The Best Cocktail Bars In Melbourne

(Apr, 2020)

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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    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. Discover even more secret bars on our Hidden Bars & History Tour.

    The Everleigh

    150-156 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

    The Everleigh has taken out a spate of awards, including a place in the ‘World’s 50 Best Bars’ and for good reason. This hidden speakeasy takes its ethos from its world-renowned big sister, Milk and Honey in New York. Expect a smaller menu, but a focus on classic concoctions.

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    Black Pearl

    304 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.

    Lily Blacks, CBD (5)

    Lily Blacks

    12 Meyers Pl, City

    Down one of Melbourne’s best laneways, is Lily Blacks, celebrating the golden era of cocktails. This cocktail lounge offers cocktails from before the prohibition area; a great place to grab a drink before heading next door to San Telmo for dinner.

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    Eau De Vie

    1 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.

    Bar Margaux

    Basement/111 Lonsdale St, City Centre

    One of our favourite late-night cocktails venues is Bar Margueax, 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.