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The Best Bars in the Melbourne CBD

Perfect for after work drinks or a Saturday night on the town.
By Tom Clift
November 28, 2015
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The Best Bars in the Melbourne CBD

Perfect for after work drinks or a Saturday night on the town.
By Tom Clift
November 28, 2015
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  • Food & Drink

    1806

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

  • 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

    Bar Americano

    Cocktails and banter at their best.

  • Food & Drink

    Boilermaker House

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

  • Food & Drink

    Double Happiness

    Bubble cup tea cocktails under the watchful eyes of Chairman Mao.

  • Food & Drink

    Eau de Vie

    Cocktails, whisky and a little speakeasy fun.

  • Food & Drink

    Heartbreaker

    An American-style dive bar through and through.

  • Food & Drink

    Hihou

    A Japanese-inspired bar behind a secret doorway.

  • Food & Drink

    Nieuw Amsterdam - CLOSED

    Inventive, unusual and delicious cocktails with a New York-style menu to match.

  • Food & Drink

    Polepole Bar & Kitchen

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

  • Food & Drink

    Rooftop Bar

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Mill House

    Channel the Prohibition era and sip moonshine below street level.

  • Food & Drink

    Union Electric

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

  • Food & Drink

    Whisky and Alement

    500 types of whisky in one bar? You bet.

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    New Melbourne Openings to Put in Your Diary

    The newbies we're counting the days for.

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    A Weekender's Guide To Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale

    Less than two hours from Melbourne, whisky bars, mineral baths, coastal hikes and a huge art festival await.

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    The Best Places to Treat Your Mum on Mother's Day (Or Any Day)

    Try slightly harder than your favourite sticky dive bar.

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    Seven Extremely Cosy Cabins Around Australia That You Can Escape To This Winter

    Instead of hibernating at home, bundle yourself up and head to an off-grid log cabin, a snow-covered heated hut or a tiny house with an outdoor glass-walled bath.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Bars Where You Can Drink Alone with a Book

    Get cosy with a paperback and good plonk at these comfy (and relatively quiet) bars.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best Underground Bars That Are Actually Underground

    From Mexican-themed mezcal bars to ones with over 650 different spirits, these are the best bars under the city.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Bike Rides In and Around Melbourne

    From leisurely city rides to stunning coastal climbs, here are the best spots to glide around on two wheels.

  • Food & Drink

    Ten Picks for Pizza in Melbourne

    From giant pepperoni-topped slices to vegan rounds, we've got you covered.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Eight Epic Sculpture Parks in Australia Worth a Road Trip

    From sculptures among vineyards and wildflowers to metal figures appear that sit on the surface of a gigantic salt-crusted lake.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Breakfast Spots to Try

    Rise and shine, Melbourne — these are breakfasts worth getting up early for.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Twelve Most Impressive Art Galleries in Regional Australia

    From country Victoria to the WA coast to the Tiwi Islands, these galleries house homegrown and Indigenous art collections worth planning a whole weekend around.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ten Epic Mountains in Australia You Should Climb at Least Once in Your Life

    Climb Kosciuszko, conquer Cradle Mountain and scale Mount Sonder for incredible views over the Aussie ocean, bush and desert.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Restaurants for Big Groups in Melbourne

    These spots are large (and rowdy) enough to host all your mates for dinner.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best High Teas for When You Want to Feel a Little Bit Fancy

    From the gin-filled to the ultra decadent chocolate spreads, Melbourne's high tea scene is full of modern twists.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Adelaide

    There's more to Adelaide than just great wine — head south to explore underground bars, laneway restaurants and jam-packed markets.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Restaurants Where You Can Dine at the Bar

    Take a seat up front, whether you're dining solo or finally having that long-delayed catch-up.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Five Remote Cabins Outside Of Melbourne Where You Can Go Off The Grid

    These spots have no Wi-Fi, no electricity, and nothing between you and your greatest nature fantasies. Bring a book, not your laptop.

  • Food & Drink

    Six Kid-Friendly Spots to Hit When Everyone's Feeling Hangry

    Calm the nerves and tanties and fill bellies at these spots for the fam.

  • Food & Drink

    Seven Eateries to Hit When You're Trying to Make Meat-Free Monday a Habit

    With options like these, you may even opt to go meat-free more than just once a week.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Eat Pizza When All Your Friends Are Doing Italian Summer and FOMO Levels Are High

    From chewy Neapolitan rounds to some of the best slices in the word.

