Melbourne is no stranger to unique bars, in fact the stranger the better. There are several bars that operate under a theme, and it generally makes for a magical escape. So, here’s our list of the best unique and quirky bars in Melbourne.
106 Hardware St, CBD
Mjølner is a restaurant and bar inspired by Norse mythology, named directly after the mystical hammer of Thor himself. This 2 level venue would make any viking happy; they offer bone marrow shots, over 400 different whiskys and even mead – the oldest fermented drink known to mankind.
1/267 Little Collins St, CBD
Glamp is a cocktail bar inspire by the world of ‘glamorous camping.’ Hidden above African restaurant Polēpolē, Glamp is home to two giant colourful tents. This is where you’ll spend the night, sipping on delicious cocktails.
185 Lonsdale St, CBD
This magical bar is inspired by your favourite childhood stories; think Narnia meets Harry Potter. From the giant glowing mushrooms that line the wall, to the inventive cocktail list, this bar is filled with wonder.
The Croft Institute
21 Croft Alley, CBD
Down one of Chinatown’s winding laneways is The Croft Institute, a bar inspired by a laboratory. Bunsen burners, test tubes and skeletons can all be found across the 3 floors. Some of their cocktails are even served from syringes. The Croft Institute is also one of Melbourne’s great hidden bars.
2/16 Corrs Ln, CBD
Berlin, Germany, was once divided into the East and the West, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Berlin Bar. One half of the bar flourishes in elegance (thanks to capitalism) and the other half is war torn by the result of communism. Pick a side, and settle in for a cocktail.
59 Bourke St, CBD
This hidden rooftop bar is named after Melbourne’s most notorious mistress of the 19th century, Madame Brussels. The stories say that her brothel was unassuming on the outside, but opulent on the inside; complete with private garden and marble statues. Madame Brussels (the bar) leans heavily on these legends, offering a garden party of sorts – complete with tea pots, astroturf and a beautiful view of the city from the terrace balcony.