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The Best Cocktail Bars in Melbourne

Whether you want to drink a martini with spaghetti at 2am or pair a whisky concoction with a piece of peach pie, you can have your cocktail any which way in this city.
By Concrete Playground
July 11, 2018
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The Best Cocktail Bars in Melbourne

Whether you want to drink a martini with spaghetti at 2am or pair a whisky concoction with a piece of peach pie, you can have your cocktail any which way in this city.
By Concrete Playground
July 11, 2018
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  • CHACHO'S

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

  • STATE OF GRACE

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

  • RED PIGGY

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

  • AMELIA SHAW

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

  • EYDIE'S

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

  • SIG. ENZO APERITIVO BAR

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

  • ATTICUS FINCH

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

  • BAR ROMANTICA

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

  • FOSSEY'S GINPORIUM & DISTILLERY

    An old-timey gin distillery and bar found on the country streets of Mildura.

  • ANIMUS DISTILLERY

    Kyneton's own gin distillery and cocktail bar.

  • LITTLE LON DISTILLING CO.

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

  • GOLDEN MONKEY

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

  • EAST CHINA TRADING COMPANY

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

  • THE SMITH RESTAURANT

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

  • CAMPARI HOUSE

    Navigate the four levels of this hospitality extravaganza with a Campari — or two — in hand.

  • THE BANK ON COLLINS

    Finally a bank you might actually want to visit.

  • MOTHERS MILK

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

  • THE STORE ROOM

    A modern speakeasy that's tough to locate, but well worth the effort

  • TRINKET

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

  • WHALER

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

  • PROMISE BAR

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

  • INES WINE BAR

    An old-school wine bar complete with Sinatra tunes, Italian wines and classic Euro drinking fare.

  • DUNNING KRUGER

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

  • BENEATH DRIVER LANE

    Blues and bourbon in a moody underground space.

  • BAD LOVE CLUB

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

  • TOKOSAN

    Karaoke, cocktails and all-you-can-eat temaki.

  • THE MAYFAIR

    This French-accented restaurant gives late-night dining a whole new meaning.

  • ARLECHIN

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

  • JULIET

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

  • NEPTUNE FOOD & WINE

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

  • FITZROY SOCIAL

    An effervescent city bar with an atmosphere that's as colourful as the surrounding murals.

  • SOUK

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

  • HOUSE OF CORRECTION

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

  • HENRY SUGAR

    Rathdowne Street's neighbourhood bar doing inventive food and delicate desserts.

  • PONTOON

    The Stokehouse Precinct's casual beachside bar.

  • GOOD HEAVENS

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

  • ROOFTOP AT QT

    The CBD slick rooftop bar on top of the QT.

  • VAPORETTO BAR & EATERY

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

  • CHALAWAN

    Modern Thai food served with a Melbourne twist and some truly great cocktails.

  • SAINT LUCIA

    Comforting Caribbean food on Chapel Street.

  • STORYVILLE

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

  • THE UGLY DUCKLING

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

  • HEARTBREAKER

    An American-style dive bar through and through.

  • THE MILL HOUSE

    Channel the Prohibition era and sip moonshine below street level.

  • WATERSLIDE BAR

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

  • BOILERMAKER HOUSE

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

  • HARLEY HOUSE

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

  • UNION ELECTRIC

    Peking duck pancakes and espresso martinis in a rare cosy Chinatown space.

  • CAZ REITOP'S DIRTY SECRETS

    Late night cocktails in Collingwood.

  • GLAMP BAR

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

  • BELLEVILLE

    A hidden cocktail bar above Chinatown from the team behind Section 8 and Ferdydurke. 

  • DOC MARTIN'S

    Swill spirits on the sidewalk with the Doctor.

  • BOTHERAMBO

    Richmond's newest Asian joint is a little bit different to its Victoria Street neighbours.

  • GIN PALACE

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

  • BORSCH, VODKA AND TEARS

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

  • BLACK PEARL

    A Fitzroy cocktail bar with attitude and atmosphere.

  • THE CROFT INSTITUTE

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

  • TRANSIT COCKTAIL LOUNGE

    A view best complemented with cocktails.

  • TRUMPY

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

  • POLEPOLE BAR & KITCHEN

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

  • BAD FRANKIE

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

  • WHISKY AND ALEMENT

    500 types of whisky in one bar? You bet.

  • WHITE OAKS SALOON

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

  • THE NOBLE EXPERIMENT

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

  • MR WOW’S EMPORIUM

    A purveyor of fine drinks and good times, what Mr Wow is selling, we are happy to be buying.

  • LOOP ROOF

    A gem in Melbourne's rooftop crown.

  • NAKED IN THE SKY

    The best position on Brunswick Street is in the sky.

  • THE EVERLEIGH

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

  • BAR AMERICANO

    Cocktails and banter at their best.

  • THE UNDERSTUDY

    Cocktails the way Alice in Wonderland intended.

  • HIHOU

    A Japanese-inspired bar behind a secret doorway.

  • LILY BLACKS

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

  • 1806

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

  • POLLY

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

  • MADAME BRUSSELS

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

  • NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN

    If you can find New Gold Mountain it's a reward in itself.

  • WHITE RABBIT RECORD BAR

    White Rabbit Record Bar has a vibe of casual elegance.

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