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Melbourne, you deserve a drink. Make up for lost time and discover new bars to celebrate in. Driving in? Learn how to score $15 weekday parking in the city.
This late-night lounge has filled the Cherry Bar–shaped hole on AC/DC Lane. Expect a live music lineup that shakes things up each night, from DJs to piano singers. The LA and European-inspired lounge is dishing up Italian share plates, paired with an extensive negroni and spritz menu. We'll take a carbonara toastie and the negroni fountain, thanks.
Head for the skies and land on Melbourne's highest rooftop bar, 14 storeys up. Feast on Mediterranean-style share plates while you enjoy the sweeping city views. The bespoke cocktail list is inspired by fables and stories throughout history. Try 'The Birth of Venus' with vermouth, elderflower and salted apple shrub. Opening from 19 November.
Arbory Afloat Turquoise Coast
Melbourne’s beloved floating bar is back. Escape the city with the new Turquoise Coast themed fit-out. Think ancient olive trees, thatched roofing and a sun-drenched pool deck. The Four Pillars pink gin collab also returns for another year, along with eight house cocktails on tap. Pair with Med-style foodie treats, epic pizzas and more.
The Q Melbourne rooftop bar
Up on Level 28 of Australia's first Quincy Hotel, the Q Bar offers hawker snacks and cocktails next to a glittering rooftop pool. A cheeky drinks list includes Melbourne-centric 'Under The Clocks', and an Aussie icy pole inspired 'Summers at the Servo'. Come with an appetite and share fusion plates of prickly ash tofu, coffin bay oysters and garlic chilli ribs on roasted rice. Book online.
Nick and Nora's
Champagne towers, nitro cocktails and a 1930s inspired fit out. Nick and Nora's is extra in all the right ways. Head in for a night out and enjoy smoke-filled bubble cocktails, espresso martinis served in a frozen haze and more. Hungry? Oysters, lobster rolls and charcuterie boards are available for snacking. Book online.
Part rooftop bar, part local produce diner, 100% your next laneway cocktail destination. Wander up Little Collins Street and let the royal blue façade of Sojourn sneak up on you out of nowhere. The uniquely designed shipping container-style spot is one of Melbourne's newest hidden gems, right next to Scott Pickett's Chancery Lane.
Just opened in Melbourne's $1.24 billion Collins Arch Building is the city's first ever W Hotel. After you've checked out the top floor pool and cocktail bar, head all the way downstairs to Curious. Wander past walls of ticking clocks and emerge in a neon-lit, cocoon-esque cocktail wonderland. Book online.
Farmer's Daughters rooftop
Farmer's Daughter is a three-storey culinary wonderland dedicated to all things local. Go upstairs for a lush green rooftop space, serving all Australian spirits with garnishes grown on site. Think spicy margaritas, signature martinis, grapefruit soda spritzes and more. Bar snacks include house made soda bread, cultured butter and seasonal cheeseboards. Book online now.
The Douglas Club
A stunning piece of Art Deco architecture has been reimagined as the new Hilton Hotel Little Queen Street. Inside you'll find the Douglas Club, a glamorous 1930s inspired cocktail bar. Park yourself beneath the projected mood lighting for Havana rum, Lamington inspired drinks and a caramel passionfruit creation called the 'No.9'. Then linger over parmesan truffle fries and a lobster roll or two.
Summer's Garden Bar
With limited seating and lantern-lit decor, Summer's Garden really feels like you're in a tiny Tokyo laneway bar. The team sources 'super rare' whisky (like a 100+ year-old bottle of Nikka), along with a great range of sakes and wine. For a relaxing time, make it a Summer's Garden time.
Cathedral Coffee Wine Bar
Days at Cathedral are filled with Italian sandwiches, Portuguese tarts and espresso. But we'll be hanging around after hours for their new late-night bar. Order natural wines from local producers for a unique, tart twist on your usual drop. Pair with small plates like white anchovy on fennel slaw, aged cheese boards and more.
Handpicked Cellar Door at 80 Collins
Cheese and wine. We really can't name a better duo, and Handpicked pairs them to perfection. The Melbourne outpost of this five-star winery is the perfect spot for luxe knock offs, pre-theatre drinks or after dinner nightcaps. Experience the vineyard range with a wine and cheese flight, or peruse the fridge display for your fave new fromage.
The Barrel Room
The Barrel Room is Next Hotel's very own wood-ageing program for spirits, cocktails and herbal liquors. Visit to see the decanting process, arrange an exclusive tasting or request something to be barrel-aged on site. Want the full experience? Book one of a mere eight seats at the table and get immersed.
More Melbourne bars open for walk ins and bookings
Eau de Vie
A bar with liquid nitrogen cocktails, tasting menus, plus a secret lounge hidden behind a bookcase.
A sophisticated bar devoted to the worship of whisky and craft beer.
The Carlton Club Hotel
The Carlton Hotel - the Carlton Club - is a mirage in the heart of Melbourne.
Panoramic views and inventive cocktails in an all-season rooftop garden setting.
Transport Public Bar
Bustling pub in Federation Square with tasty pub meals and an impressive range of drinks.
Floating bar on the Yarra River under the Southbank pedestrian bridge.
Last updated on Wed 29 Dec 2021
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New Gold Mountain
Double-storey cocktail bar that blends old-world Shanghai glamour with modern boudoir decadence.
The Champagne Bar
QT Melbourne's sleek new space to sip an early-evening aperitif.
The Tessie Pearl is a South Wharf bar with a reputation. And they like it that way.