drink

    The Bank on Collins

    Finally a bank you might actually want to visit.

  • Food & Drink

    Mothers Milk

    Partake in some whisky business in this grungey late-night Melbourne bar.

  • 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

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

  • Food & Drink

    Hampton Wine Co.

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Tipsy Cow Malt & Vine Co.

    A neighbourhood bar that loves whisky and dogs.

  • Food & Drink

    Republica

    A sprawling bar right on St Kilda Beach.

  • Food & Drink

    Promise Bar

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

  • Food & Drink

    Lobby Coffee & Wine

    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

    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

    The Hills

    A cosy neighbourhood bar tucked away in the eastern suburbs.

  • Food & Drink

    Dunning Kruger

    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 bowls of pasta.

  • Food & Drink

    Mr West Bar & Bottleshop

    A two-storey bar and bottleshop in the heart of Footscray.

  • Food & Drink

    Green Man's Arms

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Roy

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

  • Food & Drink

    Ombra Salumi

    A salumi and wine bar from the Grossi family.

  • Food & Drink

    Beneath Driver Lane

    Blues and bourbon in a moody underground space.

  • Food & Drink

    Waterside Hotel

    The historic building features five separate hospitality spaces, including a Champagne lounge and a craft beer bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Bad Love Club

    Cafe by day, bar by night, sugar coma by choice.

  • Food & Drink

    Longsong

    At David Moyle's latest you'll find killer bar food and creative cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Arlechin

    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

    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

    Bontempo Pizzeria

    Valoriani clay oven woodfired pizzas, local beers and bottled cocktails in Fitzroy.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Pinnacle

    Fitzroy North's oddly-shaped corner pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Neptune Food & Wine

    An ambitious two-level Windsor wine bar with a 'fireplace lounge' and 'cocktail saloon'.

  • 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 pizza 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

    The Exchange Hotel

    A cosy Port Melbourne pub that offers cheap feeds and plenty of live sports.

  • Food & Drink

    FeeFee's Bar

    An old-school rock 'n' roll bar inspired by The Runaways.

  • Food & Drink

    Holey Moley Golf Club

    Melbourne's insane two-storey mini-golf bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Souk

    Hummus, cocktails and Turkish dumplings in a pink-hued CBD space.

  • Food & Drink

    Pawn & Co.

    Get your drink mixed by a church organ and sit in an old tram carriage at the bar where everything is for sale.

  • Food & Drink

    The Recreation

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

  • 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

    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

    The Corner Hotel

    Richmond's iconic live music venue reveals a refurbished rooftop.

  • Food & Drink

    Tallboy & Moose

    A Preston brewpub doing one-litre cans of beer.

  • Food & Drink

    Town Hall Hotel

    A classic neighbourhood pub serving eggplant parmas from a fairy-lit beer garden.

  • 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

    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

    Rooftop at QT

    The CBD slick rooftop bar on top of the QT.

  • 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

    Saint Lucia

    Comforting Caribbean food on Chapel Street.

  • Food & Drink

    Garden State Hotel

    Flinders Lane's new four-storey pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Noisy Ritual

    Brunswick East has a boozy new destination.

  • Food & Drink

    The Rose Fitzroy

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

  • Food & Drink

    Welcome to Thornbury

    A permanent food truck park boasting a rotating menu of street food snacks.

  • Food & Drink

    Back Alley Sally's

    Jerome Borazio's new 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

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

  • Food & Drink

    Storyville

    Where sipping insect-garnished cocktails from a magical toadstool bar is just a regular night out.

  • Food & Drink

    Embla

    Raise a glass to Melbourne’s wine bar renaissance.

  • Food & Drink

    The Wharf Hotel

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Flying Duck Hotel

    Prahran's favourite old Duck flies again.

  • Food & Drink

    Sun Moth Canteen & Bar

    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

    Pixel Alley

    Fitzroy's retro arcade bar with Donkey Kong-themed cocktails, American tinnies and all the Street Fighter II you can play.

  • Food & Drink

    Kirk's Wine Bar

    A quaint city wine bar sans pretension.

  • Food & Drink

    Lamaro's Bodega

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Mill House

    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

    Leonard's House of Love

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

  • 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

    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

    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

    The Rochester Hotel

    The Rochey is not just your average local pub.

  • Food & Drink

    Doc Martin's

    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

    Pellegrini's Espresso Bar

    Melbourne's quintessential drop-in dining Italian institution. 

  • Food & Drink

    France-Soir

    Melbourne's quintessential French bistro.

  • Food & Drink

    Magic Mountain Saloon

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

  • Food & Drink

    Marquis of Lorne

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Grand Trailer Park Taverna

    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

    Gin Palace

    Luxe, dim and full of your favourite spirit: gin.

  • Food & Drink

    Neapoli Wine Bar

    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

    The Standard

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

  • 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

    Romeo Lane

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Croft Institute

    A bar science nerds and spirit lovers alike can get behind.

  • Food & Drink

    Hell’s Kitchen

    Hell's Kitchen. Our heaven.

  • Food & Drink

    Section 8

    Pull up a milk crate and set yourself up in this excellent outdoor bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Transit Cocktail Lounge

    A view best complemented with cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    The Emerson

    The best rooftop south of the river.

  • Food & Drink

    The Red Hummingbird

    An oldie but a goodie.

  • Food & Drink

    Rooftop Bar

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

  • Food & Drink

    Pallino Bar

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

  • Food & Drink

    Trumpy

    A cosy new addition to High Street's bar scene.

  • Food & Drink

    Forester’s Beer & Music Hall

    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

    Whisky and Alement

    500 types of whisky in one bar? You bet.

  • Food & Drink

    White Oaks Saloon

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

  • 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

    The Everleigh

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

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Americano

    Cocktails and banter at their best.

  • Food & Drink

    Hihou

    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

    Lily Blacks

    A glamorous 1920s speakeasy that exudes a little extra cheek.

  • Food & Drink

    Ponyfish Island

    A waterfront gem suited to folk in search of simple pleasures.

  • Food & Drink

    Madame Brussels

    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.

  • Food & Drink

    Gerald's Bar

    North Carlton's unchallenged eternal gem.

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