Best Melbourne Cocktail Bars
Melbourne has some of the best bars in the world. These are my favourites, ranging from casual spots, to table service venues where the staff wears waistcoats. But without fail, they all take cocktails seriously. Whether you love a Negroni, Old Fashioned or an of-the-moment creation (there’s one every week), it’s good news for drinkers; better news still: Melbourne has some of the best cocktail bars in the world.
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.
There’s also an extensive spirits list including local products from the likes of Bundaberg Rum to Amaro Lucano. You can relax in elegant surrounds that include leather Chesterfield couches while you peruse the drink menu which boasts over 140 different drinks. Book your next function or sample The Everleigh Bottling Co at home.
Eau-de-Vie is a Melbourne cocktail bar, hidden behind a book case. The Whisky Room is home to a large collection of rare and exclusive whiskies, as well as Bottle Lockers, where you can purchase your favourite spirit bottle and store it for your next visit.
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.
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.
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. Make your reservation at Lui Bar for a tempting snack menu designed by Vue de monde that pairs perfectly with cocktails like the ‘Kirin Ginger Smash’ or the ‘Cucumber Collins’.
Lui Bar is the ultimate cocktail experience, with an extensive wine, Champagne and beer collection. Contact their staff or book your next function in this lavish rooftop bar & checkout their Jazz Sundays.
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 cocktails are hand crafted and wine list showcases some of the best drops from around the world. And if you’re feeling peckish, the French comfort food will have you covered.
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, Nick and Nora’s Melbourne brings the couples legendary parties and love for all things cocktail and champagne to its exceptional inner city location.
The magnificent food menu compliments the extensive range of champagne and cocktails perfectly, featuring oysters, caviar, local and imported cheese as well as substantial canapés.
If you’re looking for a sleek, intimate and 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.
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.
Bar Americano is another impeccable offering from Matt Bax, the maverick behind Caffe Sospeso, Bar Economico and Bar Exuberante.
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 with bright colors to make the space feel more lively.
The island takes its name from the elusive Ponyfish seen swimming in the Yarra River that is still debated whether it actually exists or just a legend. And there’s no bookings, walk-in only.
Gimlet at Cavendish House is a cocktail bar and dining room in Melbourne, Victoria. This space is open for all seasons and reasons, from casual catch-ups to intimate booths to elegant dining stage above the city streets.
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., with classic European charisma brought to the heart of Melbourne.
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.
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.
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) who was given free reign to be as creative as he wanted.
The result is something unique and spectacular – Storyville fantasy themed bar transports guests through time with its storybook aesthetic where every detail tells a tale of decadence and intrigue. There are nods to classic fairy tales throughout the design, including Alice in Wonderland’s White Rabbit on the entrance wall.
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. There are also many spaces to enjoy drinks at any time of year!
Lily Blacks is a cocktail bar for the true aficionado. Bringing the prestige of the golden era of cocktails to its illustrious lane way location, Lily Blacks serves up some of Melbourne’s finest pre-prohibition libations. From avant-garde classics to modern class drinks, this world renowned drinking venue has something for everyone and can be found tucked away on Meyers Place in Melbourne’s Paris end.
Above Board is a cocktail bar in the heart of Collingwood, Victoria Australia. Owner Hayden Lambert has impeccable bartending credentials (Bar Americano, the Merchant Hotel). Business partners Manu Potoi (Rockwell & Sons, Bar Liberty) and Cornelis Ribbe. There are no intimate corner tables or booths – the only place to sit is at the big 12-seat island bar, or the coveted pair of two-seater banquettes behind it.
Saving Grace is a cosy 50 seat diner bar modelled in traditional American style, nestled on the ground floor of an unassuming building on the corner of St James Lane and Church Lane in Melbourne’s CBD. Saving Grace features a large curved hardwood bar designed for seating, a booth section, and outward facing window benches designed to be enjoyed in small groups. The space has been meticulously designed with elements such as industrial-style lighting and furniture that reflects its roots as an old-school American diner.
Golden Monkey is your oriental drinking den and nightspot hidden away on Melbourne’s Hardware Lane. Discover their romantic, mysterious, and pleasure-seeking venue. Part opium den, part Shanghai 1920s nightspot, the Golden Monkey Bar is dedicated to serving you fine drinks and fun times. Hidden away in Melbourne’s Hardware Lane, this bespoke basement bar is one of the CBD’s best kept secrets.
