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The Most Unique Bars In Melbourne’s CBD

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.

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Mjølner Melbourne, CBD (4)


106 Hardware St, City

Mjølner is a restaurant and bar inspired by Norse mythology, named directly after the mystical hammer of Thor himself. This two 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.

Glamp Cocktail Bar, CBD (1)


1/267 Little Collins St, City

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.

StoryVille, CBD (9)


185 Lonsdale St, City

Storyville is a 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.

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Croft Institute, Melbourne

The Croft Institute

21 Croft Alley, City

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.

Berlin Bar


2/16 Corrs Ln, City

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.

Madame Brussels

59 Bourke St, City

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.


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