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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.