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.

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 bar with velvet booth seating and city skyline views.

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. Opening from 19 November.

A bar floating on the river

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.

Patio tables beside the Yarra River, with astroturf and a wooden bar area.

Pétanque Social

This glittering summer pop-up is back with a fresh new sustainable look. Think eco-friendly paints, worm farm composting, garnishes grown on site and bike-powered phone chargers. Take a seat riverside and dine on foodie delights from Nobu and Gradi, then kick on with cocktails, lawn games and more.

Long shot of interior of a room with banquette seating against the walls, tables and upholstered chairs.

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.

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.

A woman sitting at a rooftop bar

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.

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

Curious

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.

A rooftop bar with vertical garden greenery growing on the walls

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.

A woman sitting at a bar

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.

Three people sitting at the bar. A lounge area by a large window to their right.

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.

Wall of bottles on large shelving behind bar.

Bijou

In the site of a 100+ year-old building comes Bijou, the latest boozy expedition by the team behind Gin Palace. Pop in for a takeaway bottle of something fancy (like local dry gin from the Melbourne Gin Company) or hang around for cocktails and crudités.

Wine glasses and cheese boards on a table

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.

A woman in a bar filled with wine barrels on the wall

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

1806

A serious cocktail bar with an extensive menu and full table service.

Eau de Vie

A bar with liquid nitrogen cocktails, tasting menus, plus a secret lounge hidden behind a bookcase.

Johnny's Green Room

Rooftop bar above Carlton's King & Godfree.

Boilermaker House

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.

Loop Roof

Panoramic views and inventive cocktails in an all-season rooftop garden setting.

Goldilocks

Hidden rooftop bar serving creative cocktails.

Transport Public Bar

Bustling pub in Federation Square with tasty pub meals and an impressive range of drinks.

Ponyfish Island

Floating bar on the Yarra River under the Southbank pedestrian bridge.

Good Heavens

Rooftop bar on Bourke Street with '80s-inspired cocktails, craft beer and Australian wine.

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