Best Bars around Melbourne’s CBD 2022
The best Melbourne CBD bars, pubs & rooftop bars are all within walking distance of each other. Find Melbourne’s iconic hidden bars and local sports bars that show every game live. Enjoy the complete list from St Kilda to Windsor, Footscray, Brunswick & Fitzroy wine bars.
At Trinket bar’s Step through the wardrobe and into a hidden cellar bar that’s perfect for private events with a touch of wow factor. Their bartenders will serve up your favourite cocktails in this moody space, complete with a private bar for up to 50 guests.
Romeo Lane is a cocktail bar in Melbourne, Australia. The drinks menu features classic cocktails and newly invented ones, as well as seasonal small plates. There’s plenty of old-world charm at this place with the addition of Prohibition era-style drinks to create an enjoyable experience for anyone looking for a drink.
Boilermaker House is a blues filled temple devoted to malt whisky, craft beer and delicious cocktail menu. Boilermakers are a pairing of beer and whisky that creates an experience more than the sum of its parts. With over 900 whiskies and an ever-rotating tap list.
The Melbourne Rooftop Bar is a popular spot for after-work drinks, but there’s more on offer than just that. There are an impressive selection of cocktails, beer and cider available as well as neat wine. Burgers and fries are also available for your hunger cravings.
Bar Liberty Fitzroy Melbourne, Australia is an innovative and fun bar with a laid-back approach. The refashioned bar globe, with champagne sabre (a sword used to slice the top off champagne bottles), being able to drink bourbon from a 1956 Ford Thunderbird are all just some of the reasons why Bar Liberty is so special.
Old Palm Liquor
Walk into Old Palm Liquor Brunswick bar on Lygon Street and you feel like you’re in a friend’s lounge room. The music is great (expect everything from jazz to soul), as is the company. Old Palm Liquor is the sequel to North Fitzroy’s six-years-older Neighbourhood Wine.
The Shady Lady
The Shady Lady Fitzroy bar is a classic watering hole in Melbourne, Australia. Orange tasselled lampshades cast a soft glow over the long bar lined with stools. It’s comfortable and familiar inside 36 Johnston Street – dimly lit with worn concrete floors, dark teal paint on the walls and wood panelling for that lived-in feel.
Section 8 Melbourne bar is a hip outdoor Melbourne bar set in an old vacant car park between Lonsdale Street and Chinatown. Known simply as the ‘container bar’ because the staff serve drinks from a bar converted from a shipping container, the place is quite possibly hipster heaven, with graffiti-covered walls, wooden pallets strewn about in place of chairs, and steel drums for tables.
Bar Margaux is Melbourne’s new late night love affair. With a menu built on French bistro classics alongside daily specials, an extensive wine and cocktail list, and a substantial supper menu available until close, Bar Margaux is the perfect place to wind down after a long day or kick off a night out.
The Sweatshop Basement Bar & Yard. A New York inspired basement bar is perfect for any event, from private dinners to cocktail parties. With an urban and industrial chic vibe, this space offers complete privacy and can accommodate up to 30 guests for a sit down dinner or 120 guests for a cocktail party.
Ferdydurke Melbourne Bar is inspired by Witold Gombrowicz’s classic surrealist novel. Our interior takes inspiration from the eccentricity and creativity of the novel, with floor to ceiling poster art and a love for all things absurd and eclectic. Perched high in a historic 1860s building above an iconic Melbourne laneway, Ferdydurke’s loft is a celebration of our favourite pastimes; leisure, pleasure and liquor.
Double Happiness Melbourne bar exudes an Oriental charm that would be its destiny before doors even opened. With more than 19 years of trade under its belt, Double Happiness is responsible for creating approximately 181 jobs in the Melbourne area and has been a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Boasting a unique cocktail list, delicious food menu and fun atmosphere.
Above Board is a cocktail bar in Collingwood, Victoria Australia. It´s all about the drinks and the experience of drinking them with your friends. There are no fancy cocktails here – just great drinks made by bartenders who know what they’re doing.
The Lui Bar Melbourne is a sophisticated cocktail bar situated on Level 55 of the Rialto building. The atmospheric space echoes Melbourne’s Gold Rush-era with its decadent décor and an extensive wine, Champagne, beer and spirit collection.
The Everleigh is a Melbourne bar for cocktail connoisseurs. The drinks menu includes creative cocktails like Son of a Beesting, made with Settlers Old Tom gin, lemon, honey and ginger; or Honky Tonk made with Bourbon and Montenegro.
