Caffeine and cocktails – we really can't name a more iconic duo. We’ve found some of the best espresso martinis in Melbourne, so make a date and start sipping!

Fable's Le Chat Noir

Aim for the skies and land at Fable, Melbourne's highest rooftop bar. The bespoke cocktail list is inspired by fables and stories throughout history. Named after what's believed to be the first ever modern cabaret, this cold brew focused beverage is a real show stopper. Think Tia Maria, French dark cacao liqueur and chocolate chilli caramel.

Cocktails on a bench
Top tipples at Fable

Banoffee coffee from Pearl Diver

Take a post-theatre foray into the French Quarter of New Orleans at Pearl Diver. This new oyster bar offers some of the best bevs in town, and the banana coffee cocktail does exactly what it says on the box. Dessert-level decadence is achieved with a combo of butternut biscuit, Havana rum, coffee by St Ali and a creamy milk wash.

Private Charles cocktail at Nick & Nora's

The cocktails are suitably glamorous at Art Deco–themed Nick & Nora’s. Like Private Charles, a rich coffee and strawberry mix that’s bitter yet sweet. The sophisticated potion blends cognac, rye whiskey and allspice. Plus a hit of caffeine to keep everything on the level.

Two cocktails with nitro smoke
Nick and Nora's

Bar Clara’s coco-spresso

Hidden underneath Chinatown, Bar Clara is a gorgeous basement bar with an expertly curated cocktail list. And their version of this classic cocktail is no exception. A blend of Boston Black Coffee, Okar Mocha coffee liqueur, coconut and rose water makes the coco-spresso an unmissable indulgence.

Espresso Zabaione from Eau de Vie

Eau de Vie’s next-level espresso martini begins with your choice of top-shelf vodka, rum or whisky. Coffee and maple syrup are stirred in by your mixologist, and saffron-vanilla mousse is layered on top. Then the whole concoction is chilled with liquid nitrogen to form a frozen cap. Give it a crack and get sipping!

A cocktail with nitro smoke on top
Espresso Zabaione from Eau de Vie

Q Rooftop's mocha hazelnut espresso cocktail

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 names, like the caffeine-loaded 'Ding Ding'. You're in for a sweet treat, with mocha and hazelnut liqueur, Vietnamese coffee, coconut and spices.

Half price cocktails at The George

The George on Collins has something for everyone, including half-price cocktails on Thursdays. Head there between 4pm and 6pm to get 50 per cent off the entire cocktail list. That means $12 espresso martinis! Linger into the evening with one of the iconic 'feed me’ menus and make a night of it.

A hand holding an espresso martini over a table
Happy hour espresso martinis. Image via The George.

Little Brother’s Vietnamese coffee martini

Feeling more inclined towards some Asian-inspired indulgence? Little Brother Cafe’s salted coconut espresso martini has plenty of zing. It’s a drinkable dream of spirit-fired Vietnamese coffee, topped with coconut shards and coffee beans.

Curious coffee cocktails

Follow W Melbourne’s spiral staircase underground to Curious. The drinks menu is split into key Melbourne themes, with an entire section dedicated to coffee. Try the Blend 43, a combination of hemp seed infused vodka, cold brew and coffee liqueur. Take it sweet with a cherry infused rye and vermouth drop, or blend your daily brew with macadamia and mead.

A person's hand hovering over an espresso martini
Espresso martinis are on the menu for summer

Bar Bambi tiramisu martini

This late-night lounge has filled the Cherry Bar–shaped hole on AC/DC Lane. If you need a pick-me-up between DJ sets and live piano tunes, the decadent tiramisu martini is here for you. Think dark choc liqueur, Italian amaretto, a smooth ristretto shot and house-made masala cream.

Spiced espresso martini at Glamp

Spin a safari twist on your next martini at Glamp. Your glamping bartender will keep the strong coffee coming with a Mzungu Martini. A blend of spiced rum, creamy Amarula, blackberry liqueur and espresso, it’ll be sure to get the party started.

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Bouvardia Cocktail Bar

Bouvardia is a small, experimental cocktail bar.

Lui Bar

Look out over Melbourne from above the clouds at this luxurious bar on the Rialto's 55th floor.

Bar Margaux

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

Juliet Melbourne

Below Punch Lane, Juliet's serves wine and cocktails in a rustic basement bar.

Last updated on Wed 11 May 2022

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