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Discover 10 of the best bars in Melbourne’s CBD with water views, rooftops, outdoor spaces, happy hours, live music, jazz, craft beer and beer gardens. Wine, cocktail, lounge and boutique venues featured on Melbournebars.com.au offer ideas of the perfect place for Saturday night out, after work drinks or New Year’s Eve celebrations.

 

With our bar finding service, you can quickly and efficiently filter through great bars based on drink preference, location, event type and function specialities. We’ll help you discover cool hidden laneway bars, spots with a view in Federation Square and venues to suit every type of occasion.

 

Curated by a team of experts, our guides offer an insider knowledge to Melbourne’s acclaimed bar scene. The venue reviews provide detailed descriptions of each drinking destination, including its surrounding neighborhood, price range, hours of operation and general contact information. Whether you’re searching for a pub to watch the footy or organizing a Hens party, we present research made easier to plan your night out with confidence.

 

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  • Builders Arms Hotel - Contemporary Hotel/Pub Gertrude Street Fitzroy Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Builders Arms Hotel - Contemporary Hotel/Pub Gertrude Street Fitzroy

    Builders Arms Hotel is a landmark pub on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy offering a bar, leafy courtyard, dining areas and a private dining room. A staple spot to gather a group, patrons enjoy beers on tap, wine and cocktails in the institution recently restored after more than 150 years of trading. The ambiance exudes the charm of an old pub, with a remodelled interior and excellent bar menu. Bar tables, counter and sidewalk seating offer a great option for a casual drink or bistro dinner on any night of the week. Offering classic pub fare and counter meals by Melbourne restauranteurs Andrew McConnell and Josh Murphy, the public bar and bistro a la carte menu features dry aged beef, fish pie and slow roasted pork shoulder. In the courtyard, the rotisserie turns every evening, with a different roast each night.

    Fitzroy, Victoria
  • Golden Monkey - Asian Inspired Basement Bar Hardware Lane Melbourne (CBD) Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Golden Monkey - Asian Inspired Basement Bar Hardware Lane Melbourne (CBD)

    Golden Monkey is an award winning cocktail bar and asian tapas restaurant famous for its broad selection of quality drinks, seductive decor and live entertainment. Hidden on Hardware Lane in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, the bespoke cocktail lounge affords a uniquely specialized experience for dates or groups any time of the night. Decorated in antique furniture, tea lights, cushions and decorative lanterns, the Golden Monkey exudes the mystery and decadence of Old Shanghai. The cocktail list includes Asian-themed signature creations and quintessential old-school classics, with a collection of luxury and rare spirits. Its food menu features Chinese Yum Cha favorites and Japanese Izakaya dishes to compliment the impressive drink menu. The venue hosts live jazz every Tuesday from 7:30pm, live R&B every Thursday from 9pm, and DJs spinning lounge, R&B, pop, and disco every Saturday from 9pm. Monkey Alley offers heating on cold night for guests who want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Hardware Lane. In addition, the Melbourne Rum Club meets at Golden Monkey on the first Monday of each month. A casual gathering where rum aficionados, industry professionals and tiki geeks indulge in rum tastings, cocktails and tales, the Club is open to anyone with even the mildest interest in rum.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Aviary Hotel - Beer Garden & Cocktail Lounge Victoria Street Richmond Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Aviary Hotel - Beer Garden & Cocktail Lounge Victoria Street Richmond

    With a stunning beer garden and cocktail lounge set amongst the bustle of Victoria Street’s Little Saigon, the Aviary Hotel enjoys a relaxed ambiance for casual drinks, dining and special events. Sundays at the Aviary are complimented by a chicken roast, soul, motown and funk. The drink menu offers a great selection of local and imported beer and cider, and a thoughtfully chosen wine list of old and new world varietals. Bartenders craft unique and seasonal cocktails to match your mood, the weather or social event. Top quality counter meals of pub classics and steak are available, with special offerings from Monday night burgers to Friday lunch steaks. Group dining and private functions are available in the versatile space.

    Abbotsford, Victoria
  • Cumulus Up - Wine Bar Flinders Lane Melbourne (City) Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Cumulus Up - Wine Bar Flinders Lane Melbourne (City)

    Located at the top of Flinders Lane, Cumulus Up. is the chic upstairs wine bar of acclaimed Cumulus Inc., a modern restaurant at the forefront of Melbourne’s dining scene. Notorious for their climate controlled cellar, Cumulus Up offers a considered and eclectic selection of wine which focuses on the best examples of vintage, varietal, style and region. It’s extensive list ranges from both the New World and the Old. Combining fine wine and food, the bar menu is designed by chef Andrew McConnell with offerings such as grilled seafood, dry aged beef and roast Holmbrae chicken. A black meat slicer adorns the bar; the chefs slice hams and meats to order. Tucked away in Melbourne’s famous art and fashion precinct, Cumulus Up. is a space for both the wine lover and the designer. The interior balances edgy, luxury and familiar class with stunning effects, creating a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere perfect for a first date. The venue takes reservations for up to 15 guests seven days a week and also welcomes guests on a walk in basis.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • The Wharf Hotel - Waterfront Yarra River Terrace WTC Wharf Melbourne  Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    The Wharf Hotel - Waterfront Yarra River Terrace WTC Wharf Melbourne

