Melbourne, you deserve a drink. Make up for lost time and discover new bars to celebrate in.

Two women in a wine bar with fridges of wine and retail products.

V Wine Salon

Part boutique wine bar, part provedore. V Wine Salon is a French-inspired wine and cheese haven with a firm focus on sustainability. Pick your favourite bottle from the wall to take home. Or sit and savour it at the stunning handcrafted timber tables in the bar. Add a plate of charcuterie from small-scale producers and make a date with the cheese trolley. Choose from a curated selection of gourmet fromage, perfectly paired with wines from around the globe.

A mood-lit bar with a green feature wall

Yarra Falls

Blink and you'll miss Yarra Falls, an inventive new spot hidden inside a heritage listed building. The menu is a constantly rotating affair, with a focus on Victorian produce and seasonal ingredients. But you can always count on the house-made potato bread, which has fast become a fan favourite. The beautiful water feature behind the bar isn't just for show, either. It's a thoughtful reference to a natural waterfall that was blown up in 1883, despite being an important indigenous meeting place.

People seated at a rooftop bar under a yellow awning with the Melbourne skyline in the background.

Her Melbourne

The crew behind Arbory Afloat have finally opened their massive new multi-storey venue. HER is a vertical laneway celebrating food, drinks, music and art. Enter the moody ground floor bar and knock back Negronis and pommes frites, or soar up to the rooftop for a Med-style escape. The resident diner BKK offers a fresh take on Thai BBQ, with open flames grilling juicy meat, seafood, crispy pork belly and more.

A wooden box filled with small Japanese food dishes

Sakedokoro Namara

Sake on tap, whisky highballs and a ‘hallucination cocktail’ made with mushroom infused gin. Sakedokoro is one of many new hidden neighborhood gems you need to discover in North Melbourne. Pair your sake flight (or happy hour tipple) with the chef’s ‘omakase’ box. It’s nine small bites like rolled omelette, scallops, torched unagi and more. Photo by @SofiaKLevin for What's On.

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Yarra Botanica

Yarra Botanica is a new floating bar set to take over the river year-round. Poised with a perfect view of four iconic Melbourne bridges, this luxe greenhouse spot boasts a native herb garden, epic gin list and fresh seafood menu. Climb aboard and catch a perfect peachy sunset before daylight saving ends.

Mezzanine piano bar and main dining room at Bar Bambi, with banquette tables and seating.

Bar Bambi

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.

A woman standing at a pastel pink bar on a city rooftop.

Pomelo Rooftop Bar

Playful, neon-drenched and hidden down a laneway. Pomelo takes its cues from '80s Miami Art Deco. Think splashes of ice-cream pastel colours and a giant geometric mural. Try the slushie cocktails or grab a refreshing Pomelo seltzer. They're crafted and canned in-house with ingredients like banana miso and buttered popcorn.

Woman seated at a small table in a dimly lit modern bar with striking ceiling design of panels.

Curious

Housed 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.

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Sojourn Melbourne

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.

A cocktail with a bubble dome on top

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.

Four people dining and drinking cocktails in a corner booth of a city rooftop bar.

Fable Melbourne

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.

People at a rooftop bar talking and having a drink.

The Stolen Gem

The views from this eight-storey high rooftop terrace steal the show. Look out over Bourke Street and the GPO as you enjoy sushi boxes with all the trimmings, canape-style share plates and creative cocktails like a pavlova gin spritz.

More of the best new bars

Parcs

A smallish, ferment and wine bar driven by a mission to minimise food waste.

Dame

An all-day dining cafe with everything from coffee to cocktails and snacks in between.

Summer's Garden Bar

Japanese-inspired bar in North Melbourne with a great selection of whisky and sake.

Farmer's Daughters

A three-storey farm-to-table venue from Alejandro Saravia, celebrating the Gippsland region.

Last updated on Mon 4 Jul 2022

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