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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

9 Goldsborough Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mr Big Stuff
    Mr Big Stuff

    Mr Big Stuff is all about adding a little bit of soul into Melbourne's dining scene. Our philosophy is simple: mouth-watering soul food inspired dishes, fresh drinks to match, funky tunes, smiling staff, and an atmosphere to live and laugh in. So get down on it, and don't stop 'til you get enough!

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Section Eight
    Section Eight

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

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Supernormal
    Supernormal

    Supernormal is seeing the beauty in the every day. Finely tuned, it’s the latest offering, the next evolution, from the acclaimed chef and owner of Cumulus Inc., Cutler & Co., The Builders Arms Hotel and Golden Fields. The extensive Asian focused menu includes some old favourites from Golden Fields (currently being reinvented as Luxembourg Bar & Bistro) in St Kilda, such as the New England lobster roll and the peanut butter parfait as well as exciting new dishes trialled at the successful pop-up test kitchen over summer. The menu features a raw bar, and a dumpling & bao section. Open seven days for lunch and dinner, Supernormal features a large open kitchen and bar, a spacious dining room and a private dining and karaoke room. Reservations will be taken for lunch and for groups of six or more guests for dinner.

    Melbourne, Victoria