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Experience Melbourne's vibrant bar scene. Whether you're after a colourful cocktail with a million dollar view or a few quiet pots in a student dive, you're bound to find something that suits your mood and budget. Bar-hop like a local, dance to world class DJs, be baffled by installation art, or chow down on a late night snack.

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Wine bars

Eight of the best

Marion

Learn the stories of Fitzroy in Andrew McConnell's Gertrude Street wine bar for serious wine lovers.

Smalls

As intimate as its name suggests, Smalls bar serves up small-scale wines and bite-sized morsels.

Bar Liberty

'A place for everyone, to drink everything' is what the owners call it. Sounds good to us.

City Wine Shop

Indulge in a tipple and bite to eat among the wine connoisseurs and treasure trove of grape varietals.

Bar Lourinhã

Tuck into Med-inspired tapas and very good vino at Matt McConnell's joint on Little Collins.

Gerald's Bar

Visit an award winning bar, with knowledgeable staff, daily menu and an extensive drinks list.

Kirk's Wine Bar

Enjoy the best of the City Wine Shop and the European at the other end of town at Kirk's Wine Bar.

Embla

Taste further evidence of the Town Mouse team's recipe for success at a welcoming city wine bar.

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Laneway bars

Eight of the best

Bar Ampere

Unwind in the futurist surrounds, sample the imaginative menu, or discover the 'swamp room'.

Berlin Bar

Go East or West at this divided bar: spartan and functional or chintzy jazz age kitsch. You decide.

The Croft Institute

Kitted out with items from a de-commissioned hospital, Croft offers a clinical approach to partying.

Eau de Vie

Let your bartender create something special then settle into the dimly lit, jazz infused surrounds.

Double Happiness

Get double the usual happiness thanks to the cosy bar's Chinese-themed snacks, drinks and fun.

Bar Americano

Knock back daytime espressos and nighttime cocktails in this standing-room only bar.

Ferdydurke

Head upstairs and perch on a bar stool for beers and beats, and a menu of Polish frankenfurters.

Section 8

Pull up a seat in his much-loved car park for unpretentious drinks and delectable audio offerings.

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Cocktail bars

Eight of the best

Gin Palace

Gin Palace is a laneway cocktail bar where, naturally, gin's the star.

Heartbreaker

A neon-lit dive bar with sophisticated service and drinks that'll pull at your heartstrings.

1806

From the mirrored tiles to the gleaming chandeliers, 1806 is a loving shrine to the cocktail.

Double Happiness

Get double the usual happiness thanks to the cosy bar's Chinese-themed snacks, drinks and fun.

Lui Bar, Vue de monde

Melbourne's most sophisticated cocktail bar looms over the city from the 55th floor of the Rialto.

The Black Pearl

If bar tending was an academic pursuit, The Black Pearl would be Harvard, Yale and Oxford combined.

Hihou

Take drinking to a new level of sophistication at this decadent Japanese-influenced bar and lounge.

Lily Blacks

Late night closing means finishing a night out with a classic cocktail at Lily's is inevitable.

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Rooftop bars

Eight of the best

Siglo

Climb the grand staircase to a place of beautiful wines, views, late-night snacks and table service.

Naked in the Sky

Sample the Basque region's famous comfort food on the terrace of this popular Fitzroy restaurant.

Bomba

Brought to you by the popular Añada crew, Bomba is all about Spanish food for the working classes.

Goldilocks Bar

Find a seat that's just right and order a tasty cocktail at this fairytale rooftop bar.

Transit Rooftop Bar

Gaze out over the twinkling city skyline and Yarra River while sipping on cocktails and fine wines.

Madame Brussels

Sip on quaint pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the Madame's whimsical ambience.

Wolf's Lair

Cosy up downstairs or soak up a sunny afternoon at one of Melbourne's most well-hidden rooftop bars.

Good Heavens

Fancy Hanks has a new rooftop neighbour and it’s all about colourful drinks and smash-and-grab eats.

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The Merrywell

Wrap your laughing gear around the contender for Melbourne's best burger at Crown's expansive gastro-pub, which also boasts an epic cocktail list.

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Naked in the Sky

Hit the rooftop of Fitzroy Naked For Satan for authentic Basque country comfort food, complete with views of the distant Dandenong Ranges.

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The Toff in Town

Take to the dimly lit train-carriage booths or Lynch-worthy bandroom. Or take Lindy Hop class. This bar pretty much knows what you need before you do.

Restaurants

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Expect the unexpected and have a meal to remember at Heston Blumenthal's eponymous fine diner at Crown, the chef's first restaurant outside of the UK.

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The Catfish

Bringing great booze, great food and great tunes to the masses is an aim shared by many bars, but not many bars get it as spot on as Catfish does.

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Embla

Bring an appetite to the Town Mouse team's city wine bar, popular with gourmands and wine lovers alike, hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

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Ponyfish Island

Clinging to a pylon beneath the pedestrian bridge over the Yarra to Southbank, you'll find a pop-up oasis of beer, coffee and tasty toasties.

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Loch and Key

Very late-night cocktails and moreish bar snacks out on the deck or in the cosy wood cabin bar above the Captain Melville pub.

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Young & Jackson

From footy fans and visiting performers to out-of-towners and locals, everyone's had a beer at the Young and Jackson, home of the famous Chloe.

Local produce

Starward Distillery

Imbibe Starward's award-winning Melbourne single malts neat and in cocktails at the cellar door and see where the magic happens on a distillery tour.

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Romeo Lane

Find love in the form of cocktails seductive enough to woo tastebuds from any side of the family divide at this laneway newcomer (formerly Von Haus).

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Long Play

Make a play for the strapping wine list and delicious antipasti at this understated bar and settle in for cult cinema screenings and intimate gigs.

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