The Arbory Afloat just of Flinders Walk is a vibrant space to enjoy drinks and Turkish dining from their extensive menu. The Arbory is located right next to their sister venue The Arbory Bar & Eatery, beside Flinders Station so you can take in Melbourne’s most scenic spots while sipping your cocktails.
Arbory Bar & Eatery
Arbory Bar and Eatery in Melbourne is a unique venue in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. This iconic, historic location has been lovingly restored to provide a stylish yet relaxed space where you can escape from the daily grind. The venue features an urban beer garden hideaway with delicious seasonal dishes.
Goldilocks bar is a rooftop bar with a focus on local Victorian craft brew & wine but also showcases the weird and wonderful from around the globe. With quality original and classic cocktails, delectable food options and a big focus on sustainability and recycling.
Heartbreaker is a bar that has an intimate aesthetic vibe. The red neon sign, “HEARTBREAKER”, crowns this Melbourne bar which is the antithesis of Maadrusan’s first bar, “THE EVERLEIGH“. This place features cocktails & dinner from Connie’s Pizza.
Beneath Driver Lane
Beneath Driver Lane is a shrine to quality liquor, good food and great times. This basement bar’s located in Basement 3 Driver Lane, Melbourne in the heart of the CBD and is one of our cities original buildings. Within it’s raw brick walls you’ll find a welcoming environment housing top quality food and drinks menu.
Kirk’s Wine Bar
Nestled in the heart of Melbourne CBD, Kirk’s Wine Bar offers an elegant European setting with Parisian-style outdoor seating and cosy indoor space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Breakfast is available until midday, with croque monsieur and smoked salmon on potato blini accompanied by sunny-side up eggs.
Bartronica is an arcade bar on 335 Flinders Lane Melbourne that brings back the nostalgic gaming memories of your youth. They have an extensive collection of vintage games from all eras. Play classics like Pac Man, Space Invaders and Tetris or get competitive with Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat III.
Angel Music Bar
Angel Music Bar is a unique, two-level venue in the heart of Melbourne. Similar to a wine bar cross nightclub with Funktion-One sound systems. A popular Melbourne musician, Con Christopoulos has packed in a lot of work with this new creation.
Ponyfish Island is a floating bar anchored under the Southbank pedestrian bridge in Melbourne. They serve fresh Asian-inspired cuisine, crafty cocktail menu and local wine and beer. Following a redesign, Ponyfish Island now features terrazzo-topped tables, comfy lounge areas and custom sunshades.
Union Electric Bar
Union Electric is a hip hop laneway cocktail bar and rooftop gin garden that creates strange new flavours. They have craft beers, gin, rum, and are named after Bill Murray’s character in the film “Groundhog Day.” Union Electric has an old school vibe with modern twists on classic cocktails.
Bar Americano is a homage to the Golden Age of drinking and pays tribute to the great American bars that were USA’s greatest cultural export. Serving classic cocktails that change seasonally with daily distillations, elixirs and infusions at 20 Presgrave Place. As soon as you enter it’ll remind you of the quintessential Parisian bars of the 1920s.
The Crowne Plaza Dive Bar is a great place to spend some time with friends or on your own. With neon lights and an old-school feel, you will be transported back to simpler times as soon as you step inside. They have a large drinks menu that range from beer on tap to cocktails and wine.
Tetto Di Carolina
Tetto di Carolina rooftop cocktail bar is part of the Carolina complex on Toorak Road, which includes Bar Carolina and Cantina Carolina. Tetto is smooth, suave, expensively dressed and comfortably luxurious. It offers classic cocktails with a modern twist, as well as infused and herbal drinks. For example, the Wall Street combines sandalwood-infused bourbon with Martini Rubero and Lillet Blanc.
Hope St Radio
Hope Street Radio is a wine bar and digital radio station located in Collingwood, Australia. The two-story venue features an intimate ground level space with live music and DJs, Hope St Radio champions local musicians, produce and offer a 60-strong wine list with international grapes like Bordeaux, Champagne, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or even Italian Nebbiolo.
Fun and kitschy rooftop bar in Melbourne, Madame Brussels. This bar is decked out in all things cutesy and pastel, with plenty of timber furniture and AstroTurf to make you feel like you’re outdoors. The drinks list is full of tongue-in-cheek references to jugs, balls, and oral pleasure – so be prepared to blush! The staff are flirty and fun, making this the perfect spot.
Ends and Means
At Ends and Means, sustainability is key. This Melbourne bar produces less than one bag of landfill a day, thanks to its focus on being low-waste. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on cocktails – in fact, they’re still some of the best in town. Owners Marc Frew and Josh Hunt opened Ends and Means with a vision of creating a sustainable cocktail bar, and they’ve succeeded.
