Melbourne is the home of Laneway Bars, Pubs and Restaurants. Our Guide give you an insiders look into some of the best the city has to offer. From chic cocktail and wine bars to loungy basement and quirky rooftop spaces. Our Editors have done the research and scoured the boutique alleys like Hardware, Flinders & Drewery Lane's as well as Rainbow Alley & Russell Place, to bring you this free list of Melbourne's best.


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Laneway Bar Venue of the month

Basement 103 Flinders Lane (Enter Via Acdc Lane), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cherry is pretty much the best rock n’ roll bar in the world.

Cherry Bar was founded in late 1999, today it is owned by founding partners Jim Bourke, Lazy Pete and James Young.

Cherry is the only business located in world famous AC/DC Lane Melbourne (off Flinders Lane and between Russell and Exhibition Streets) right in the heart of the Melbourne business district. A jewel in the junk heap or maybe an annoying boil on corporate arse cheeks?

Despite its modest 200 capacity Cherry is an internationally famous late night street rock n’ roll bar. Quality local acts play live (always finishing by 11.30pm), then DJs keep the joint jumping till the wee hours.

Cherry has become the destination for local, interstate and international bands to descend upon and party after they’ve finished playing live themselves. We don’t need to name drop. You never know who you might meet at Cherry.

The rear Jenni Bar is available for private parties.


10 of the Best Laneway Bars view map

  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Slate Restaurant Bar
    Slate Restaurant Bar

    The Slate roof top terrace and bar offer flexible spaces secretly nestled in the heart of the CBD. Suitable for post work socializing with cosy corners, communal tables and comfortable banquettes. Breezy and sunny in summer and heated in the winter, the roof top is a perfect outdoor aviary for any season. Providing both seated or standing function options for larger group or function bookings with canapes and set menus that have a contemporary European flair. Not to forget the Slate cocktail bar. This is reminiscent of classic old world luxe, opulent and plush the perfect back drop to sip on our signature cocktail.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Cumulus Up
    Cumulus Up

    Cool & Chic modern Melbourne Bar Restaurant Combining interior design with fine wine and food, Cumulus Inc is at the forefront of the Melbourne dining scene. While a table can never guaranteed with its no reservations policy, we can assure Cumulus Inc first-timers, that this place is well worth the wait.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Golden Monkey
    Golden Monkey

    Feature pieces, antique furniture, tea lights, cushions, decorative lanterns and a stylish soundtrack will transport you back in time to the romance, mystery and decadence of Old Shanghai. Our food menu features incredible Asian cuisine from Chinese Yum Cha favourites to tasty Japanese Izakaya dishes perfect as a full meal or a simple bar snack. Our cocktail list will dazzle your tastebuds with everything from our delectable Asian-themed signature creations to the quintessential old-school classics. A glance at our back bar will make your jaw drop with one of Melbourne’s biggest and best collection of luxury and rare spirits. To keep things interesting we have live jazz every Tuesday from 7:30pm with Opium Jazz, live R&B every Thursday from 9pm with Shaolin Funk, and DJs spinning lounge, R&B, pop, and disco every Saturday from 9pm with Shanghai’d. Rum lovers can’t miss The Melbourne Rum Club on the first Monday of every month where you will indulge in rum tastings, rum cocktails, and rum tales. In addition to being the perfect place for a date, Golden Monkey is also the ideal place to host a private function. We look forward to meeting you soon and giving you some of our world famous Monkey love.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar
    Syracuse Restaurant & Wine Bar

    If it’s elegance and informal fine dining that you’re after then Syracuse has the perfect dining experience waiting for you. Syracuse offers European and International inspired cuisine in a grand and impressive 19th Century atmosphere, tucked away in one of Melbourne’s picturesque, laneways; Bank Place. Let all your senses be indulged as we take you on a flavour-rich journey. Syracuse has dining spaces to suit every occasion from cozy, romantic intimate evenings, to long business lunches and after work and pre-dinner drinks. Syracuse prides itself on sourcing only the best Victorian seasonal produce delivered fresh daily. Our cuisine bursts with flavour so the hardest part is deciding what to choose.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Cabinet Bar & Balcony
    Cabinet Bar & Balcony

    An infamous lane way entrance and a cosy interior with mood lighting are just the start of your experience at Cabinet Bar. With professional, friendly staff and a balcony in the treetops overlooking Swanston St, you will see why many make this little bar their home away from home. Serving delicious share-style food and boutique beverages and conveniently opened 7 days a week from lunch through to late night.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue East End Den
    East End Den

    A complete lack of pretentiousness seems to be the default setting. Add an approach to eating and drinking that's all about being user friendly plus the fact that the joint is open late most nights (until 3am on the weekends) and you can see East End Den finding a spot on your city repertoire.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Word Warehouse
    Word Warehouse

