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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
1A Crossley St, City
In the 1800’s, Crossley Street used to be called Romeo Lane, a street where you could find yourself a ‘man of the night.’ Romeo Lane, the bar, serves classic cocktails in a cosy atmosphere.