Whisky & Alement
Step into the dimly lit Whisky and Alement bar in Melbourne, Australia and you’ll feel as if you’ve entered a whisky lovers paradise. With over 350 whiskies to choose from, this bar knows how to please a crowd. Whether you’re a Scotch aficionado or just looking to explore new drams, there is something for everyone at Whisky and Alement. The knowledgeable staff are always happy to help make recommendations and guide newcomers through the world of whisky.
Mr West is a craft beer, wine and cocktail bar in Footscray. They offer 26 rotating taps of craft beers and wines, as well as cocktails made with fresh fruit juices, house-made syrups and liqueurs. They are also open late every day! This is a great place to come for a drink before dinner or after work.
Arlechin is a late night bar that serves food. The vibe here is dark and moody, with high ceilings, marble bar, and seating for 40 people. This place has clever lighting, as well as the wine cellar from Grossi stored behind glass like an offering to Bacchus himself. With its long marble bar and seats for forty people, this nondescript alley has borne fruit at last with Arlechin.
The Moon is a wine bar in Collingwood that has a feeling of being like the VIP room of a nightclub or cocktail lounge. They have an approachable list of wines by the glass, with a slant towards Alsatian styles and more out-there stuff. If you don`t know anything about wine, this might not be your place to go; if you do have some knowledge or are adventurous when it comes to wine, then this would be perfect for you!
Archive Wine Bar
Archive Wine Bar is a hole-in-the-wall wine bar that was started by Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis (owners of Lethbridge Wines) and partners Graham and Ingrid Sutherland. It boasts a 170-strong list of wines, and Graham can often be spotted at the bar armed with a trusty Coravin. Barolo, Burgundy, Yarra Valley.
If you’re looking for a Melbourne institution, look no further than Cookie. This bar has something for everyone, with a versatile space that morphs from beer hall to cocktail bar to Thai restaurant throughout the day and night. Whether you’re a local or just in town for a visit, Cookie is definitely worth checking out.
The Gin Palace is a Melbourne cocktail bar that offers a luxurious and opulent experience. With dim lighting, plush seating, and velvet walls, the Gin Palace feels like a hidden gem in the basement of an old building. The cocktails are expertly made and reasonably priced, making it a great place to relax after work or on the weekend.
Dessous is a subterranean bar and restaurant in Melbourne that offers a menu of snacks, but also enough to nudge casual drinkers into staying for dinner. Once you’re settled in the subterranean space – all greys and marble and low lights – there’s a sense of concealment.
Gerald Diffey and Mario Di Ienno, the brains behind Gerald’s Bar in Carlton, have put their all into this establishment. Between the two of them they have years of experience in some of Melbourne’s best restaurants – but Gerald’s Bar is different. It has a warm light and pleasant atmosphere that will make you feel at home, like a local.
Embla is a restaurant, wine bar and live music venue in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. The dark, rustic interior has been designed by Kiwi architect Allistar Cox and features exposed brick work, timber floors and communal tables. Christian McCabe’s goal was to create an uncomplicated approach to food and wine with partner Dave Verheul
The Elysian Whisky Bar is a small and cosy whisky and cocktail bar located on the lower end of Brunswick Street in Fitzroy. With an ever changing backbar of 350 bottles of rare and interesting whiskies on the shelves, and a focus on Independent Bottlings from around the world.
Diesel Bar & Eatery
Diesel Bar & Eatery is a modern-day interpretation of the old-school speakeasy, where the décor has evolved dramatically to bring you one of Melbourne’s moodiest and contemporary bars. Located in Little Lon’s former red light district, Diesel offers an intimate space that brings together aspects of both past and present.
BYRDI is a Melbourne cocktail bar that takes its inspiration from the local environment, serving drinks that reflect the unique flavour of Victoria Australia. From native fruits to indigenous spices, BYRDI has something for everyone. Located at 211 La Trobe Street in Melbourne and open 7 days a week.
Eau De Vie
Eau-de-Vie is a Melbourne cocktail bar, hidden behind a book case. The bar is straight out of 1920’s prohibition America, and from the moment you walk in you are taken back to a much forgotten era. Once inside you can sit up at the bar, at one of our shared high tables, our low banquette and coffee table seating, or a more intimate and private booth.
The Cherry Bar is a Melbourne CBD bar founded in December 1999 by former Cosmic Psychos drummer Bill Walsh. Located on ACDC Lane (off Flinders Lane between Russell St and Exhibition St), the bar replaced existing artists studios in the building to make a rock music venue that has become a popular concert after-party venue for touring bands and their crews.
