From hidden laneway events to epic pop-ups, Melbourne gets lit once the lights go out. Put these events and adventures in your diary for the ultimate night out.

Free night-time fun

RISING: Night Trade

RISING: Night Trade

Night Trade is back with micro-bars, food music and art — live in the Capitol Arcade.

RISING: Communitas

RISING: Communitas

Shouse lead a band for everyone, with everyone. Join the bandwagon.

RISING: The Blak Infinite

RISING: The Blak Infinite

Leading First Nations artists and writers turn Fed Square into a canvas of art and stories.

RISING: 24 Hour Rock Show

RISING: 24 Hour Rock Show

Enjoy a 24-hour marathon of cult classic and rarely shown music docos screening at the Capitol.

Croissants and Whiskey: Spirits

Croissants and Whiskey: Spirits

The prog-baroque quartet presents a playful new work by Kym Dillon.

Theatre & musicals

Chicago the Musical
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Chicago the Musical

With a glittering score including All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle, Chicago is back.

WICKED the Musical
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WICKED the Musical

Broadway’s biggest blockbuster WICKED has flown into Melbourne.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

The inspiring life story of the Queen of Rock, who didn’t just break the rules – she rewrote them.

Carnival of Karactors
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Carnival of Karactors

A monthly cabaret show featuring sexy and silly circus artists, comedians and burlesque performers.

My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career

A new adaptation of the timeless classic that channels that fire into a high-energy musical.

King Lear

King Lear

Shakespeare's epic of the imagination creates a portrait of a family and a country torn apart.

Tosca

Tosca

Opera's greatest thriller with sensational music, the best villain and an unforgettable ending.

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Lightscape

Lightscape

The immersive Melbourne hit returns to transform Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne after dark.

RISING

RISING

A festival of new art, music and performance held each June in the heart of Naarm/Melbourne.

Nocturnal: Museum After Dark
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Nocturnal: Museum After Dark

Step into a world of wonder at an after-hours Melbourne Museum experience just for adults.

Kayak Melbourne

Kayak Melbourne

Guided paddling tours through Melbourne along the Yarra River and Victoria Harbour.

Sea Shanties and Folk Songs
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Sea Shanties and Folk Songs

Join this weekly celebration of rollicking and spirited singing.

Leonardo Da Vinci
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Leonardo Da Vinci

Explore the life and legacy of the visionary artist, inventor, scientist and philosopher.

Old Melbourne Ghost Tour
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Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

Take a spine-chilling journey back in time and explore the rich paranormal realm of Old Melbourne.

Sunday Night Stand Up Comedy Show
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Sunday Night Stand Up Comedy Show

A mix of comics from the TV and radio, alongside some future stars.

Saboteurs
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Saboteurs

Join an Among Us-style game played in real life.

The Cat Empire with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The Cat Empire with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The legendary band bring beloved tunes and new sounds for an immersive orchestral experience.

Classic 100 in Concert

Classic 100 in Concert

Spend a feel-good night with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ABC presenters and special guests.

Thirty Seconds To Mars

Thirty Seconds To Mars

The monumental Seasons World Tour comes to Australia.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in Concert

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra brings the epic score to life.

Dan Sultan x MSO

Dan Sultan x MSO

This NAIDOC Week, Dan Sultan joins the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

RISING: Dirty Three

RISING: Dirty Three

Dirty Three return for their first hometown headline show in 14 years.

Where to eat and drink after dark

The ultimate guide to late-night dining in Melbourne

The ultimate guide to late-night dining in Melbourne

These late-night venues and iconic restaurants are best visited well after dark.

The best pre- and post-theatre dining in Melbourne

The best pre- and post-theatre dining in Melbourne

Fuel up before a big show or extend your city visit at these local eateries.

Melbourne’s most romantic date-night restaurants

Melbourne’s most romantic date-night restaurants

Find the best restaurants to book for birthdays, anniversaries or just because.

Melbourne's best rooftop bars

Melbourne's best rooftop bars

Schedule in a rooftop sesh at Morris House, Good Heavens, Fable, Ocean 12 and more.

Melbourne's best cafes that open late

Melbourne's best cafes that open late

These Melbourne cafes are open late for evening coffee runs.

After dark dessert bars

After dark dessert bars

Discover Melbourne's best cakes, cocktails and sweet treats after the lights go down.

The best first date bars in Melbourne

The best first date bars in Melbourne

These cute hidden gems and fun date-night spots will give you something to talk about. 

Unique first date ideas in Melbourne

Unique first date ideas in Melbourne

Ban boring dates with these cute night spots and fun activities for two.

The best late-night bars and music venues in Melbourne

The best late-night bars and music venues in Melbourne

Find intimate vinyl bars, iconic band rooms and live music bars open late.

Curious

Curious

Curious pairs bold concoctions with a menu of small bites and sharing plates.

Stalactites Restaurant

Stalactites Restaurant

One of Melbourne’s longest established and best-known Greek restaurants.

Bar Margaux

Bar Margaux

Late night bar and brasserie serving cocktails, wine and French comfort food.

Waiters Restaurant

Waiters Restaurant

Serving unfussy, home-style Italian food to a late-night crowd since 1947.

Gimlet at Cavendish House

Gimlet at Cavendish House

An elegant cocktail bar and dining room from renowned chef Andrew McConnell.

Bodega Underground

Bodega Underground

Bodega is a late night taqueria and underground mezcaleria in the basement of the Crossley Hotel.

Dragon Hot Pot

Dragon Hot Pot

Choose your base stock, then pick from over 100 fresh ingredients to make your own unique hotpot.

The George on Collins

The George on Collins

An up-market basement venue and eatery within the historic Georges building.

The Carlton Club Hotel

The Carlton Club Hotel

Offers a rooftop bar, dining, a cocktail bar and nightclub, right in the heart of the city.

Johnny's Green Room

Johnny's Green Room

A rooftop bar above King & Godfree with great views, tunes and Italian inspired food and drinks.

Flower Drum Restaurant

Flower Drum Restaurant

An iconic upscale Cantonese restaurant serving delicious food.

Nightlife

Nightlife

Dance the night away, sip cocktails in a stylish bar or catch some live music.​

Last updated on Mon 15 Apr 2024

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