    Perched on the banks of the Yarra River, the Wharf Hotel offers a friendly, local pub experience with waterfront and city views. Al fresca style dining in the beer garden and live acoustic sessions on the weekend create a great ambiance for casual drinks and large groups. The extensive drinks list of local and imported beers, wine and spirits is paired with modern Australian, quality pub meals. Organise sports lovers to gather before heading to Etihad Stadium, or stay and watch the game on one of their six plasma screens. Food and parking deals are available during the AFL season. Only minutes walk from the CBD, the venue is located within a number of major attractions including the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre and Crown Casino.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Markov - Craft Beer Bar & Dining Drummond Street Carlton Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Markov - Craft Beer Bar & Dining Drummond Street Carlton

    Markov’s unique interior combined with local boutique beers, ciders on tap and pub-style classics create a quintessentially cool and casual Melbourne atmosphere. Located in Melbourne’s famous Lygon Street Precinct, Markov offers a great ambiance for casual drinks or dining with any number of people. Grab a stool outdoors on the terrace or at a bar table against the warm backdrop of exposed brick wall. Their modern Australian menu features beer-friendly fare including chicken wings, burgers, steak and mussels. Markov is easily accessible from the CBD and near to La Mama’s Courthouse theatre and Cinema Nova.

    Carlton, Victoria
  • Hoo Haa Bar and Lounge - Chapel Street Windsor Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Hoo Haa Bar and Lounge - Chapel Street Windsor

    Hoo Haa Bar and Lounge is a unique, hidden bar at the Windsor end of Chapel Street with happy hours and weekend entertainment. Upstairs, you’ll find an unassuming venue serving wine, beer and cocktails paired with casual bar snacks or finer dining. Enjoy an afternoon drink or late evening cocktail in the lounge. With DJS and live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Hoo Haa is a weekend spot for a group night out on the town.

    Windsor, Victoria
  • Charlies Bar - Cocktail & Basement Bar Hardware Lane Melbourne Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Charlies Bar - Cocktail & Basement Bar Hardware Lane Melbourne

    A unique cocktail bar housed in a basement, Charlie’s Bar adds a sophisticated and classy touch to Melbourne CBD’s Hardware Lane. Candlelight, velvet curtains and cozy booths decorate the lounge and create a seducing ambiance perfect for a romantic rendezvous or celebration. Daily Happy Hours include 2 for 1 cocktails on Monday to Friday from 5–8pm and $10 Martinis on Saturday evenings. Located beneath Mill Restaurant, Charlie offers a unique drinking and dining experience over two levels. Patrons can indulge in dinner upstairs and finish the evening in Charlie’s Bar — or cut straight to the chase and head straight to the basement. Charlie and his team developed a cocktail list that reflects a mix of classics alongside new-found favorites, ensuring a wide variety of carefully crafted drinks. The wine list, crafted by the house Sommelier, showcases wines from the New World and supports some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest boutique vineyards. Charlie’s Bar offers 28 wines by the glass, ranging from light summer wines such as Verdelho and Pinot Gris, to beautiful hearty winter reds. Groups can also order their own bottle of spirits for the table with complimentary mixers. A tapas bar menu offers small bites such as oysters, olives, seared prawn and mini burgers. Venue hire is available at Charlie’s for smaller parties at a table and larger parties up to 100 persons in the bar at no additional charge or minimum spend.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Platform 28 - Rooftop Bar Bourke Street Docklands Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Platform 28 - Rooftop Bar Bourke Street Docklands

    In the heart of the vibrant Docklands, Platform 28 is a popular Modern Australian bar and restaurant that attracts an after work and weekend crowd. Outdoor seating in the courtyard, terrace and balcony provide ample space for neighbouring offices, residents and footy patrons in a casual environment. The menu includes a selection of 16 beers on tap, wines and cocktails, and includes regular happy hours. With thirteen screens and resident weekend DJs, Platform 28 regularly hosts sporting events and live entertainment. Housed within a former railway Goods Shed, the venue stays true to the history of the site with its rustic charm while offering new, open space that scales two levels. The sheer space and convenient location just a short walk from Docklands Stadium and Southern Cross Station provide a versatile meeting point for small groups and larger functions.

    Docklands, Victoria
  • Temperance Hotel - Contemporary Pub Chapel Street South Yarra Best Melbourne Bars Guide, review by location, type or map. Cocktail recipes & restaurant reviews.
    Temperance Hotel - Contemporary Pub Chapel Street South Yarra

    The Temperance Hotel is a relaxed pub in the heart of bustling Chapel Street perfect for a casual meal or night out. With live entertainment, wine, craft beer, cocktails and modern Australian pub food, the venue accommodates groups and large functions. Relax in the beer garden and enjoy acoustic live music every Sunday. The venue offers weekday food specials including $15 meal plus drink, or 2 for 1 cocktails. DJs play commercial house and R&B from 10pm every Friday and Saturday night. Refer to their website for more information about weekly entertainment.

    South Yarra, Victoria

Melbourne's Bar of the Month

Mary Fortune - Flinders Lane Cocktail Bar
91 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Mary Fortune, the wine and cocktail bar above Papa Goose on Flinders Lane, pairs an impressive drink menu with a view overlooking the CBD's buzzing cobblestone laneway. Climb the stairway to find an intimate space filled with share tables popular among the after-work crowd.

Speciality cocktails are playfully inspired by the mystery of Mary Fortune, the first woman to write detective fiction. The ever-evolving wine list features interesting Australian and European styles to be enjoyed with a charcuterie plate or cheese selection. Other food offerings range from individual bites to sharing plates to heavy meals.

The classic design with chandeliers and floor to ceiling wine racks provide the comfort and warmth of a writer's den. The long, white marble bar counter offer a perfect ambiance for a date or small group. The venue is also available to book for celebrations and larger functions.

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