Gimlet at Cavendish House
Gimlet at Cavendish House is a cocktail bar and dining room in Melbourne, Victoria. Step into a world of nostalgia and glamour at Gimlet at Cavendish House, located in a landmark 1920s building on leafy Russell Street. It has been lavishly reimagined by Andrew McConnell and Acme & Co.
Bad Frankie is a Fitzroy bar and a great spot for gin lovers. This Melbourne bar stocks 150 gins, all sourced from Australia! The store’s owner and passionate bartender, Seb Costello, has met each distiller in his quest to stock the shelves of this Melbourne establishment. He’ll tell you everything you need to know about any particular spirit—just ask him!
StoryVille is Melbourne’s fairytale-themed bar, where the drinks are mixed with care and the decor is darkly whimsical. Expect to find a bewildering mix of classic children’s novels and grown up stories all over the walls, plus some very interesting magical cocktails mixed with care. The space has been designed by Josh Lefers (Pawn & Co, East 9th Brewing).
Siglo Bar is a modern architectural design with an incredible view of Melbourne. The space has two levels, the first level is made up of timber and steel which acts as a wraparound staircase to the second level where you can enjoy city views from behind glass walls. Designed by studio/collective, Siglo Bar offers drinks and food whilst also being able to cater for events on the second floor.
Paradise Alley is the perfect place to enjoy a drink. The owner, Laura Twomey (ex City Wine Shop) has created a lively and engaging environment that`s popular for all of Fitzroy and Collingwood. Since the place became popular, Laura has been managing the crowd expertly to make sure everyone gets what they want without having to wait too long for it!
Pearl Diver Cocktails and Oysters
The team behind Pearl Diver Cocktails and Oysters Melbourne have brought the best of the sea to landlocked Little Bourke Street. The seafood-focused bar and restaurant offers an ever-changing selection of fresh oysters, as well as cocktails and wine on tap.
Garden State Hotel
Garden State Hotel sports sprawling tiered Beer Garden is the heart and soul of the hotel, with lush greenery and enormous ficus trees tower, seamlessly blending the outdoors in for a beer garden experience.
Golden Monkey Bar is hidden in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane and dedicated to fine drinks and good times. With a focus on cocktails and spirits, Golden Monkey has something for everyone – whether you’re looking for a relaxing opium den-style setting or want to dance the night away in 1920s Shanghai.
Magic Mountain Saloon
Magic Mountain Saloon, Melbourne’s most exciting CBD Thai Restaurant and Bar. The beautiful venue is situated a stone’s throw away from the theatre district and Parliament house, making it the perfect spot for banquets, a la carte dinners, and bottomless brunches.
Loch & Key
Loch & Key is a Melbourne bar that prides itself on being a space that feels like home. This cabin-in-the-woods themed bar is the perfect complement to Captain Melville’s downstairs restaurant and bar. With wood finishes and gentlemen’s club trimmings.
Loop Project Space & Bar
LOOP Project Space Bar is Melbourne’s longest running artist-run space and bar. Supporting emerging artists, musicians and community since 2003, LOOP has been a home for creative minds of all disciplines. With a focus on film, music and art, the bar is a melting pot for filmmakers, DJs and experimental musicians.
Glamp bar and PolēPolē kitchen is an African themed bar with the most amazing architecture. It has a PolēPolē kitchen which offers various snacks and food, famous liquors. PolēPolē is known for its versatility in dishes- everything from continental to Thai to Indian cuisine is on offer. Glamp bar also offers live music performances by renowned Ghanaian musicians every weekend.
The Black Pearl
The Black Pearl bar is a Fitzroy institution for 19 years, fostering some of the most amazing talent to come out of the Australian bar industry. Be sure to check out The Attic on the weekends; bookings can be made via the link above.
Nick & Nora’s Melbourne
Nick and Nora’s is a cocktail and wine bar that brings the golden era of glamourous and decadent post prohibition soirees to the modern day, in the heart of Melbourne. Inspired by fictional murder solving duo Nick and Nora Charles from novel The Thin Man.
Bodega Underground is Melbourne`s first and only mezcal bar. With over 70 bottles of mezcal and 30 tequilas, we are sure to have something for everyone. Our bartenders are passionate about mezcal and are more than happy to teach you about this smokier, more rustic cousin of tequila.
Cumulus Inc. is Melbourne’s premiere wine bar. Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, Cumulus has a grandiose selection of wines from all over the world. The venue has been designed to provide guests with an intimate yet relaxed environment where they can enjoy their favourite bottle or explore new ones at their leisure.
