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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Unique bars in the city
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. It’s a guaranteed recipe for a fun night out.
Little Collins St, City
Lonsdale St, City
Storyville is a magical bar 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, 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. It’s hard to find though, making it one of Melbourne’s signature hidden bars.
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.