    From Corporate and Private Celebrations, Weddings, Intimate Dinners or Cocktail Parties, Product Launches, Business Lunches, Breakfast Seminars and Fashion Previews, Word is a superb boutique venue to host any occasion in style. Word has fully catered packages for exclusively booked corporate and private events. Our capacities for a sit down event are up to 60 guests and for a stand up cocktail party, up to 200 guests can be easily catered for.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Terra Rossa
    Terra Rossa

    Stroll down Melbourne’s vibrant dining precinct of Flinders Lane and you will find Terra Rossa, a restaurant and bar with a certain stylish ambience. Located within the historic Swiss House building, the exterior maintains its original rustic condition while the newly renovated interior has been modernised to exude warmth and charm. Stop by the front bar for a quick bite in the morning, enjoy an intimate meal in the rear dining area, or relax by in the lounge with a wine or one of our delicious cocktails. Terra Rossa offers the perfect location, intimate setting and attentive service for your special function. We can accommodate groups as small as 10 or as large as 90 and have a range of unique spaces available.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Mary Fortune
    Mary Fortune

    Mary Fortune, Melbourne's first female crime-fiction author is the inspiration behind Papa Goose head chef Neale White's new wine and cocktail bar. Much mystery surrounds the life of Ms Fortune-one of the first women in the world to write detective fiction. Many of the titles of her work inspire the names of the cocktails. The food is a range of offerings from individual bite sized pieces, sharing plates, hearty meals and a delicious range of cheeses and charcuterie. The ever-evolving wine list of quirky nature features many interesting varietals and styles. A classically designed space with marble and chandeliers allows our guests the comfort and warmth of a writer's den in the heart of Melbourne's cobblestone laneways.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Ruby's Music Room
    Ruby's Music Room

    RUBY’S MUISC ROOM Ruby’s Music Room is a vibrant and exciting live jazz venue in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Situated on the corner of Little Lonsdale Street and Bennetts Lane, Ruby’s bright yellow entrance is tucked neatly in a secret alleyway – to find it, one must pass her eclectic windows filled with interesting Cubano dolls, Maoist & New Orleanian memorabilia; miniature pianos, jewellery, menus, cigar wrappers, and kitsch collectibles from around the world. Focusing on the thriving live music scene in Melbourne, Ruby’s Music Room intends to thrill with live jazz, classical, and alternative performances in an intimate acoustic setting devoid of amps. Serving delicious food, fine wine and classic cocktails, Ruby’s is the premier live music venue in Melbourne! Ruby’s can only be described as beautiful. Her luscious interior features her prized Steinway D Grand piano, the latest in technology and an award winning parquetry floor. But Ruby’s doesn’t only offer an amazing space and astounding music; she also offers great cocktails! Please enjoy our full bar service with fresh food available to nibble on. RUBY’S SOUND At Ruby’s Music Room, our musician friendly PA system is state of the art, eliminating the need for extraneous amplification. This is done to maintain the high quality of acoustic performance that Ruby’s been designed to produce and get the best sound out of every instrument. RUBY’S PRIVATE HIRE Ruby's Music Room your complete function venue. Ruby's is unique in all its jazz-loving, purveyor-of-good-times glory, is one of Melbourne's most noteworthy hidden venues. From a three course dinner complete with matching wine, to a themed party or product launch, Ruby's offers a private, fully serviced and licensed venue suited to any occasion. Ruby's is a high performance acoustic music venue that can host a variety of events in an intimate setting. Our facilities include a projector with an industry level sound and lighting system, specialising in live performances, a licensed new commercial kitchen, and a bar stocked with fine wines and beers. The beautiful parquetry floors compliment the chandlers and wall sconces, further enhancing the Steinway D Grand in prime position on the stage. Our full on premises liquor license accommodates eighty four patrons standing and up to sixty seated.* Food and Beverage serves covers from canapés to sit down meals. With Food and Beverage packages are available upon request.** Being a multi-faceted high performance music room where Melbourne's top class Musicians perform, we have access to Australia's finest performers in the Jazz, Classical and Music Theatre Genres. Ruby's caters for all your live performance needs. Please ask for a quote. VENUE FEATURES: Direct Disability Venue Access State of the art sound and lighting Private Bar Fully fitted stage including Microphones & PA Steinway D Grand Piano Gretsch Jazz Drum Kit Dance Floor Projector and screen with computer connectivity Central Melbourne location Adjacent Car Parking Central to Public Transport *Private Hire subject to Minimum Bar Spend or Venue Hire charge. **Outside catering maybe permitted.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Show Venue on Google Maps Go to Venue's Website Show Photos of the Venue Section Eight
    Section Eight

    Section 8 container bar. About as Melbourne as you can get. Open every day.

    Melbourne, Victoria