The 50 best bars in Melbourne
Here is Melbourne viewed through the bottom of a glass: from its world-beating cocktail lounges to its down-and-divey saloons. These bars – organised by area and in no particular order – represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking. Many of them are Time Out Bar Awards winners. Others take pride of place in some of our most popular guides, like Melbourne's best cocktail bars, wine bars and rooftop bars. Above all, these bars have one thing in common: they are the very best this fine drink-swilling city has to offer.
The best beer gardens in Melbourne
The sun's out, the beer is cold, and suddenly, you realise that the bar you're in is utterly devoid of an outdoor drinking area. Equipped with our guide to Melbourne's most spacious, comfortable and well-equipped beer gardens, this nightmarish situation need never happen to you again. While we're talking booze, be sure to check out our favourite cocktail bars, wine bars and rooftop bars.
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The best late-night bars in Melbourne
Just because it's the small hours and you're up for a drink, it doesn't mean you want to be yelling over the music in a nightclub. Thankfully, there's plenty of places in Melbourne to enjoy a quiet(ish) beverage until sunrise – and with the 24-hour public transport network operating on weekends, it's easier than ever to get home. For more nocturnal fun, check out our guide to late-night bottle shops and late-night dining.
The best bars for drinking alone in Melbourne
Look, we're not here to judge. Maybe you just want to treat yourself to a little alone time and a good bottle of wine, or maybe you've clocked off early and need to kill some time before meeting up with friends. Maybe you're freelancing and coffee just isn't going to cut it any longer (oh yeah, we've been there). Whatever the reason, here's where to get a cheeky bevvy on your own in Melbourne. For more ideas, check out our guides to Melbourne's best wine bars, cocktail bars and hidden bars.
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Alliance Française French Film Festival
Did you ever wonder why France’s film culture is so rich and varied and full of big-name stars? Simple: for every cinema ticket sold in France, whether for a local film or a Hollywood blockbuster, the state gets money to invest into French films. The latest fruits of this vibrant industry screen in March, spanning comedy, biopic, drama, war stories, animation and romance. They include new movies from the Dardenne Brothers, Anne Fontaine and Bertrand Tavernier, featuring stars such as Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Omar Sy, Audrey Tautou and many, many more. Gender equality is especially strong in the French movie world, with 17 new movies from women directors. And here’s another drawcard: the festival is running a competition this year with prizes for attendees of a trip for two to France and a trip for two to New Caledonia. Here are Time Out’s 12 picks of highlights to look out for. The Alliance Française French Film Festival is set to take place across Palace Cinemas throughout Melbourne including: the Kino Cinemas, the Astor Theatre, Palace Balwyn, palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth and Palace Cinema Como.
Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus
Bucks parties at Munich Brauhaus are big on fun, food and celebration. Along with live bands, DJs and loads of steins of bier, the Munich Brauhaus always has a great party atmosphere. They also offer special bucks party packages – for just $50 per person you can enjoy a round of pretzels, a stein of craft beer, a famous Munich pork knuckle and a round of schnapps shots to finish. So get your mates together and celebrate before the big day. Find out more about bucks parties at the Munich Brauhaus.
Three CBD pubs open all night long for White Night
This Saturday night, White Night is set to light up the street of Melbourne's CBD with the return of the 12-hour art party. Taking in all that culture is thirsty work, so it's lucky that some of the CBD's favourite pubs are open all night long too. Stop off at the Duke to try a special White Night cocktail, inspired by the festival fun. Over at the Crafty Squire there will be live music all night long, and finally the super centrally located Imperial Bourke Street is also open all night long, complete with great views of Melbourne Parliament House from its rooftop bar. So get down to the city and make the most of the night, all while enjoying the lively atmosphere of these three historic pubs.
Monday night means locals night at the Exchange Hotel
Mondays aren't always the best day of the week, but when you can cap it off with a pub feed, it makes them that much better. It helps that the Exchange Hotel also has specials for locals on every Monday from 5pm. So if you live in the area (or you're keen to see why Port Melbourne residents love their suburb so much), then kick start your week here; all mains on the bistro menu are just $19 on Mondays. Whether it's counter classics like a steak sandwich with peppered minute steak, tomato relish, caramelised onions, Swiss cheese and beer battered chips or something a little different like crispy skin kingfish with smoked mushroom, dashi broth, lotus chips and edamame, there will be something on the Exchange menu to keep you smiling. Find out more about the Exchange at Port Melbourne.