1806 Cocktail Bar
Named after the year the word ‘cocktail’ came into lexicon, 1806 is an award-winning bar that lives and breathes the history of the classic cocktails since 2007. Priding themselves on using premium spirits, homemade fixings and the freshest produce to bring you house favourites and classics. 169 Exhibition Street – read more…
Nick & Nora’s Melbourne
Nick & Nora’s is a cocktail and champagne bar that brings the golden era of glamourous and decadent post probation soirees to the modern day. Bringing you legendary parties with hospitality from world class bartenders in this exclusive elegant event space. 80 Collins Street – read more…
Trouble in Dreams
Trouble in Dreams is a cocktail and wine-bar focused on high quality and original cocktails in Footscray. Accompanied by a rotating list of interesting, minimal-intervention wines, a curated selection of craft beers and some delicious cheese and charcuterie. 297 Barkly Street, Footscray – read more…
Opened by Matthew Bax, Bar Americano pays homage to the Golden Age of drinking when the American Bar’s drinks were USA’s greatest cultural export. Serving classic cocktails that change seasonally with daily distillations, elixirs and infusions. Located at 20 Presgrave Place – read more…
Established in 2019, Bar Clara provides an adventure for the senses while enjoying great company. With creative and engaging and well balanced cocktails made from whole, fresh and interesting ingredients. You’ll also find a genuine environment with warm human connection that’s all too often missed in our modern isolated times. 87 Little Bourke Street – read more…
Underneath Chin Chin restaurant, you’ll find GoGo, the sweet mistress, tempting you to settle in, stay a while and spend the evening exploring its little black book of cocktails. The cocktail selection highlights South East Asian ingredients according to the season and sports a unique and wonderful wine list. 125 Flinders Lane – read more…
Lay Low Bar
The Lay Low recreates worldwide hospitality experiences in your very own neighbourhood bar. Enter through the hidden door and ask the team to take you through the bespoke house made cocktails created with local seasonal produce and an exclusive food menu. 93 Buckley Street, Seddon – read more…
A bar and restaurant with a location as unique as its name, Ponyfish Island is Melbourne’s newest venue, a floating haven hidden in the heart of the Yarra River. Located under the Pedestrian Street Footbridge, Ponyfish Island gives you a chance to castaway the big city with drinks and food on demand. read more…
Union Electric Bar & Rooftop Gin Garden
Union Electric; Melbourne’s favourite laneway cocktail bar. A cheeky little rooftop bar serving the finest cocktails, craft beers, gin and rum; featuring loud shirts and old school hip hop, you’ll find them constantly creating and evolving drink menus with strange and wonderful new flavours. Located at 13 Heffernan Lane, read more…
Eau De Vie Melbourne
Straight out of the 1920’s prohibition America, you’ll be taken back to a forgotten era. Hidden behind a bookcase, the Eau-de-Vie‘s Whisky Room boasts a large collection of rare and exclusive whiskies. You’ll also find cocktails, intimate booths and mingle at shared high tables. Located on 1 Malthouse Lane – read more…
The LuWow Tiki Bar
Can’t Travel? Experience a tropical Tiki party in the LuWoW Cocktail Bar! Well known for it’s eye-popping cinematic décor, sensational long lost sounds and above all, their amazing tropical cocktails has re-opened it’s doors in a prime spot in Melbourne’s CBD on 212 Little Collins Street, read more…
A Fitzroy institution for 19 years, the Black Perl fosters some of the most amazing talent to come from the Australian bartending scent. In the heart of Melbourne’s hospitality mecca, its a meeting place for their amazing regulars and cocktail lovers alike. 304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – read more…
Mjølner is a luxe Viking and Norse inspired restaurant, immerse yourself in award winning hospitality and surrounds featuring contemporary Scandinavian design and historic Viking features. Delivering a unique and indulgent dining experience, offering guests escapism and the enjoyment of fine food and world class beverages. 106 Hardware Street – read more…
Bad Frankie showcases the range of boutique Australian spirits and complements them with the iconic Jaffle. Producing a bar that would have existed during the early 20th century, Bad Frankie showcases the range of excellent produce from across the country. 141 Greeves St, Fitzroy – read more…
Whisky and Alement
Whisky and Alement has over a thousand whiskies from the classics to independent bottlings. Australia’s largest collection of Scotch Malt Whisky Society on pour right through to some of the rarest whiskies. Paired with tasty cocktails and rotating list of amazing crafter beers, this friendly, cosy bar has you covered. 270 Russell Street – read more…
Sample late night martinis and classic cocktails in Gin Palace’s quirky basement lounge with electric old-world charm. Peruse the menu featuring vast quantities of the best and worst gins in the world, or indulge in a cocktail list influenced by rare, fresh and seasonal ingredients. 10 Russell Place – read more…