Immersive Walking Tours In Melbourne

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! Discover more secret laneway bars on our hidden bar tour.

Bar Americano

20 Presgrave Pl, CBD

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 just 20. 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

27-29 Tattersalls Ln, CBD

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

322 Little Collins St, CBD

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.

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$59 | Thursday Evenings | 4 Hours

Union Electric

13 Heffernan Ln, CBD

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 Murrary, so extra points for that!

The Croft Institute

21 Croft Alley, CBD

Melbourne loves hidden bars, and The Croft Institute is a shining example. Head down the twists and turns of Croft Alley and step into a bar inspired by a science laboratory. There are bunsen burners on the shelves and several drinks are served by syringes. Head upstairs to the dance floor that riffs on a school gymnasium.


185 Lonsdale St, CBD

One minute you’re in a Chinatown laneway, next minute you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder. Storyville is a bar that has brought the fairytale classics to life; there are large glowing mushrooms, and a massive bookcase that lines the wall. This is a fantastic bar for a magical escape.


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