  • Food & Drink

    Seven Date Spots in Melbourne Perfect for Celebrating a Landmark Anniversary

    Whether you're celebrating two months or two decades, these cosy spots will let you do it over date-appropriate martinis, dishes and dessert.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Eat Yum Cha When You're Feeling Like a Bottomless Pit

    It's a truth universally acknowledged that it is impossible to leave yum cha feeling hungry.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Brunch When a Celebration Is in Order

    Brunching is for any event, but especially for celebrations.

  • Food & Drink

    Five Spots Where You Can Channel Your Inner Child in Melbourne

    For those weeks when you've had enough of adulting.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Eat Outside in Melbourne When You Need Some Vitamin D

    After being holed up all week in the office, get out and soak up some sun.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Take Out-of-Towners to Eat When You Want to Show Off Your City

    Treat yourself and your newcomer to a food-tour of the city.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best Boutique Beer and Wine Bottle Shops

    Non-alcoholic craft brews, the best cask wine in town and one 50-litre keg to rule them all.

  • Food & Drink

    Six Beer Gardens in Melbourne's Inner North You May Not Know About

    Spend the long summer days outdoors — with a beer in hand.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Aperitivo Hours in Melbourne

    Most of these aperitivo specials run for way longer than an hour.

  • Food & Drink

    The Ten Best Waterside Bars in Melbourne

    Summer calls for spritzes by St Kilda Beach and a few cold ones on the banks of the Yarra.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Ten Best Beaches Near Melbourne

    Whether you're looking for a quick dip in the bay or an all-day adventure to the surf coast, there are plenty of great places to get in the ocean.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best New Restaurants of 2017

    Honouring the best new additions to Melbourne's restaurant scene this year.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Japanese Restaurants in Melbourne

    From sashimi to sake and korokke to katsu, here are ten of the best places to fill up on Japanese nosh.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Least Awkward Spots for a First Date

    Because first dates are nail-biting enough without the added challenge of picking a good place.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Become Human Again in Melbourne After a Big Night Out

    Some of Melbourne's best places to turn your hangover around.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Eat When You're Saving but Don't Feel Like Another Meal at Home

    Places for a weeknight feed that won't blow the budget.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Eat Burgers in Melbourne when Mondayitis Hits Hard

    Melbourne’s best and most cheerful restaurants for a burg and a brew when you need it most.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Eat Solo When You Just Need Some You Time

    Just because you're hermitting that doesn't mean you have to eat every meal at home.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Drink Good Wine in Melbourne After a Tough Day at Work

    Establishments to cater to any post-work need (or crisis).

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Eat in the City When You Want to Feel Like the Boss

    Places that are ideal for smart lunches with big groups of friends or colleagues.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best Retro Spots for When You're Feeling Nostalgic

    The question isn't just where to go, it's which era to spend time in.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Make It Rain (Within Reason) on Payday

    For when you get that urge to splurge.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Most Impressive Spots for When You Finally Meet the Parents

    Respectable restaurants that'll set the tone and put you in their good books.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Bars in Melbourne with Beer Gardens and Boozy Courtyards

    Save cosy pub corners for winter — it's time to drink a brew out in the open.

  • Food & Drink

    Seven Spots That Do Actually Good All-You-Can-Eat Food in Melbourne

    From all the sushi you can handle and bottomless yum cha, right through to endless plates of vegetarian food for just $7.95.

  • Food & Drink

    Where to Eat American Barbecue in Melbourne

    Where to get your fix of some down-home USA cookin'.

  • Food & Drink

    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.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best New Cafes of 2017

    The city's very best caffeine-fuelled additions of the year so far.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Ten Best New Bars of 2017

    The city's very best boozy additions of the year so far.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Ten Best New Restaurants of 2017

    The city's very best newcomers, opened over summer and autumn this year.

  • Food & Drink

    Ten Victorian Breweries Worth a Road Trip

    Try beers brewed with fresh mountain water and small batch hazelnut ales inside colonial buildings and country farmhouses.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Restaurants and Bars with Private Dining Rooms

    Made for long lazy lunches and birthday dinners to remember.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Bars and Restaurants with a Notable Wine List

    Restaurants that take their Chenin Blanc as seriously as their souffle. No plonk here.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Ten Best Beach Camping Spots in Queensland

    Pitch your tent, then into the surf with you.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Ten Best Beach Camping Spots in Victoria

    Pitch your tent, then into the surf with you.

