Bars & Pubs

Navigating Melbourne's best bars, pubs, breweries and drinking holes

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The Barre

Welcome to your new favourite spot on the arts precinct

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Freddie Wimpoles

St Kilda's new American-themed bar nails the nostalgia of the grand ole USA

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Knock-off Fridays at Stomping Ground

Melbourne's new inner-city brewery isn't even open yet, but it's already throwing after-work parties

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Sad news: The LuWOW is closing soon

Fitzroy's tiki-tastic wonderland is shutting its doors

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The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

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The best new openings in Melbourne

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new and notable bars and pubs

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The best cocktail bars in Melbourne

We salute the best shakers, stirrers, mixers and muddlers of fine cocktails in Melbourne

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The best wine bars in Melbourne

Everywhere you should be sipping red, white and rosé in Melbourne this year

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The best bars for dancing in Melbourne

This one's for all the discerning drinkers who also like to dance their pants off

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The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

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The best pick-up bars in Melbourne

The places where you're most likely to get lucky (and the rest is up to you)

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The best late-night bars in Melbourne

No lockouts here! When you're keen to kick on, consult our guide to classy fun after one

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Plus, check out Melbourne's weirdest drinking experiences

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The best whisky bars in Melbourne

The best places to drink Scotch, Japanese whisky, American whiskey and much more

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The best rum bars in Melbourne

Get a taste of the tropics at these bustling rum bars around Melbourne

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The best gin bars in Melbourne

Gin's having a moment in Australia: here's where to get your hands on the best gin cocktails in Melbourne

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Melbourne's drinking hotspots

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Melbourne CBD

Inner-city Melbourne has a bar for every type of drinker imaginable

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Chapel Street

Say hello to tequila, dumplings and tiki drinks along Melbourne's famed shopping strip

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Fitzroy

Strap on your party boots and cocktail helmets: nowhere does fun drinking quite like Fitzroy

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Brunswick

Work your way from cheap beers to cocktails to sweet tunes along Sydney Road

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Smith Street

With Prohibition-era cocktails, arcade bars and even a bocce bar, Smith Street's bar scene is a blast

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St Kilda

Set your sights on the sea (and some damn good drinks) in the home of backpacker boozing

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The best pubs in Melbourne

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The 50 best pubs in Melbourne

Get the lowdown on Melbourne's best pubs in every corner of this great drinking city

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The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne

Escape winter with a stick of firewood and a freshly pulled pint at these Melbourne pubs

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The best gastropubs in Melbourne

These fine institutions are serving up some seriously good pub grub that won't break the bank

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The best beer gardens in Melbourne

When the sun's out, here are our top picks for boozing in the great outdoors

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The best live music pubs in Melbourne

Melbourne is truly blessed in the live music stakes. Here are a few of our favourite places to catch a gig

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The best men's accessory shops in Melbourne

The modern man’s accessory and grooming arsenal can take many forms. Some keep it simple with a bit of pomade and a decent pair of sneakers, while others may have a whole cupboard full of lotions and tonics as well as belts, shoes and bags in matching leathers at the ready. The quantity and combination of grooming and sartorial accessories is up to you; here are some of the best places to buy them.

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The Grand Tour: Cities Shaped by Art

Learn the essentials of art history with ACCA's chosen team of experts with a refreshing complimentary cocktail in hand. Just as Melbourne's arts culture has shaped the city, the same goes for many of the world's biggest metropolitan cities. ACCA has picked out a group of 'tour guides' for the Grand Tour lecture series to take you through the world's best galleries, arts events, and architecture, as well as visit the writers, thinkers, and artists that have shaped each city. This month, take a journey to New York City, where art professor Dr Chris McAuliffe will guide you through the colourful creative scene of one of the world's great cultural centres. Now based in Melbourne, McAuliffe was once a resident of New York's East Village, where he accumulated vast knowledge on the galleries, architectural highlights and urban geography of the region. Today, McAuliffe is a professor of art at the Australian National University's School of Art.  As always, guests will be treated to a complimentary themed cocktail to ease you through your travels. This time, the Melbourne Gin Company will create a New York-inspired cocktail – a mini MGC Martini. The bar is open from 5pm, and the talk will run from 6-7pm. More Grand Tours... Join curator Rebecca Coates for an art history tour of Brazil's São Paulo (Aug 15), a tour of Yekaterinburg in Russia with artist Lisa Radford (Sep 12) and finish up with an jaunt through LA with ACCA curator Annika Kristensen (Oct 24). Tickets include a fre

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