The Best Laneway Bars in Melbourne

(Jun, 2020)

Melbourne’s laneway culture has blossomed since the 90’s, and with it, have come some incredible bars. Here’s our list of the best laneway bars in Melbourne. Get lost and enjoy some delicious cocktails!

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      Laneway bars in the city

      Lily Blacks

      Meyer's Place, City

      Tucked down Meyer’s Place – our favourite laneway – is this art-deco styled cocktail bar. Lily Blacks is dimly lit, and a favourite escape for locals. The massive bar is the centrepiece.

      Bar Americano, CBD (3)
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      Bar Americano

      Presgrave Pl, City

      Bar Americano is a tiny speakeasy hidden down a city laneway. This small ba is standing room only, with a maximum capacity of around 10. Their menu is simple, based on the heights of ‘American’ cocktail culture. Drop by for an intimate evening in a true Melbourne laneway bar.

      Section 8, CBD (1)

      Section 8

      Tattersalls Ln, City

      Section 8 was only ever meant to be a temporary pop-up bar, but it was so popular that it decided to stick around. Down the charming Tattersalls Lane, Section 8 has wooden pallets for seats and a shipping container for a bar. It’s basic, but it’s fun. Come here if you like to party in true Melbourne style.

      Chuckle Park, Melbourne (7)

      Chuckle Park

      Little Collins St, City

      Chuckle Park is the purest definition of a ‘laneway bar’ there is; it’s literally a bar in an entire laneway. Squeezed in next to nightclub New Guernica, the tiny Chuckle Park features hanging lanterns and serves drinks out of a caravan.

      Union Electric

      Heffernan Ln, City

      It’s easy to walk past Union Electric and not think much of it. Down Hefferman Lane in Chinatown, this little laneway bar (and rooftop) is a local secret. They also have a large portrait of Bill Murray, so extra points for that! While you’re in the area, have a wander through Chinatown; it’s one of the best things to do in Melbourne.

      Meyer's Place

      Crossley St, City

      Meyer’s Place was one of Melbourne’s very first laneway bars. Originally in Meyer’s Place (who’d have guessed?) it’s now relocated across the road to Crossley St. The ground floor is intimate, but head downstairs to a cavernous – and extremely unique – drinking space.

      Arlechin

      Mornane Pl, City Centre

      It’s super easy to pass this cocktail bar; Arlechin is found at the end of Mornane Place, and has zero signage. This romantic cocktail bar has an Italian influence and is owned by Grossi Florentino, one of Melbourne’s iconic Italian restaurants.

      Eau De Vie Door

      Eau de Vie

      Eau de Vie

      Serving cocktails since 2013, most of the drinks from Eau De Vie come with an element of theatrics. Down the non-descript Malthouse lane, they fuse booze with liquid nitrogen, fire and plenty of house-made ingredients. Make sure to book, this place can get super busy, especially on the weekend.

      Romeo Lane

      Crossley St, City Centre

      This tiny bar lives in Melbourne’s old red-light district. Crossley St was once called Romeo Lane, and that was where you’d find the lovely people of the night. Check out their tiny courtyard out the back.