Do you get excited by discovering secret bars? We certainly do. Melbourne has plenty of hard-to-find bars; some are behind bookcases and others down dodgy laneways. So here’s our guide to the best hidden bars in Melbourne.
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20 Presgrave Pl, City
One of Melbourne’s smallest bars (it holds around 10 people) Bar Americano takes its cues from Italian aperitivo culture. Owned by artist Matt Bax, it pays ‘homage to the ‘Golden Age’ of drinking, the time of the American Bar.’ It’s standing room only, so things get cosy, but it’s a brilliant escape in the middle of the city.
Beneath Driver Lane
Basement, 3 Driver Ln, City
Beneath Driver Lane makes it home in the old vaults of the GPO (General Post Office.) Enter via Driver Lane and head down the stairs into a dark and moody cocktail bar. There’s often live music, so time it right and you’ll get to enjoy some tunes as well.
96 Chapel St, Windsor
Jungle Boy is a tiny tiki cocktail bar hidden behind a New York inspired sandwich joint. Step into Boston Sub on Chapel Street and you’ll see a large freezer door to the right; this is the entrance to Jungle Boy. Step through and discover a hidden paradise, serving tropical cocktails paired with some American bites.
Eau De Vie
1 Malthouse Ln, City
Eau De Vie is hidden down a laneway you wouldn’t give a second glance; the only sign of its existence is a streetlamp above the entrance. This 1920’s inspired prohibition bar serves a large array of cocktails and whiskeys, pairing them with meat and cheese platters. The same team also run Mjølner, a viking inspired restaurant and bar.
2/16 Corrs Ln, City
Berlin is split into two halves; one end represents East Berlin and the other, the West. The East side is the communist side, under the regime of the infamous dictator Joseph Stalin. While ‘The West’ runs under capitalism, and oozes in opulence. Berlin is a local favourite, and often has a line during the weekend.
One floor below Berlin is the House of Maximon, a Mexican bar that celebrates debauchery.
State Of Grace
27 King St, City
State of Grace might not look hidden from the outside – and it’s not! But pull the right book on the bookshelf, and a secret door will swing open, revealing a staircase that will take you to the basement. This is Fall From Grace, the hidden basement bar. Enjoy a cocktail, or indulge in their modern European food. They made our list of the top things to do in Melbourne.