Melbourne is at the forefront of Australia’s drinking culture, all thanks to its world class bars; you’re definitely spoilt for choice. So here’s our favourite cocktail bars to make the decision a little easier.
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Cocktail bars in the city
Lonsdale St, City
One of our favourite late-night cocktails venues is Bar Margaux, a subterranean french cocktail bar that absolutely kicks ass. It’s easy to lose track of time at Margeaux, but you’ve got plenty of it when it closes at 3am (and 5am on Saturday mornings.) Expect great customer service, perfectly crafted cocktails and French comfort food.
Mornane Pl, City
Down a non-descript laneway – and with no signage – is Arlechin, a cocktail bar by Grossi Florentino, a long standing Italian restaurant on Bourke St. Arlechin is popular with the late crowd, open most nights until around 3am. There’s food too, mostly small dishes, but come here for the drinks.
Eau De Vie
Malthouse Ln, City
Eau De Vie is a bar straight out of 1920’s prohibition America. Down an ordinary laneway there is absolutely no signage; you’d easily pass it without even knowing. The cocktail menu is creative, featuring a wide variety of ingredients. Eau De Vie is by the same team behind The Boilermaker House and Mjølner; expect a fantastic night out.
Cocktail bars in the north
Gertrude St, Fitzroy
The Everleigh has taken out a spate of awards, including ‘The Best Victorian Bar of 2019’, and for good reason. This upstairs speakeasy takes its ethos from its world-renowned big sister, Milk and Honey in New York.
The interior and menu are inspired by the times of prohibition – think oak wood and dim lights – while the staff wear suspenders. Come here for expertly made cocktails – our go-to cocktail is an amaretto sour, and the Everleigh makes the best we’ve had.
Brunswick St, Fitzroy
This family run bar has been operating for over 15 years, and has become a local institute. Taking out 22nd place in the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ in 2017, the Black Pearl continues to go from strength to strength. There’s also a some-what hidden bar upstairs called The Attic.