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6 of the Best Laneway Bars in Melbourne

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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    Bar Americano, CBD (3)

    Bar Americano

    20 Presgrave Pl, City

    Bar Americano is a hidden gem that’s down a laneway, that’s down a laneway. This tiny speakeasy 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

    27-29 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 Tattersall’s 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

    322 Little Collins St, City

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

    Union Electric

    13 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!

    Meyer's Place

    7/24 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.