  • Travel & Leisure

    89 Highly Awesome Outdoor Melbourne Adventures to Try

    There's got to be at least one in here for you. At least.

  • Food & Drink

    12 Killer Summer Recipes from Some of Australia's Best Chefs

    Entrees, mains and cocktails from Porteno, Kitchen by Mike, Matt Stone, Big Poppa's and more.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's 50 Most Popular Bars of 2016

    Catch up on the year's most visited drinking dens.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's 50 Most Popular Restaurants of 2016

    Catch up on the year's most buzzed-about establishments.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Spots for Beach Camping in NSW

    Pitch your tent, then into the surf with you.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne's Best New Events of 2016

    Honouring the best new events activating Melbourne spaces this year.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best New Pubs of 2016

    Honouring the best new arrivals on Melbourne's pub scene this year.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best New Bars of 2016

    Honouring the best new arrivals on Melbourne's bar scene this year.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best New Restaurants of 2016

    Honouring the best new arrivals on Melbourne's restaurant scene this year.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best New Cafes of 2016

    Honouring the best new cafes on Melbourne's cafe scene this year.

  • Travel & Leisure

    A Weekender's Guide to Melbourne's Best Getaways

    Where to eat, what to see and where to stay in Victoria.

  • Food & Drink

    The Ten Best Hearty Roasts in Melbourne

    There's nothing quite like a juicy, slow-cooked, gravy-drenched roast.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Best Cafes for a Rainy Day

    When it rains, these Melbourne cafes pour.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Melbourne's Seven Best Heated Swimming Pools for Winter

    Cold weather don't mean a thing when you're in a big, warm vat of chlorinated water.

  • Design & Style

    Five Ethical Melbourne Fashion Brands We Feel Good About Splurging On

    Say no to fast fashion and yes to considered clothing.

  • Food & Drink

    The Ten Best BYO Restaurants in Melbourne

    Offset the damage to your wallet on your next night out.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Ten Best Lighthouses To Visit Near Melbourne

    Live out your Round the Twist dreams by visiting — and even staying in — these epic light structures.

  • Food & Drink

    Twelve Grown-Up Easter Treats to Try in Melbourne

    You're never too old for this Easter hunt.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Eight Cheap Fitness Classes Under $8 in Melbourne

    Work up a sweat without working up a debt.

  • Food & Drink

    The Ten Best Breakfast Bowls in Melbourne

    Bowls filled with everything from passionfruit to pudding and cacao to co-yo.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Bars and Restaurants That Are Perfect Date Material

    Must have: a solid drinks list, good buzz and low, senshoowal lighting.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Nine Best Kidult Activities in Melbourne

    Cast off the shackles of the working week with a nod to your childhood.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Mexican in Melbourne

    Add some spice to your life.

  • Design & Style

    The Eight Best Melbourne Shops For Unique Christmas Gifts

    Because there's no international Christmas shipping deadline when you shop local.

  • Food & Drink

    The Ten Best Vegan Restaurants in Melbourne

    Where vegans can have their raw cake and eat it too. 

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Pubs in Melbourne

    For your drinking pleasure.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Dessert in Melbourne

    Indulge your sweet tooth.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Italian Restaurants in Melbourne

    The top Italian eateries in town.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Vietnamese in Melbourne

    Whether you want spring rolls, street food or a steaming hot bowl of pho.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Tapas in Melbourne

    Why order one dish when you can order ten?

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Dumplings in Melbourne

    Leave your self-control at the door.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Thai in Melbourne

    The tastiest Thai feasts in town.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Steaks in Melbourne

    Strictly for carnivores.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Pizza in Melbourne

    Grab yourself a slice.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Breakfasts in Melbourne

    Menus like these make everyone a morning person.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Burgers in Melbourne

    Our picks for the most mouth-watering burgers in town.

  • Food & Drink

    Our Nine Favourite Northside Bars

    Our favourite boozy venues on the northern side of town.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Six Best Record Stores for Vinyl in Melbourne

    Must-do stops on your Record Store Day hunting trail.

  • Food & Drink

    Eight New Brunch Spots to Try in Melbourne

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  • Food & Drink

    Eight Classic Melbourne Dining Institutions That Never Get Old

    Hype is one thing, but tried and true resilience? That's a whole other ball game.

  • Food & Drink

    The Best Cold Coffees in Melbourne

    Caffeine hits without the heat.

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