Bars & Pubs

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

Here are the Time Out Bar Awards nominees
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Here are the Time Out Bar Awards nominees

Drum roll, please!

Come to the Time Out Bar Awards

Come to the Time Out Bar Awards

Tickets are on sale for Monday, January 23.

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

Finally, the time for high-altitude summer drinking is here!

Dingo's
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Dingo's

This Australiana bar is serving a Passiona cocktail, and we're into it

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

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The 50 best bars in Melbourne
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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

The best rooftop bars 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

The best new openings in Melbourne
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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

The best cocktail bars in Melbourne
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The best cocktail bars in Melbourne

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

See our latest bar and pub reviews

The best bars in Melbourne

The best hidden bars in Melbourne
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The best hidden bars in Melbourne

A bar hidden behind a bookshelf? Inside a fridge?! Melbourne does hidden bars like no other city

The best wine bars 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

The best bars for dancing in Melbourne
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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

The best pick-up bars in Melbourne
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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)

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
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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

Plus, check out Melbourne's weirdest drinking experiences

Choose your favourite drink

The best rum bars in Melbourne
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The best rum bars in Melbourne

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

The best gin bars in 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

Melbourne's drinking hotspots

Melbourne CBD
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Melbourne CBD

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

Chapel Street
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Chapel Street

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

Fitzroy
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Fitzroy

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

Brunswick
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Brunswick

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

Smith Street
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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

St Kilda
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St Kilda

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

The best pubs in Melbourne

The 50 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

The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne
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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

The best gastropubs in Melbourne
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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

The best beer gardens in Melbourne
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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

The best live music pubs in Melbourne
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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

See our guide to family-friendly Melbourne pubs

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Win tickets to an exclusive Time Out preview screening of Manchester by the Sea
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Win tickets to an exclusive Time Out preview screening of Manchester by the Sea

  Nominated for FIVE Golden Globe Awards:• Best Picture (Drama)• Best Director – Kenneth Lonergan• Best Actor – Casey Affleck• Best Supporting Actress – Michelle Williams • Best Screenplay – Kenneth Lonergan Time Out has 50 double passes to see Manchester by the Sea at Palace Kino, Melbourne. Manchester by the Sea tells the story of the working class Chandler family from Massachusetts. After his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly passes away, Lee (Casey Affleck) is made the legal guardian of his nephew (Lucas Hedges). Lee is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Manchester by the Sea is the new film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret). "Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief" - Time Out New York Manchester by the Sea will be released in Australian cinemas on February 2. To enter, simply enter your details below before 10am on Friday, January 20. Name: Email: Gender: Female Male Other Year of Birth: Postcode: Do you have a lot of opinions? We're keen to know what our readers think, so we've created an insider's club to find out. Join, and we'll email you surveys and questions from time to time. It's a great chance to have your thoughts heard, and we'll reward you with treats too. Tick this box if you'd like to join our insider's club. Enter now!   Terms and condition

Open Sessions at the Australian Open

Open Sessions at the Australian Open

The Australian Open is underway and whether or not you're a tennis fan, you'll want to head down to Melbourne Park and check out all the action on offer. In addition to tennis stars battling it out on court for grand slam glory, the Open Sessions will see top-notch Australian and international musicians ripping it up on the Australian Open Live Stage.  The series of gigs is on throughout the tournament: expect the likes of The Living End (Jan 19), Jimmy Eat World (Jan 20), Peking Duk (Sat 21), DMA's (Jan 22) and so many more. You can also catch all the tennis action on the big screens, so don’t worry; you won’t miss a serve. Sounds pretty ace if you ask us. The gigs are free if you've already bought a ticket to that day's tennis. Ground passes start at $25 for adults, and $5 for kids, and get you access to all that's on offer at the Australian Open.

Crown Live on the Riverwalk
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Crown Live on the Riverwalk

The Riverwalk on Southbank will become a bustling street fair for ten days this summer, with food stalls, pop-up bars and big screen where you can watch all the tennis action. The esplanade along the Yarra will transform into your ultimate summer party playground. Stock up on snacks from the likes of The Merrywell (think mini Wagyu beef burgers and Yankee dogs), Gradi (big slices of pizza), Gochi (they'll be doing fresh sushi and sashimi) and Movenpick (ice cream, of course). Best part is, entry to Crown Live is completely free.  You can also grab a refreshing drink from pop-up bars from Chandon and Kirin. Pimm’s Summer Garden will also have fruity cocktail jugs and outdoor games.  So round up some mates and head to Crown Live for a perfect afternoon by the river.

Chinese New Year at The Valley
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Chinese New Year at The Valley

The Valley will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a night of colourful Chinese entertainment and racing. There will be 12 different food trucks on site, all peddling Asian delights from satay skewers to dumplings and baos to duck pancakes. There will also be plenty of traditional Chinese entertainment including dragon dancers, fire breathers, fireworks and giveaways. Hong Kong pop sensation Det Dik will be bringing his high-energy hits to life on stage, while Mandarin race caller Jamie Pi will be calling the feature race on the night. Best of all entry to the night is free, so get your family and friends together and head to the Valley for a night of racing fun.