The Mill Restaurant & Charlies Bar
Adding a touch of class to the Hardware Lane precinct, the Mill Restaurant and Charlie’s Bar offer the ultimate in dining and drinking. A CBD bar in a converted warehouse, dressed in decadent shades of chocolate brown and gold, fusing raw brick and timber with soft leather and chandeliers.
A sophisticated venue in the CBD with polished cocktails, Bar Clara is your go to. The basement bar provides you with alluring music, ambient lighting and velvet couches which provide an everlasting luxurious experience. Choose from freshly crafted seasonal cocktails like Banoffee Special with a flamed meringue top or delicious house wine and craft beer.
It’s Spleen Bar. They have booze and are fun. What more do you want? The only thing better than coming in to drink is coming in to play pool, or watch live comedy on Monday nights. You can also get your weekly fix of Shit Pub Trivia on Tuesday night, and rock out with the band every Friday and Saturday night!
Berlin Bar is a European bar with an East/West theme, inspired by the culture and history of Berlin City. It has been designed as a sophisticated yet relaxed space for those seeking out Melbourne’s best cocktails or those simply looking for a nightcap to end their day. The venue features classic seating alongside modern creativity and old fashioned cocktails.
Hidden on Flinders Lane under Chin Chin, GoGo Bar offers an intimate space with 10-seat booths and a delicious menu of Asian-inspired share plates. The cocktails are also something to write home about – think yuzu margaritas, sake slushies and passionfruit martinis.
Murmur Piano Bar
Murmur Piano Bar is Melbourne’s original laneway bar and live music venue. Nestled away in the heart of the CBD, they offer a unique experience for all lovers of music and cocktails. Their baby grand Yamaha piano is perfect for intimate shows, while a lively atmosphere is perfect for letting your hair down.
Her Rooftop Bar
Her Rooftop Bar sits atop the historic Pacific House with a carefully curated selection of boutique wines, beers and spirits. Melbourne’s newest rooftop bar is the perfect place for a casual drink or an intimate dinner.
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, The LuWow Tiki Bar is a tropical paradise. This retro-themed bar features eye-popping cinematic décor, sensational long lost sounds and above all, their amazing tropical cocktails. And if you can’t make it to the tropics for your next holiday, then visit the LuWoW Cocktail Bar!
Swing open the fridge door at Boston Sub in Windsor and you’ll find a little slice of the tropics. Jungle Boy is an unassuming bar out back that serves up delicious rum cocktails. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing Hemingway Spritz or something more exotic, Jungle Boy has you covered. So pull up a chair, take a sip, and let your troubles melt away.
Welcome to 1806, Melbourne’s first and finest cocktail bar. Named after the year the word cocktail came into lexicon, you’ll find premium spirits, homemade fixings and the freshest produce. Whether its a martini or margarita you`re in the mood for, or something a little more adventurous like our signature Pisco Sour, they have something for everyone.
Natural History Public Bar
Natural History Public Bar is a unique and suave late-night American diner slash steakhouse slash caviar and oyster bar. Taking cues from Manhattan’s Natural History Museum and the century-old Grand Central Oyster Bar, this establishment has playfulness woven into its design.
Curious is a hidden cocktail bar in the heart of Melbourne CBD. Downstairs, you will find an intimate setting with dark-timber beams and dimmed lighting. The drinks are expertly crafted by Charlie Ainsbury, who has helped to curate some of Australia’s most respected brands including Proof & Co and Odd Society Spirits.
The Galah Bar is a bougie, high-end wine bar that prides itself on stocking only the finest wines from Australia and around the world. The staff are knowledgeable about the various types of wines, which makes it easy for customers to find something they enjoy. They also have an impressive selection of meats and cheeses for those looking for some light snacks with their drink.
Neighbourhood wine bar Fitzroy north Melbourne provides a relaxed and comfortable environment with an amazing wine selection. The team has put together a 20-page wine list that features natural wines, biodynamic wines and organic wines from around the world. Including a wide selection of local and imported beers on tap.
The Rum Diary Bar
The Rum Diary is a Fitzroy institution, and for good reason. It’s the perfect spot to unwind with a delicious cocktail in hand. The bar features an extensive rum selection, spanning 150 bottles from all over the Caribbean, South America, Mauritius and Spain. Whether you’re looking for a white, golden, spiced or raw rum, The Rum Diary Bar has you covered.
House of Correction
The House of Correction is a cocktail bar with an upscale, yet relaxed atmosphere. The space has been completely redesigned from its somewhat awkward, fairy tale-themed predecessor. Now when you exit the lift onto level four of the building at 264 Swanston Street you’re funnelled down a hallway panelled in frosted glass. At the end, you’re greeted by a well-dressed host.