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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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  • Cabinet Bar & Balcony Best Laneway Bar Guide
    Cabinet Bar & Balcony

    Tucked behind Little Collins Street and next to the Melbourne Town Hall, this welcoming, laneway space in reminiscent of a softly-lit, Parisian night spot decorated with a blend of European furnishings and retro-chic decor.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Downstairs at Bluestone Best Laneway Bar Guide
    Downstairs at Bluestone

    Bluestone Downstairs is an iconic, somewhat eclectic, New York-style basement bar suiting a variety of people and purposes. Lunch, dine or sip on informal Contemporary Melbourne Cuisine, whether moorish tapas or our award-winning wood fired pizza, unwind perusing a well-compiled wine list or sipping a designer cocktail. This stylish space is heritage-listed with original Bluestone walls and features, yet is decidedly chic. Sink into a Chesterfield, gather around on banquettes, or tuck into a private dining niche amidst flocked wallpaper and imported curtaining. This much-loved Melbourne hot spot welcomes venue bookings of all sizes and is open late Monday through to Saturday.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Section Eight Best Laneway Bar Guide
    Section Eight

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

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Charlies Bar Best Laneway Bar Guide
    Charlies Bar

    Unique CBD Basement Bar A haven of chic, Charlie's Bar brings sophistication and class to Melbourne City's Hardware Lane precinct. Charlie's is a sexy, sophisticated cocktail bar nestled beneath the critically acclaimed Mill Restaurant. Charlie's and the Mill - the perfect amalgamation of eating and drinking over two luxurious levels oozing with character and style. Indulge in dinner upstairs and finish your evening off in style downstairs in Charlie’s Bar. Or - cut to the chase and head straight down to Charlie's. Housed within a converted warehouse of infinite rustic charm, Charlie’s Bar has become a Melbourne Mecca for outstanding cocktails, food, and service. Charlie's boasts exposed brick, dark wood and polished concrete fused with the luxury of soft leather sofas and golden wallpaper Charlie’s will seduce your senses from the very moment your feet hit the stairs and you emerge into the warm glow of the candle lit lounge.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Gin Palace Best Laneway Bar Guide
    Gin Palace

    For 12 years, Gin Palace is still making and is most highly renowned for outstanding Martinis. And that is one of many reasons why this plush den is an institution today. The menu has changed little and Vernon himself will tell you that Gin Palace Martinis are made exactly the same today as they were when he opened.

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Bennetts Lane Best Laneway Bar Guide
    Bennetts Lane

    Bennetts Lane Jazz Club is a live jazz music venue, located off Little Lonsdale Street, in the Melbourne CBD. The Club hosts local and international musicians every night and Lonely Planet has dubbed it "the world's best jazz club".

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Papa Goose Best Laneway Bar Guide
    Papa Goose

    Papa Goose restaurant is all about providing wonderful hospitality to its customers and giving them the opportunity to try our unique and tasty menu. Our motto is very simple - our best food, our best service; each time, every time. Papa Goose has a ground floor Restaurant, a first floor bar Mary Fortune, along with two private dining rooms for those more intimate dining experiences.

    Melbourne, Victoria

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