When the sun sets, another side of Melbourne comes to life. From retro arcades to modern-day mini-golf, there are always things to do in Melbourne at night, you just have to know where to look.
Things to do at night in the city
Play retro arcade games at this bar
Flinders Ln, City Centre
Beer & video games are a popular past time and Bartronica combines them both. This fully licensed gaming arcade is complete with retro classics. You’ll find shooters, pinball machines and even an entire booth dedicated to Mario Kart on the Nintendo 64. This a fun outing, even for non-gamers.
Looming for a game outside of the CBD? Head along to Pixel Alley in Fitzroy, another gaming bar filled with retro machines.
Hear ghost stories at the old gaol cells
Russell St, City Centre
Melbourne’s history has a spooky side. One of our darkest sites is the Old Melbourne Gaol. Operating from 1824 to 1929, it was the scene of 133 hangings, including that of the notorious gang leader, Ned Kelly.
During the day, the Old Melbourne goal is a popular tourist attraction. At night, they host ghost tours. Spend an hour walking around the old cells, and hear stories of the strange presences that haunt the building.
Play mini-golf and drink cocktails
Little Bourke St, City Centre
It might seem a little out of the ordinary, but mini-golf at Holey Moley is an evening well spent. This 27 hole putt putt course is smack bang in the middle of the city centre, and comes complete with its own cocktail bar.
The holes are inspired by pop culture – think famous movies and tv shows – and they regularly change; it’s one of many fun things to do in Melbourne. It shouldn’t need to be said, but adults only!
Enjoy lush tunes at this iconic jazz club
Goldie Pl, City Centre
We love a night of jazz, and of the city’s best jazz clubs is the Paris Cat. This long-running jazz club hosts 4-5 shows every week. Inspired by the 1930s French bee-bop era, the Paris Cat is a fantastic escape. Grab a drink, settle in and get ready for some toe-tapping tunes.
Devour street food at this night market
Elizabeth St, City Centre
Not only is the Queen Victoria Market a popular tourist attraction during the day, it also comes alive at night. Through the year this market hosts The Night Market during select Wednesdays. You’ll find food stalls, live music and some nice pop-up bars. It’s a completely different atmosphere than during the day, and is a great way to spend the evening.
Grab a burger at this rock 'n' roll bar
Franklin St, City Centre
All the way from Sydney, Mary’s has finally opened their first Melbourne location. This restaurant and bar is all about one thing: night-time fun. Grab one of their delicious burgers (chicken, beef or mushroom) settle into a booth and prepare yourself for one hell of a night. The staff are super friendly, and you’re even allowed to draw on the walls.
Things to do at night in the south
Catch a movie at the botanic gardens
Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
An outdoor cinema is one thing, but an outdoor cinema in The Royal Botanical Gardens is on another level. During select months, Melbourne’s biggest garden hosts The Moonlight Cinema, a pop-up movie screen that shows both classics and new releases.
Grab a bean-bag, a glass of wine, your besties and settle in for a flick amongst one of Melbourne’s most beautiful gardens.